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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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Genetics

Artists of our own lives

The genome is the starting point for a performance we enact over a lifetime, not a blueprint we’ve got to follow

Richard O Prum

Rubens painting Venus and Cupid reimagined with Venus on the left gazing in a mirror at her mastectomized breast. A cherub like Cupid to the right holds the mirror
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Illness and disease

More than pink

The culture around breast cancer is full of positivity and femininity. But it comes at the expense of the marginalised

Philippa Hetherington

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Gender

When aggression is viewed as brilliance, it hurts women in science, and science itself

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Gender

The ‘sworn virgins’ of Albania who trade femininity for freedom

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Gender and identity

A manly divorce

Straight men rarely write about the end of their marriages. Our enduring ideas about gender explain this silence

Joshua Coleman

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Gender and identity

‘I didn’t fall in love with a couple of body pieces’ – on marriage and transition

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Gender and identity

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk

Quinnehtukqut McLamore

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The ancient world

Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later

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Gender and identity

Timothée built his identity around his absent father. What happens when they meet?

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Gender and identity

‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John

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Art

Her body is a problem

When 1970s women artists put the female body under the female gaze, why did the critics see only obscene monsters?

Lauren Elkin

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Art

A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism

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Gender and identity

What happened when a gay Black man joined the Metropolitan Police in London

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Teaching and learning

The vulva dialogues – inside a sex-ed class that rebels against genitalia shame

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Gender and identity

LGBTQ+ retirees celebrate their hard-earned self-acceptance at a belated prom night

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Gender and identity

George Sand’s boots

How the rebellious novelist left behind her provincial self to learn about life, charging around Paris dressed as a man

Belinda Jack

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Sports and games

You’ve likely never heard of the only woman drafted into the NBA – and that’s fine by her

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Thinkers and theories

The view from her

Is there something special about the way women do philosophy or is that just another essentialist idea holding us back?

Elly Vintiadis

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Philosophy of mind

You are a network

You cannot be reduced to a body, a mind or a particular social role. An emerging theory of selfhood gets this complexity

Kathleen Wallace

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Stories and literature

Shameful

Women who write about their pain suffer a double shaming: once for getting injured, twice for their act of self-exposure

Katherine Angel

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Biography and memoir

Not only the stranger

Growing up in the shadow of a serial killer I came to understand that danger within a locked house might exceed that without

Alicia Foster

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Gender and identity

What makes a woman’s body

A pang of hunger, a stab of pain, a sense of dread – these experiences emerge on the shore where biology and culture meet

Mallory Feldman & Kristen Lindquist

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Thinkers and theories

The necessity of Kripke

No one with an interest in philosophy or debates about identity can afford to be ignorant of the work of Saul Kripke

Stephen Law

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Gender and identity

Sexual dinosaurs

The charge of ‘feminist bias’ is used to besmirch anyone who questions sexist assumptions at work in neuroscience

Cordelia Fine