Disciplinary Action: The Margins of Psychology

Today’s post features a brief illustrated account of the founding of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP), the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), and the Psychology of Women Section (POWS, now the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section). Enjoy! By Jenna MacKay Author Bio Jenna MacKay is interested in art as a tool for research, education, activism and healing. She […]

Welcome to My Lab: Please Mind the Gap Between the Neurons!

By Sergio A. Silverio My ‘lab’ is not a traditional one.  It does not have four walls and shiny whiteboards, nor any high-tech gadgets or an army of budding Research Assistants efficiently processing data into well-polished journal articles, ready for publication.  My lab exists purely and simply within the confines of my own brain.  So welcome!  […]

Queer History – It’s Not Always Straight Forward!

By Katherine Hubbard A significant portion of the letters, photographs and diaries which document queer history have historically been coded, burned or otherwise destroyed. Doing queer history can therefore be particularly challenging. However, it is precisely because of this challenge that queer histories are all the more important. The stigmatisation and pathologisation of sexual minorities […]

Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs

Dispatch #4 When Participants Speak Back: The Growing Pains of Testing a Cherished Theory By Will Beischel “Please stop making such overly complicated surveys to answer relatively simple questions.” “I don’t need crazy charts to help me know who I am.” “Quit being a bunch of idiotic, useless twits. GET A REAL JOB!” Responses like […]

Why We Need A Recent History of Lesbian and Gay Psychology

By Peter Hegarty On and off, since 1997, I have been teaching courses to psychology students in the USA and in the UK with such titles as “Lesbian and gay perspectives on psychology,” “Critical lesbian and gay psychology” and “LGBT psychology.” There has always been a substantial historical influence on my design of those courses, […]

Knocking Down Patriarchy: Feminism and Women’s Self-Defense

By Alexis Fabricius Many people think that women’s self-defense is, by its very nature, a feminist pursuit. In practice this is rarely the case. Women’s self-defense can effectively be broken down into two sub-genres: Women’s Self-Defense (WSD) and Feminist Women’s Self-Defense (FWSD). When people typically think of women’s self-defense classes, they are thinking of the former. […]

Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs

Dispatch #3 When the Media Twists Up Your Feminism and Spits it Out: A Reflection on Spitting Back By Sara Chadwick “Do women’s orgasms function as a masculinity achievement for men?” According to my research published in an article by the same title, the answer is a resounding YES, and this is problematic for everyone… […]

Say It With Me Now: Vagina

By Amanda Jenkins Vagina. It’s a word that most people are uncomfortable saying publicly and privately. We avoid the word during conversations with friends, family and intimate relationships. When needing to refer to this part of the body we may even use euphemisms such as “down there,” “private parts,” and “lady bits” among others. Studies […]