Gender Essential Reads

Beyond the Gender-Binary

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Talking Apes
As academics struggle to reform the English language, they fail to see there’s no problem to be fixed.

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

The Neuroscience of Finger Length Ratio and Athletic Prowess

By Christopher Bergland on October 14, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have found a correlation between finger length ratios and brain function. A new study reports that having a shorter index finger may indicate athletic potential.

Why Men Grope Women

Compared to a woman paralyzed or befuddled by being groped, the man may feel like master of the universe.

Does Calling It a Joke Make Sexism More Acceptable?

The door to locker room banter was opened up in last week’s revelations in the now infamous Access Hollywood video. New research shows just how humor can be used to cover sexism.

What's Wrong With Locker Room Talk?

In the wake of Donald Trump's lewd comments, there's a debate about whether "locker room talk" is really all that bad.

How Could Voters Give Trump a Pass on Misogyny? Here’s How

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on October 08, 2016 in Honor Bound
Will Donald Trump's supporters abandon him in the wake of his openly sexist comments, caught on video? Recent research reveals why they might not.

The Transgender Bathroom Controversy

The debate over transgender rights is becoming as contentious as the debate over marriage equality. But why is it that this issue, like same-sex marriage, has created such a furor?

The Surprising Truth About Why People Use Tinder

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Love, Digitally
Using Tinder to find love outweighs the use of it for casual sex; people also use Tinder to boost their self-esteem.

Masculinity Does Not Equal Toughness, Research Argues

The traditional view of the manly man is that he is tough, hard, and unfeeling. A new viewpoint suggests that manly men can also show they care, benefiting everyone.

The Top Ten Myths About Men’s Sexuality

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
It is time to stop gender bias and catch therapists up to understanding what really is happening in men’s erotic universe.

How Frequent is Sexual Objectification?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in The Big Questions
New research tests the frequency of unwanted sexual gazing.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

New Study Finds the Average American Woman is Now Plus-Size

Although it is widely acknowledged that the standard sizing system is flawed, being designated as plus-size is nevertheless something of a damning fate for many women.

Women’s Right to Say YES to Sexuality

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Women’s sexual right to say “yes” should be respected, including their right to freely shape their sexual performances, without incurring any social or emotional censure.

Will We Ever Notice Boys' Struggles?

I was a strong supporter of feminism until I discovered — nearly 25 years ago — that boys, much more than girls, were struggling in school and other very important ways.

Bare Faced, Glowing and Dewy

Freckled and fresh-faced, these are the girls we want to be: evolved beyond the tyranny of traditional makeup, but effortlessly beautiful. It is a paradoxical beauty ideal.

The Mothers of Mankind

Proposed self-domestication of our species raises the issue of who the domesticators were. Insights of the imprinted brain theory argue they were ancestral mothers.

Who's Keeping You Quiet?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Trust
The best listeners recognize they don't already know it all.

The American Dream: For Single People, Is It Just a Fantasy?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Living Single
New reports offer new insights on the psychology and economics of home buying for single women, single men, and unmarried couples.

Benevolent Sexism and the Art of the Deal

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in The Enquiry
Benevolent and hostile sexism have proved a winning combination for men for thousands of years, but it is not working for Donald Trump.

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.

Is Modern Academic Feminism Harming Women?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are American women being harmed by feminists who treat them like they are an oppressed and fragile group that needs protected?

The High Cost of Crying, for Both Men and Women

How are you perceived when you cry? It turns out that gender and the situation have a lot to do with whether your tears will be accepted.

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

How to Move a Relationship out of the Friend Zone

Everyone engages in a little fantasizing in which the platonic turns to the romantic. New research shows that these fantasies can become reality under the right conditions.

How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.

Gifted Programs’ Embarrassing Secret

All gifted children should receive the specialized services they need to reach their fullest potential. Then why are some gifted students excluded?

Gender Identity Is in the Brain. What Does This Tell Us?

Has the surge in our knowledge of the brain told us anything useful about the basis for gender identity? If it did, how would we use it?

The Battle of the Archetypes

By Moses Ma on August 07, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
Using a modern slant on Jungian analysis, the masculine and feminine archetypes are at war – understanding group dynamics and collective psychology is how politicians win.