Praeger Guide to the Psychology of Gender

Praeger Guide to the Psychology of Gender

Praeger Guide to the Psychology of Gender

Praeger Guide to the Psychology of Gender


"This handbook helps to replace media stereotypes and myths with realities and shows us that there are more similarities between the sexes than differences. The contributors to this handbook have a highly practical and readable approach that will prompt readers to examine their self-awareness and social tolerance to biases against women and men in our social institutions such as schools and workplaces. The contributors to this volume focus on gender role development and multicultural issues throughout the lifecycle. They also emphasize the empowerment of both sexes. The gender-related topics in this handbook include: Teacher socialization of girls and boys; Women's and men's verbal and non-verbal communication skills; Women's and men's voting patterns; Sexual violence; The gender wage gap; Women's and men's friendships and sexual relationships; Parents' communication of masculinity and femininity to their children." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Throughout the preparation of the Praeger Guide to the Psychology of Gender, gender issues received prominent attention in national politics, Hollywood and made-for-television movies, and federal legislation. For example:

The fortieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. Title VII of this act deals with prohibiting discrimination against employees on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, or national origin.

The Massachusetts high court ruled that full, equal marriage rights for gay couples are constitutional, and that any civil unions that fall short of marriage would establish an “unconstitutional, inferior, and discriminatory status for same-sex couples.”

Federal legislation either passed or introduced included the following:

Women in Trauma Act of 2003

Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2003

Eating Disorders Awareness, Prevention and Education Act of 2003

Violence against Women Civil Rights Restoration Act of 2003

Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act of 2003.

Movies and television programs dealt with gender issues as well. For example:

Iron Jawed Angels

Matrubhoomi, a Nation without Women

Mona Lisa Smile

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