Gender Essential Reads

Of Mice and Women: A Dark Side of Oxytocin and Conservation

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Animal Emotions
Studies of sex differences in responses to stress now focus on females. Usually data from animal studies are used for humans, but this information is important for the animals.

Congressmen Shape Laws to Favor Their Daughters

Children influence their parents' values in ways that parents might not be aware.

Where’s the Nearest Starbucks? Sex Differences in Wayfinding

Are there really evolved sex differences in cognition?

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 08, 2016 Saving Normal
Bob Spitzer, who recently died at age 83, was the most influential psychiatrist of his time and a pioneer in normalizing homosexuality.

Why You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Find out how you’re really influencing the impression you make on others without even knowing it.

Ten Erection Disappointments That Are NOT “ED”

By Marty Klein PhD on December 31, 2015 Sexual Intelligence
Didn't get an erection last time you wanted to? You probably don't have "ED"--maybe it's just unrealistic expectations.

No Mabel, You DON'T Have to Compete With Porn Actresses

By Marty Klein PhD on December 22, 2015 Sexual Intelligence
Comparing yourself to porn actresses--and feeling resentful? Here's an alternative.

What It Takes to Be a Bomber Pilot

Of course, it takes a myriad of skills to be a good bomber pilot. Some of these skills can be measured by perceptual tests.

If You Give a Man a Gun: Men, Evolution, & Mass Shootings

A lack of attention from others results in a lack of status, resulting in a lack of access to women. Combined with a young man’s testosterone, it creates a toxic, combustible mix.

What It Means to Eat 'Like a Man' (or Woman)

Foods are gendered—meat is associated with virile masculinity and “light” foods are evoke delicate femininity—and are a means gender performance and others’ gendered evaluation.

Statistical Abracadabra: Making Sex Differences Disappear

How to make sex differences appear to disappear.

Introducing Heterodox Academy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Fighting "Mirror Image McCarthyism" and Advancing Political Diversity on Campuses

Why Are Kids Sexting?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 Sax on Sex
Why do girls and boys send sexy photos? The answers for girls are different from the answers for boys.

11 Questions to Find Out How Much Your Partner Turns You On

Studies on relationship satisfaction don’t always capture the true qualities that promote intimacy between partners, especially when it comes to sexuality. The real key, as recent research shows, may lie in a much more intense feeling called, for lack of a better word, “fascination.” This 11-item scale will put your fascination with your partner to the test.

Loss Aversion and Romance

By Eyal Winter on November 07, 2015 Feeling Smart
Lazy and disheveled ranks as top deal breaker.

Why Don't We Trust Angry Women?

In the heat of an argument, it’s natural to lose your temper once in a while. Whether that meltdown will help you or hurt you in winning that argument depends on your gender.

Why CEOs Are Committed to Diversity Management

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on October 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Is there more to it than a business case?

Can We Answer Life's Big Questions?

Evolutionary psychologists are always thinking about the big picture. As such, from the perspective of an evolutionary psychologist, there are actually pretty clear answers to the big questions of life.

Does Religious Freedom Trump Gender Equality?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 21, 2015 Saving Normal
Is there a middle ground between demanding a universal standard of human rights versus respecting the traditions of alien cultures and religions that espouse discriminatory practices against women.

The Case for Transgender-Affirming School Policies

How can we make schools more inclusive of transgender students? Why policies matter.

Coming Out and Taking In

As righteous, thrilling, and important as coming out is--and it is!--it is equally important to take in. Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Should Women Make the First Move in a Relationship?

In the traditional world of dating, men ask and women wait to be asked. A new dating app is changing the rules, but what makes women wait in the first place?

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Give and Take
Men see no bias, hear no bias, speak no bias

Is Marriage Worth It For Women?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Insight Therapy
Why are women more likely than men to initiate divorce?

Viola Davis Matters

Onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Letting a variety of people into our imaginations and our lives often yields huge rewards.

Do 'Macho' Men Get All the Attention in the Dating Pool?

Women's preferences for masculine or feminine faces vary considerably. A new study puts evolutionary explanations of these preferences to the test.

Yintimidation: Bullying The "Nice" Way

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Ambigamy
We associate bullying with yang or macho behavior, but that's not the only way to bully

Why Some Welcome Unisex Bathrooms, and Some Steer Clear

Why are women more comfortable than men when sharing multi-user unisex bathrooms? Although still influenced by Victorian-era paternalism toward women, the gendered dynamics behind men's discomfort primarily reflect their fears and insecurities in all-male public restrooms. Does man's de facto exclusion undermine the inclusive intention of multi-user unisex bathrooms?

Bromance and Tribe Identity

Women need to talk about relationships, while men would rather just live them.

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

The behaviors that males who have eating disorders engage in may not always resemble the typical pattern of efforts to slim down observed in women’s disordered eating behavior.