Essential Reads

How Do New Babies Affect Parent and Sibling Relationships?

Many couples expect a new child to strengthen their union, but distress first-born children. Research suggests that these expectations are unfounded.

The "T" in LGBTQ

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in All Things LGBTQ
An annotated guide to some definitions and terminology related to variations in gender identity.

Why Don't Doctors Ask LGBT Kids About Their Identities?

Does your child's sexual orientation receive short shrift from their doctor?
Rebecca [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Who and What Is a Pansexual?

Pansexuality offers teenagers an opportunity not to rule out anyone solely because of sex or gender. It explodes traditional categorical identities straight, bisexual, and gay.

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Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Harassment Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the cognitive dissonance generated by the Franken sexual harassment case.

Me Too and Misogyny

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on November 18, 2017 in Catching Homelessness
If you are tired of the current focus on gender-based violence, think again and consider the underlying misogyny affecting us all.

Will Celebrity Groper Stories Lead to a Silent Backlash?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in BrainSnacks
Will men in power react defensively to the media obsession with sexual misconduct by adopting the "Billy Graham rule" in dealing with the women in their environments?

Why has #MeToo Gone Viral?

How and why are the many accusations of sexual assault going viral at this time?

Who’s Afraid of Roy Moore? Incongruence in the Age of Trump

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on November 17, 2017 in Intersections
If ethical principles and moral codes really have a bearing in voters' daily lives, then they should probably not overlook the nine allegations, and problematic stances, of Moore.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.

Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist With Wonder Woman in Between

A psychologist helped build up the comic book industry. In the 1950s, a psychiatrist wrecked it. Both saw comics' powerful potential, whether to improve society or destroy it.

Domestic Violence Victims Kept Silent by Trump’s Policies

It's vital to create a safe and supportive environment for a person looking to escape an abusive situation. Our current immigration policies do not create such an environment.

Why Visibility Matters

By Jennifer O’Brien Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in All Things LGBTQ
There has been a significant rise in LGBTQ+ representation in the media in recent years - why is this important?

Cosmo Writer: Sex With Other Women Made Me a Better Lover

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Sex writer Sophie St Thomas reveals how she became a better lover by sleeping with women.

Body Objectification: The Psychology Behind This Epidemic

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Clear Communication
Implicit association tests are clear but they shouldn't be an excuse to objectify the human body. Understanding the psychology behind objectification might help us fight back.

Four Psychological Traits of Sexual Harassers

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
What psychological traits make someone more prone to sexually harassing others?

Does Evolutionary Psychology Promote Transphobia?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
Do not promulgate “fixed binaries and biological essentialism” lest you might be accused of being transphobic and pro-genocide!

A Question Everyone's Afraid to Ask

By Kaja Perina on November 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
The meta-question in psychology is now "What questions are off limits?" Increasingly, the answer is "Any inquiry that interferes with people's sense of how the world should work."

Adolescent Identities and Our Biases

Are you wondering what it can mean to affirm adolescence? Let's talk about identities adolescents are coming to understand, and the biases that may be directed towards them.

Why Do People Hate Smart Women?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 06, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.

Creating a Culture of Yes

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Culture in Mind
How do we create a culture of sexual expression in which women feel empowered to say yes and men to hear no?

#MeToo and the Long March Toward Women’s Rights

By Susan Hooper on October 31, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Attacks on girls and women take many forms throughout the world, from outright assault to subtle but insidious messages that females are not and never can be the equal of males.
Emma Comtois

The Majority of Girls Face Sexual Harassment with No Hashtag

Millions of women have now acknowledged that they have been sexually harassed. Yet recently, with no public outrage, major protections against harassment of girls were removed.

Beyond #MeToo and #IBelieveYou

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on October 30, 2017 in Quite Queerly
To move beyond our sexist culture we must look inward, acknowledge the ways we have caused harm to our sisters (and brothers), and initiate dialogue.
Wikimedia Commons, public domain

And the Lady from Philadelphia Said...

By E E Smith on October 29, 2017 in Not Born Yesterday
The only thing I know about someone called the “Lady from Philadelphia” is that she was a character in a novel, possibly by Charles Dickens.

Lady CFO: A Case of Unconscious Bias

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
We could not survive if all our decisions were completely subject to the conscious mind.

Will Rape Culture Finally be Taken Seriously?

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in The First Impression
Has rape culture reached a tipping point with the recent revelations regarding sexual predator Harvey Weinstein?

The Power of Preying

Harvey Weinstein is just one of many.

Repression of Women: What Does Biology Tell Us?

The origins of gender inequality go way back into our biological history. The evolution of the human brain has enabled us to develop increasingly effective ways of dealing with it.

Harvey Weinstein Is Not a Monster

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in The Third Wave
Let's use Harvey Weinstein as an opportunity to talk honestly about sexual assault and harassment.

Gambling Sports Advertising

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in In Excess
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.

#MeToo Meet #ImperfectMen

Why aren’t #ImperfectMen speaking out?

Is Monogamy Still a Thing?

Sexual fidelity and emotional fidelity have typically held different meanings and values for romantic partners based on gender. Is this still true today?

#MeToo and Preventing Sexual Harassment at School

How to talk about #metoo and reduce sexual harassment in schools.