Discussion: Gender and Sexual Inequality/Bias and Psychology
Topics related to gender and sexual orientation remain at the forefront of national and international discussion today, impacting the political arena, the workplace, public agencies, and educational and religious institutions as well as individuals’ and families’ lives. In spite of apparent legal victories that point toward increased equality for all, change has been slow to take hold, reform has been slow to emerge, and people’s attitudes and biases remain difficult to assess. Within this scenario, the role of the psychologist, both as social advocate and agent of change, is critical.
Consider how research and/or practice focused on issues of gender and/or sexual orientation might be effectively and creatively employed as tools of social change in the service of reducing sexism or homophobia.
By Day 3
Post by Day 3 a brief explanation, including an example, of psychology’s historical role in supporting societal ills and misinformation regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Analyze a type of discrimination that women and/or gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals experience, supporting your analysis with a current example. Finally, explain one way in which psychologists can address and begin to resolve an issue associated with sexism, homophobia, gender bias, or misinformation on these topics.
Read your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 5
Respond by Day 5 to at least one of your colleagues’ postings by describing as a developing psychologist a potential concern regarding sexism, gender bias, or homophobia, including the potential impact on your clients and/or their therapy.
Remember to always support your statements with appropriate literature where necessary.
The initial post is due by Day 3. The response post is due by Day 5.
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