Essential Reads

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

Do Female Presidents or Prime Ministers Make Any Difference?

...if the percentage of women in the legislature increases by 5 per cent, a state is nearly five times less likely to use violence internationally.
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Do Men and Women Lead Differently?

Can you tell a male brain and a female brain apart just by looking? How about a male leader's brain from a female leader's brain?

The Political Gender Gap: Do Women Care More About Fairness?

One reason women tend to prefer candidates who seem more committed to economic equality and a strong social safety net may be that women are less overconfident about the future.

More Posts on Gender

Real Men Don’t Type

In the computer age, the available jobs look to real men like training to be a girl.

Leslie Jones is a Movie Star Who Makes me Laugh and Cry

The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.

Who is That Big, Green Judging Machine?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 23, 2016 in Wander Woman
Judging and criticizing can be exhausting. So why does your brain thrive on hurling insults? Learn why and what you can do to gain peace of mind and better relationships.

The Woman Who Brought Down Roger Ailes

Institutional sexism is put in the spotlight with the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

D.W. Sue: Microaggressions Are NOT Always Racism

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Promoter of the term "microaggression" regrets its weaponization and chilling effect on campus free speech.

Another Look at Psychiatric Diagnosis

Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Peer behind the curtains of this system.

“She Has No Money; She’ll Come Crawling Back.” NOT!

When financially trapped, it is harder to break free from an abuser’s domination. The Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project offers access to some solutions.

Who's More Likely to Try to Cheat Their Way to the Top?

The dark side of getting ahead involves cheating and sabotaging others. Lab research comparing the two sexes finds the dark side is more likely to be inhabited by men.

The Transgender Bathroom Battle

The Supreme Court may decide the debate over transgender bathroom laws. Let’s hope they use common sense.

Branding Tattoos Use Ink to Violate Women

Tattoo branding has become a popular form of violence against women.

The Story of a Trans Father

Ms Faludi found her father’s sex-change "had only added a barricade, another false front to hide behind." She is startled to find Stefánie embracing a "florid femininity"

She Said, He Said, She Said

In which a male and female psychologist on opposite sides of the planet attempt to draw closer in understanding what makes it so hard for marriages to stay alive.

Taking It Like a Man: Understanding Grieving Styles

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 04, 2016 in Good Mourning
Do men and women grieve differently? Some do, some do not.

Doubling Down on the Woman Card—a Clinton/Warren Ticket

Will a Clinton-Warren ticket defy stereotypical beliefs about women candidates? Research indicates that these two political powerhouses certainly may do just that.

Why Getting a New Handbag Makes Me Crazy

I finally broke down and bought a new handbag. Each time I look for something in it, it is like learning to walk all over again.

Sacrificing Reality to Sexual Politics

By Marty Klein PhD on June 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Exaggerating or inventing stories to bolster social justice movements will eventually undermine social justice.

Why Hillary Has a Man Problem

When men see women as going too far, too fast, they circle the wagons.

Celebrating Marriage Equality's One Year Anniversary

How have things been different for loving couples since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, one year ago?

Resisting “The Biggest Loser Effect”

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Many exercising women are dissatisfied with their bodies. Can self-compassion help with body acceptance?

Chivalry Isn’t Dead, But Men Are

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 27, 2016 in Pop Psych
In general, people appear to value the welfare of women over the welfare of men. Why?

My 50 Year Obsession: A Gendoir, Part II

What was true in the early 1990s remains true into the 21st century: To be concerned about boys does not fit well with liberal thinking.

Spectrum of Sexuality and Romance

We are not sexual and romantic categories but share our proclivities with many others.

Gender Communication: It’s Complicated

Women and men can be perceived as members of two distinct and separate subcultures within a larger, more general culture.

Tony-Nominated Director Liesl Tommy Makes More Than History

When we share our authentic stories and listen carefully to those around us, we all win. And we can thank people like the Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy, for showing us how.

Are Polyamorous Relationships Sexist?

Polyamory may be sexist sometimes, but the unruly women who own their sexual desires and reject slut shaming have power in poly life, earn their own money, and control their lives.

Can Love Live Out Loud and Proud?

By Marty Babits on June 22, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Even in 2016, many still live in the closet. Despite the legalization of gay marriage, the forces of homophobic violence still exact a horrifying price from all.

Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives

All queer people are equally in the crosshairs of homegrown hatred. Our straight families and friends need to recognize this openly and explicitly.

Are Transitions Killing Us?

Why men and not just women must change.
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Straight, Not Straight, Gay, Not Gay

We believe that we understand a person if we know whether she or he is straight or gay. But there might be alternatives to these two categories.

Dear Fathers: Let's Talk to Our Sons About Toxic Masculinity

Fellow fathers, we've been doing a terrible job in terms of what we teach our kids about masculinity. So terrible, in fact, that we are partly responsible for the Orlando massacre.