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 […]

Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs

Dispatch #2: The way you measure gender/sex and sexuality really matters: An “It feels obvious now, but it wasn’t at the time”-style lesson learned By Zach Schudson “What is actually happening here?” is something I say fairly often when I’m doing research. Typically, it’s tinged with a little helplessness, a bit of confusion, or feelings […]

Past Voices and Present Voices: Feminists Making a POW in the Now

#POWSconf @RoseCapdevila, Katherine Hubbard & Lois Donnelly – views of @POWS_BPS members abt past & future of Section pic.twitter.com/e7NXUVVWuj — Sue Wilkinson (@sue_wilkinson) July 14, 2017 By Katherine Hubbard One of the most wonderful things about Psychology’s Feminist Voices is its resurrection of the voices of women from the past. These women, until now, have so […]

Beautiful Trouble: SPARKing an AGENDA for Change

By Lyn Mikel Brown In the fall of 2010, I cofounded SPARK Movement with my grad school friend, Hunter/CUNY professor Deborah Tolman. SPARK was our response to the American Psychological Association’s Task Force Report on the Sexualization of Girls. We linked the fight against sexualization to the need for “enabling conditions” for girls’ and young […]

Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs

Dispatch #1 Welcome to Our Feminist Science Lab! By Sari van Anders It’s not like I try to be a misfit but I have to admit: I don’t even fit with this blog. I mean, I do psychology, I do feminist scholarship, and I even do another blog. But I grew up with feminist science […]