Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?
Society & Social Justice

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… Continue reading Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are sex vs. gender. As we near the end of Pride Month, I've spruced up this older post about terminology related to sex vs. gender. When I initially published it early last year, it got a few really ignorant… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Libido (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is libido. I'm guessing everyone already knows what libido (or sex drive) is on a surface level, but I was curious to find out what lies beneath the surface, and it turns out that it's influenced by a… Continue reading What Is… Libido (Insights into Psychology)

The tragedy of female genital mutilation
Society & Social Justice

The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to euphemistically as female circumcision, but it's drastically different from male circumcision in form, function, and consequences. FGM involves cutting or removing parts of the external female genitalia, including some or all of the clitoral glans and clitoral hood, inner labia, and outer labia. The diagram below shows… Continue reading The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

ladybugs mating
Miscellaneous

What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

This is mostly a rhetorical question for me, since I don't have kids and most likely never will, but how would you teach your kids about sex? My parents never gave me a sex talk.  I first found out about sex from a book about the human body that my parents gave me that they… Continue reading What Would You Teach Your Kids About the Birds and the Bees?

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Society & Social Justice

Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

Source: SUNO When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right? Except obviously, it's not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people. That begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that… Continue reading Why Don’t More People Understand Sexual Consent?

Woman with head tilted back mouth open
MH@H Depression

Master of My Domain? A Look at Depression and Masturbation

While this may seem like a bit of an odd topic, it's something I've vaguely wondered about for a while.  My line of thinking goes, if orgasms get the feel-good chemicals flowing, might that have any sort of benefit for depression?  And especially for single folks like myself – could masturbation have any positive effect… Continue reading Master of My Domain? A Look at Depression and Masturbation