Essential Reads

Introducing Heterodox Academy

Organizing to Liberate Campuses and Scholarship From (Mostly Leftist) Dogma

Why Are Kids Sexting?

The leading pundits tell us not to worry, just chill. The pundits are wrong.

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

Research into how much chemistry couples really feel for each other.

Loss Aversion and Romance

Why do we search more for deal breakers than for positive trait in partners?

Recent Posts on Gender

Misandry Again- Part 2

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Rethinking Men
The strange thing about misandry is its rapid rise. Until the 1950s men were generally respected, I think.

Misandry Again Part 1

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Rethinking Men
My earlier post, “Re-Thinking Misandry” (6 October 2010) generated considerable interest: some positive, some negative, some constructive, some remarkably obscene, and much of it debating male privilege vs female privilege: as in “Women and children first” and “At least you know the kid is yours.” Clearly both misogyny and misandry are alive and, well, sick...

Think Pink for Girls

The Bank of Costa Rica announced the opening of pink banks for women with the slogan, posted on billboards all over San Jose, "NoWoman Is Complicated." I know where I am geographically, but I think I have fallen out of time to a much earlier century.

Men’s Conflict Mantra

“It’s not if you win or lose, it is how you play the game.”

Introducing Heterodox Academy

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

Mostly Leftist Threats to Mostly Campus Speech

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Rabble Rouser
Social justice, trigger warnings, microagressions -- mounting threats to freedom of speech on campuses and elsewhere

Can ‘Sexy’ Fitness Be Empowering to Women?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Fit Femininity
Women can now choose between many different fitness activities to feel more self-confident, strong, and empowered. Why would 'sexy' activities like pole dancing be considered particularly particularly liberating for women?

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.

A Man's World but Not a Boy's

What do I tell my sons? That they should encourage their sons to support the aspirations of girls, girls who are already surpassing them in school at all levels, and going on to graduate schools in larger numbers?

Sexism: One More Time With Feeling

By Jesse Marczyk on November 14, 2015 Pop Psych
More research emerges claiming a gender bias in how sexism research is interpreted. The treatment of the issue seems painfully one-sided

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.

Fathers and Daughters

By Nick Luxmoore on November 14, 2015 Young People Up Close
Growing older, daughters need their fathers differently.

Are There Any Feminists in Hollywood?

Are they any real feminists among celebrities? What are the issues regarding gender inequality that continue to persist as reflected in Hollywood? Will the real feminist celebrities please stand up?

It Wants to Happen

Feminism is stepping out of the shadows as many celebrities, intellectuals and politicians heartily and intelligently endorse full human rights for girls and women.It is everywhere on the planted it is happening.

Queer Orthodoxies

Queer Orthodoxies: LGBTQ issues, the Orthodox Jewish Community, and psychotherapy. By Alison Feit, Ph.D. and Alan Slomowitz, Ph.D.

Loss Aversion and Romance

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

Adult Lessons from the Peanuts Movie

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 07, 2015 How To Do Life
A potent character builder....but a reinforcer of a key anti-male stereotype

The Very Strange World of Sexism Research

By Jesse Marczyk on November 06, 2015 Pop Psych
Some truly strange papers get produced when social reputations are on the line.

My Gay Voice and Yours

The great documentary "Do I Sound Gay," explores the cultural misogyny and homophobia that inhibits all of our voices. We can all benefit form challenging these norms and allowing ourselves more freedom to listen and to have authentic voices of our own, regardless of our gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

To Win an Argument, Women Need to Hold Their Temper

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. For a woman, chances are you’ll lose the power of persuasion according to new research on how juries reach their decisions.

The Male and Female Brain Are More Similar Than Once Assumed

Neuoroscientists currently believe that the male and female brain are much more similar than once assumed. A new meta-analysis of 76 published papers, involving over 6,000 healthy individuals, has debunked the widely-held assumption that brain size varies by gender.

Is Flirting Between Gay and Straight Men Okay?

By Rick Miller LICSW on November 01, 2015 Unwrapped
Is a hug the new handshake?

Gender and Money: Are There Sex Differences in Money Usage?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 01, 2015 A Sideways View
Have you ever had a relationship with an emotional shopper? Are there sex differences in attitudes to, beliefs about and behaviour regarding money

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?

Is There a Problem With Bearded Men?

Psychologists in Australia have discovered that men who choose to grow a beard are more sexist than their clean-shaven peers.

Giving Psychology Away

Proposals are expected to come from a diverse set of interest areas, including but not limited to: social justice; intergroup relations, prejudice, discrimination, and privilege; self and identity; political psychology and public policy; social cognition; pedagogy; nature and the environment.

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.

Why Is Peace So Elusive on This Planet?

Is peace even possible among our species? How?

Women in Science, What Explains Gaps, Part II

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on October 24, 2015 Rabble Rouser
The nearly obsessive emphasis on discrimination as THE source of the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields among social scientists is not wrong, but it is misplaced. The gap comes from many difference sources. Ignoring those does women a disservice.

Translating Whiteness

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on October 23, 2015 Social Studies
Whiteness is increasingly dangerous in the U.S. where white men act out their sense of fragility with weapons. But this white masculinity is circulating the globe. Stories in Sweden,Hungary and Russia show just how whiteness travels in ways that are depressingly familiar.