A Compassionate Feminist Agenda

Jun 09, 2020

The fifth instalment of Reflections in the time of COVID-19 comes from Jaclyn A. Siegel, a doctoral fellow in social psychology at Western University (Canada) Over the past several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and changed the way we live, work, and communicate. While the coronavirus has undeniably affected every person living through this […]


Time During Pandemic Time

May 29, 2020

The fourth instalment of Reflections in the time of COVID-19 comes from Kira Lussier, a historian of psychology at the University of Toronto It feels strange to be a historian living through historic times. In some ways, historians are the least well-suited people to write timely reflections on current events. I was drawn to become […]


Emerging with Purpose

Apr 29, 2020

The third instalment of Reflections in the time of COVID-19 comes from M.D., an essential worker writing from Texas In the midst of this global pandemic I keep reading articles and stories of people using the time of separation to reevaluate their lives, organize their thoughts, and check things off of their to do lists. […]


To Clearly See the Task That Lies Before Us

Apr 27, 2020

This instalment of Reflections in the time of COVID-19 features Debbie-Ann Chambers of the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica The COVID-19 pandemic ought to snatch us from whatever lingering illusion there is of a “post-colonial” world. The events are revealing for anyone willing to pay attention. For example, in my own country, […]


Reflections in the time of COVID-19

Apr 20, 2020

In this new feature we invite short (500-word) reflections from feminist psychologists, students, and scholars to be published quickly at the Standpoints blog site. Our aim is for these reflections to facilitate solidarity, community, and activism at the very time that this pandemic keeps us physically apart and lays bare the extreme injustices – literally […]


Physical Distancing but Social Togethering:

Apr 07, 2020

An editorial and call for submissions Here in Toronto, we’re about three weeks into our new status quo. Bars are closed, events are cancelled, and we’re used to it. People walk sparsely, in ones or twos, omitting the passing wave and smile that I’ve become accustomed to living here. We haven’t turned mean, we’re just […]


Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs #7

Nov 25, 2019

Dispatch #7 Feminist care ethics in survey research on prejudice against gender and sexual minorities Studying prejudice against gender and sexual minorities via survey methods often involves asking participants to rate their agreement with some, uh, distasteful statements (to say the very, very least). Some scales dive deep into highly stigmatizing beliefs, expressions of disgust, […]


Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs #6

Sep 25, 2019

We aimed to explore people’s gender/sex and show how SCT’s diagrams can allow for the often messy, complex ways people relate to their gender/sexes, but also provide the systematicity necessary for scientific research. And wow did our participants deliver!


Dispatches from the Unlikeliest of Labs #5

Mar 12, 2019

Dispatch #5 As a Woman Doing Sex Research By Sara B. Chadwick, M.S. When I tell people that I am a sex researcher, they often want to talk to me about their own views, perceptions, and experiences of sex. Sometimes, this is awesome! I’ve certainly learned some interesting perspectives from these conversations, and I would even say that people’s anecdotes have occasionally informed questions in my research studies.


Out of the lab and into the home: Rose Franzblau, the trained buttinsky

Nov 07, 2018

By Elizabeth Johnston & Ann Johnson We’ve been following with interest the controversies swirling around “power pose” advocate and social psychologist Amy Cuddy (see her wildly popular TED talk here). Cuddy, along with Brené Brown, a Social Work professor who has found success with TED-bred self-help products aimed mainly at women, highlights feelings of insecurity […]


Standpoints is back! Meet your new editors

Nov 07, 2018

Hello! We are Tal Davidson and Susannah Mulvale, members of Psychology’s Feminist Voices team, and the new co-editors of the Standpoints blog! Under the curation of former editor Dr. Jacy Young, Standpoints has become an engaging and entertaining mosaic of reflections and essays, highlighting a diverse range of psychological topics and feminist perspectives. We are […]


13 Questions with Lucy Xie

May 22, 2018

In the style of Vogue’s 73 Questions series, Psychology’s Feminist Voices presents: 13 Questions with Lucy Xie. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the life of one of the many fantastic members that make up the PFV team. Standpoints is on hiatus over the summer, but we will return in September with more posts […]


SHiFTing Conversations about Sexuality

Apr 17, 2018

By Maria Gurevich Welcome to the SHiFT Lab (Sexuality Hub: Integrating Feminist Theory) at Ryerson University! As a collective of critical sexuality scholars, we are broadly interested in the socio-cultural, scientific and political forces that shape sexual and gender messages, mandates and practices. Interrogating assumptions about normalcy, agency, desire, and relationship conduct are at the core […]


“This photo…is a representation of my fear”: A PhotoVoice Examination of University Women’s Safety Concerns and Campus Rape Culture

Apr 03, 2018

By Nicole Jeffrey Recently, there has been increased attention to sexual violence on university campuses. Current legislation in Ontario – where I live and work – now requires post-secondary institutions to have sexual violence policies in place. Hoping to contribute to broader discussions about addressing sexual violence on university campuses, my colleagues and I from the […]


Disciplinary Action: The Margins of Psychology

Mar 20, 2018

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!

Mar 06, 2018

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's; It’s Not Always Straight Forward!

Feb 20, 2018

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 #4

Feb 13, 2018

For my first project in graduate school, I was interested in the piece of SCT that allows individuals to visually represent their sense of their own gender, sex, and gender/sex. Previous work in our lab demonstrated that people can use SCT’s diagrams in meaningful, unexpected, and frankly awesome ways during a one-on-one interview with a researcher. But what happens when a researcher isn’t there? Is it possible to collect data online with SCT? Answering these questions could allow us to vastly increase the impact of SCT


Why We Need A Recent History of Lesbian and Gay Psychology

Feb 06, 2018

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

Jan 30, 2018

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 #3

Jan 16, 2018

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

Jan 02, 2018

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 #2

Dec 12, 2017

Dispatch #2 by Zach Schudson: 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

Dec 05, 2017

#POWSconf @RoseCapdevila, Katherine Hubbard & Lois Donnelly – views of @POWS_BPS members abt past & future of Section — 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

Nov 21, 2017

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 #1

Nov 14, 2017

Dispatches #1 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 studies and was a latecomer to feminist psychology. Why? Because I do feminist bioscience. Perhaps you read that twice. Perhaps it has the ring of an oxymoron for you. Perhaps it sounds like the most unlikely of research programs. Well, that’s me: doing the unlikeliest of research, leading the unlikeliest of labs.[1]


Welcome to Standpoints!

Nov 07, 2017

By Jacy L. Young Standpoints is the newest project of Psychology’s Feminist Voices, your favourite source for all things related to the history of women and gender in psychology and contemporary feminist psychology. We landed on Standpoints as the name for the blog for several reasons. It suggests the common, yet vital, experience of taking […]