Essential Reads

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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in 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.
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Congressmen Shape Laws to Favor Their Daughters

By Ilan Shrira on January 16, 2016 in The Narcissus in All of Us
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 in Saving Normal
Bob Spitzer, who recently died at age 83, was the most influential psychiatrist of his time and a pioneer in normalizing homosexuality.

More Posts on Gender

Women's Secrets—to the Female Brain

Are scientists figuring out the difference between the male and female brain?

Sex, Gender, and Testosterone

What is the relationship between hormones and gender roles?

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Moisture

Why do most women think they have to moisturize every day? Why do most men have no idea why anybody should have to do that?

Barbie for President!

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Social Studies
Is the new Curvy Barbie a revolution? Probably not and here's why.

Dreams of Technology

A word search analysis of 16,000 dream reports reveals which kinds of modern technology have most influenced people's dreams in terms of their frequency of appearance.

Punching Anti-Gay Hate Right in the Nose

By Rebecca Coffey on February 01, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
One amazing organization providing safety and support to homeless LGBTQ kids was bombarded by hate — by a church. What happened next will knock your socks off.

Rape is Not (Only) About Power; It’s (Also) About Sex

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Therapy
The common explanation that ‘rape is not about sex’ is long on ideology, but short on accuracy.

How Wives Contest The Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final

Their investigation found married players suffered a significant decrease in ranking points between the year before getting married, and the year after...

The Worst State in the Country for LGBT Rights?

By Rebecca Coffey on January 29, 2016 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Oklahoma's legislators are currently considering 25 bills that would threaten LGBT rights. Don't they know what Sigmund Freud learned—the hard way?

Gender Pay Inequality and Mental Health

Beyond Bullying! It's hard to believe that in this day and age, women are still treated as second class citizens in the workplace.

Boy Is Beautiful

Boys are likely to get the message – from school among other places – that there is something inherently wrong with them if they act like most boys have always acted.

Code Switching Solves Workplace Communication in 2020

The term "code switching" refers to having knowledge of both the male and female cultures or languages and readily swapping between them as you communicate.

Why Choose Cosmetic Surgery?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 24, 2016 A Sideways View
Attractive people get treated in life more favourably than unattractive people. Unfair but true. Is this why people choose cosmetic surgery to attempt to make them more attractive?

Do Men Have a Problem With Dating Smart Women?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 23, 2016 Off the Couch
Years ago, Sara’s mother had told her, “if you want to find a husband, don’t be too smart.” Was she right?

A Practice of Mindfulness Doesn’t Take Time, It Makes Time!

By Rick Miller LICSW on January 22, 2016 Unwrapped
A well-rounded lifestyle should include regularly tuning into oneself — and tuning out the distractions. Being present sets the stage for personal effectiveness and satisfaction.

The 13 Reasons We Have Sex

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 Curious?
New research on sexuality that offers insights into the different motives behind the act.

The One Penis Policy

This blog explores the phenomenon of the One Penis Policy in which some men in polyamorous relationships attempt to limit their female partners access to other men.

Are Women Better Dog Trainers Than Men?

The fact that four out of five companion dog trainers are women may be partially due to the fact that dogs respond differently to men and women.

Male and Female Brains

There are really no male and female brains, pink and blue brains, Mars and Venus brains. Why do so many of us believe this then?

When Teamwork Backfires

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 Good Thinking
Work productivity soars when men and women work on the same team. But men are more likely to get the credit.

Day 1: Bonnie Burstow on feminist psychotherapy and language

Today's interview in the Future of Mental Health Interview series is with Bonnie Burstow on feminist psychotherapy and the power of language

Crisscrossing Layers of Privilege

Why is it so much easier for so many people to say that they are "fortunate" than to say they are "privileged"?

Eating Right in 2016: Still "Women's Work"?

Men and women approach food differently. Here's why.

Talking with High School Students about Communication

Talk about communication of the un-spoken and spoken kinds, view communication as data sharing, discuss primary information needs, and suggest sex differences that may occur

Is Segregation Coming Back?

Is confining women and girls to pink spaces a way to keep them safe?

Political Correctness Unpacked

I am done apologizing for being a straight white male. Is it ok for me to say that? In this blog, I unpack political correctness, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lessons from a Trump Rally

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 Social Studies
If we are ever going to solve our problems as a country, we need to replace the anger of Trump supporters with hope for a more collective future.

Women And Psychology-Related Career Opportunities

Have opportunities improved for women in Psychology-related careers? Definitely!

How Intelligent Are You?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 05, 2016 A Sideways View
There is a growing literature on self-assessed (self-estimated) as opposed to test-derived intelligence. The results are consistent but rather surprising.

3 Surprising Truths About Gender and Loneliness

By Kira Asatryan on January 04, 2016 The Art of Closeness
Do men and women experience loneliness differently? Yes. And cultural expectations have a lot to do with it.