Essential Reads

Eight Major Problems for Women on the Job

Are you female, and frustrated by your slow advancement at work? Here are roadblocks you don't see.

How Many Sex Partners Does It Take to Be Happy?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Insight Therapy
When it comes to sex, most people will agree that the partnered version is better than the solitary one. But how many partners?

Checking Up on the Science of Homosexuality

What does science really tell us about sexual orientation?

13 Things You Must Know if You Are Divorcing a Narcissist

By Peg Streep on May 11, 2016 in Tech Support
Divorce is hard enough under any circumstances, especially if there are children in the mix, but divorcing a narcissist can be hell on earth. Here's what you should prepare for.

More Posts on Gender

What has happened to American education?

What is happening to our students?

In Politics, Is It Always Good to Be a Woman?

Should Hillary play the Woman Card or the Human Card? Counteracting the stereotype of the female political candidate.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Why Feminist Therapy?

We have come a long way, but...

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.

Why Do Men Find Women’s Legs So Alluring?

Researchers have spent far less time studying men’s attraction to women’s legs than the typical man devotes to gazing at them . . . and maybe finding himself spellbound by them.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

Tuesday May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. Check out these 4 mindfulness tips!

The Manliness of Donald Trump

Not since Ronald Reagan has America had a manly president, and maybe that’s a good thing. Trump’s “us vs. them” mentality appeals to our visceral, unthinking instincts.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Electing a woman president would be truly revolutionary.

Can Women Change the Way They Compliment Each Other?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on May 15, 2016 in Psy-curious
When women praise each other for their looks, it can actually do more harm than good.

Stress, Success And The Demise of Manhood

R.E.M. sang "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." But many men find their view of manhood and success crumbling, and it doesn't feel so "fine." Here's why.

How to Talk to Kids About What it Means to be Transgender

With all of this media attention, kids who are not transgendered may have questions about what this issue is really about. This is a teachable moment.

Sex and Gender Are Dials (Not Switches)

Science and sexual diversity: Explaining complex combinations sex and gender

Does Talking to an Attractive Woman Make Men Dumber?

If women value intelligent mates, why do men become less intelligent when talking to beautiful women?

Why Award-Winning Employers Fail to Promote Gender Equality?

All the King’s men couldn’t overcome the resistance against women

A Scientific Case for Ending Sexism in the Church

Research indicates that women are more religious than men and perhaps better able to provide spiritual leadership.

“Normal Barbie” Challenges Body Ideals

Should dolls represent 'real' people? Some believe that it is essential to resist the thin ideal.

No Birth Control? Then No Alcohol

How responsible is a woman who consumes alcohol not knowing she’s pregnant?

Sex Differences in Romantic Jealousy: Evolved or Illusory?

Sex differences in jealousy: Evolved or illusory?

Are Brains Male or Female?

Amidst all the political rhetoric about gender comes a provocative new study that searches for structural brain differences between the sexes.
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Why It Doesn’t Matter Much Whether You’re a Man or a Woman

But in general, in my observation, for any particular person, individual differences swamp gender differences.

Bad and Good News About Racism, Sexism, and Discrimination

When it comes to racism, sexism, and prejudice there is both bad news and good news. We likely can never eliminate these qualities in people but we can make great progress.

Racial and Political Gaps

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on May 07, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Newspaper editorials and some interesting scholarly developments suggest that the fight against political bias is actually having some influence.

Ejecting the Beauty Myth

Through the media's portrayal of beauty, we have accepted the idea that older women are “expired products," but this myth is not only poisonous, it's flat out wrong.

Why Do Women Strive for Abdominal Perfection?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Abdominal workouts that promise sexy, sculpted abdominals fast are common. Why are we enticed by their promise?

Seven Lessons I Have Learned in Therapy with Men

What is involved in a man exploring his inner world? Hint: it looks different than a woman exploring hers.

The Woman's Erotic Zone

Think you're familiar with the woman's pleasure point? Think again.

Why Intersex and Transgender Are Very Different

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on April 30, 2016 in As You Like It
People hear way more about Transgender than they do Intersex, while Intersex is important to know about.

The Upcoming Genderal Election for President

Is it time for a woman president? Absolutely. In fact, it’s past time – and that’s a possible problem for Hillary Clinton.

Are We All Hypocrites?

Is hypocrisy bad, or is it in fact just the natural state of the human psyche?