Essential Reads

Coercive Control of Women

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on April 28, 2017 in Mind Games
"Are we all talking about the same man?" asks a woman in a recovery group for women with controlling partners.

13 Things You Never Knew About College Admissions

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in Living Single
Evidence-based answers to some of the thorniest questions about fairness in college admissions.

Five Ways to Fit in with Just About Any Crowd

There are times for individuality but other times when you want to blend into the crowd. New research on conformity and mental health suggests how to gain acceptance.

Love and Exile: Decoding the Many Rules of the Girl Code

By Jen Kim on April 24, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What do women want from their female friendships? Decoding the rules of the Girl Code.

More Posts on Gender

Climate Change: How to Prevent Workplace Harassment

The workplace is our home away from home; let´s work together to keep it predator-free. Here are some methods of preventing sexual harassment from becoming sexual assault.

Sexual Harassment Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Sexual Harassment: Do you know it when you see it? Many people don´t--including the perpetrators.

Is Women's History Month a problem?

Does Women's History Month threaten men?

Male Body Image and Neckties: What's the Relationship?

What a man's necktie says about his personality may not be exactly what you'd expect. Research on the male body image sheds light on this part of a man's clothing selections.

Cultivating Smarter Prejudices

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Ambigamy
An exploration of what prejudice really is, why we need it, how prejudices go wrong, and how to argue for better prejudices.

Screens or People?

Is multi-tasking wearing you out? Does electronic contact make you feel both closer and more disconnected from others?

What We Can Learn From "A Day Without a Woman"

What professional challenges do women still experience, and how can social resistance bring about change?
Mack Hicks

Should Little Boys Wear Lipstick?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Digital Pandemic
How similar are boys and girls? Should we cross-dress them?

Karate Kicking to a Song by Sia

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
This is a story about a woman you haven’t heard of who influenced a girl you probably don’t know but who did something with a singer you’ve certainly seen.

Why He Cares About Your Orgasm

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Many men care about giving women orgasms. The thing is, giving them an orgasm makes the man feel more manly, and serves purposes for the man, as well as the woman.

Your Child Just Told You He's Gay. Now What?

How you can respond, without offense but with unconditional love.

Memo to Our Sons and Grandsons: The Future Is Female

When I read of Hillary Clinton’s video proclamation to the women of MAKERS that “the future is female,” my mind immediately raced to my four grandsons, ages 3, 7, 10, and 11.

It’s the Mode For Men to Have More Sex Partners

A common fallacy mistakes the mean for the mode where numbers of sex partners distinguished by sex is concerned.

How Androgyny Works (Part 3)

People who have expanded their behavioral repertoire feel better about themselves. They have a bigger bag of tricks and more options available to them.
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How Could Men Report More Sex and More Partners Than Women?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Whenever a man has hetero sex, a woman does, too. Yet men consistently report more sex with more partners. How could this be?

What Trump’s Actions Really Mean for Transgender Students

Five things to know and do in response to Trump's revocation of supportive resources for transgender youth.

On Always Seeing Things Through the Victim Lens

For a woman to assume that any interaction with a man that feels uncomfortable or demeaning is sexist could be an inaccurate appraisal.

Controlling the Conduct of College Women in the 1960s

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Rules regulating the freedoms of college women were absolutely draconian in 1962. In hindsight, the unabashed double standards of collegiate social regulations were jaw dropping.

Why Boys Really Need Boy Dolls

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Woman Power
Boys deserve healthy masculinity and doll play will help get them there.

The Privilege of Not Understanding Privilege

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
I don’t want rich people to apologize for being born with money; I just want them to act like they know they didn’t earn it.

Three Relationship Tips, Courtesy of the Obamas

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 13, 2017 in Quite Queerly
The exemplary relationship practices the Obamas shared with each other and the world, is a rare and valuable form of leadership that we benefitted from on a daily basis.

The Romance of Boycotting Valentine's Day

By Holly Parker, Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Your Future Self
And it’s precisely because romantic bonds are so meaningful and valuable that we’d do well to give Valentine’s Day the snub this year. Why?

Five Things You Should Know About Gender Trends on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 12, 2017 in College Wellness
College aged adults are redefining what it means to be a man or a woman.

Women Who Stay Single or Get Divorced Are Healthiest

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Living Single
Women 50+ who got married got fatter, drank more, and had higher blood pressure than when they were single. Women who divorced got healthier than they were when they were married.
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Men Understanding Women Understanding Men

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Talking About Men
Many romantic relationships flounder on minor misunderstandings, which can often escalate into full-scale crises. What can be done to diminish such misunderstandings?

What Sexism Research Says About the Rebuke of Senator Warren

Silencing Warren reflected sexism still pervasive in American politics.

Misandry AND Misogyny

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Both misogyny and misandry are back in the news again, not that they really ever left, but now they are highlighted.

What About Women with ADD?

By Melissa Orlov on February 08, 2017 in May I Have Your Attention
A recent review of the research on ADHD in women can help women, and the partners who love them, live better with ADHD.

Constrained by Coupling: Your Friends Are Not Your Own

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Living Single
If you are coupled, it matters whether your partner likes your friends. What does that mean for the quality of single people’s friendships vs. coupled people’s?

Recognizing and Treating STDs

Do you have a mental illness or an STD?