Gender

Exploring of the incel phenomenon: image of male and female genes and a psy symbol

Exploring the Psychology of the Incel Phenomenon

The incel (a portmanteau of “involuntary celibate”) phenomenon, at least in its present incarnation, has emerged in the last decade and a bit. It’s come into the public eye through acts of violence committed by the likes of Elliot Rodger (in 2014 in Isla Vista, California) and Alek Minassian (in 2018 in Toronto, Ontario). Misogyny, …

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Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers

Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain’s hormonal air traffic …

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Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?

Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

I got thinking about this after watching an interview with Steven Pinker, one of my academic crushes, and then another interview with Jordan Peterson. Both referred to biological differences between men and women, although in different ways, and I wanted to do a post exploring my own take on sex and gender differences, and the …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… a Psychological Construct

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is psychological construct. In psychology, constructs are ways to describe patterns of behaviour or experiences so that they can be explored, investigated, and discussed. It’s a way of putting a name to things that don’t exist in a …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week we’ll look at sex vs. gender, as they’re not the same thing. While the terms sex and gender are often used interchangeably, they actually have distinct meanings. The distinction between the two was first proposed by a sexologist in the …

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Nevertheless, she persisted - watercolour drawing of a woman

Why Feminism Helps All of Us (Not Just Women)

It’s easy to think of feminism as something that’s solely about boosting up the status of women. I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes People may enact feminist beliefs in different ways, but at its core, feminism recognizes how traditional gender roles, stereotypes, and expectations have …

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