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Current Research on Sex Differences

The following brief discussion of current research on sex differences took
place on WMST-L in January 2007.  For additional WMST-L files available on the
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Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 09:25:54 -0800
From: sand9417 <sand9417 AT YAHOO.COM>
Subject: review of sex differences research
Hello all.

I am looking for a current review of research on sex
differences.  I've used Maccoby and Jacklin's book as
my "Bible" for years, but I'm looking for a more
current source of the status of our knowledge on this
issue today.  Any recommendations would be most

Thank you.
Sandra Anderson
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 11:53:47 -0600
From: Alice Pawley <pawley AT CAE.WISC.EDU>
Subject: Re: review of sex differences research
I like Janet Hyde's paper in American Psychologist (Sept 2005, vol 60
no. 6, pp. 581-592) called "The Gender Similarities Hypothesis."  If
you'd like a copy emailed to you, contact me offlist.
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:07:08 -0500
From: Daphne Patai <daphne.patai AT SPANPORT.UMASS.EDU>
Subject: link to review of sex differences research
Here's the link to Hyde's article:


daphne.patai AT spanport.umass.edu
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:07:13 -0500
From: Marianne LaFrance <marianne.lafrance AT YALE.EDU>
Subject: Re: review of sex differences research
A GREAT deal has happened in sex differences research since Maccoby
and Jacklin and which supercedes that narrative review.  The gold
standard is now to do "meta-analyses" which summarize and
statistically weight all available existing studies on a particular
area.  For example, Alice Eagly has done several such meta-analyses
on the issues of sex differences in leadership and influenceability;
Janet Hyde has done several including sex differences in sexual
behaviors; Alan Feingold has analyzed sex differences in several
personality domains.  There are now several compilations of research
on various areas of research including a volume edited by Alice
Eagly, Robert Sternberg and Anne Beall.  Others have has been
assembled by Rhoda Unger and Michele Paludi.
Hope that gets you started.

--- Marianne
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:54:14 -0600
From: Phyllis Holman Weisbard <pweisbard AT LIBRARY.WISC.EDU>
Subject: Re: review of sex differences research
AND THE IMPACT OF SOCIETY ON GENDER, 2 v. ed. by Judith Worell
(Academic Press, 2001) has several review essays of note,
including  "Gender  Difference Research: Issues and Critique," by
Janet Hyde & Amy Mezulis; "Sex Difference Research: Cognitive
Abilities," by Diane Halpern; "Sex-Related Difference Research:
Personality," by Mykol C. Hamilton;  and "Social Role Theory of Sex
Differences and Similarities," by Alice Eagly.

(Wiley, 2001) has "Gender Similarities and Differences as Feminist
Contradictions," by Meredith M. Kimball.

Phyllis Holman Weisbard, Women's Studies Librarian
University of Wisconsin System
430 Memorial Library, 728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:17:15 -0500
From: Mehmet Ergun <mehmetaergun AT GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: review of sex differences research

Lips, H. M. (2004). Sex and Gender: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill.

Hope this helps,
Mehmet Ergun
mehmetaergun AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 01:52:21 -0500
From: Barrie Karp <barriekarp AT earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: review of sex differences research
Judith Butler, 2004, Undoing Gender, Routledge

for theory worth considering

Barrie Karp

barriekarp AT earthlink.net (preferred)
karpb AT newschool.edu
www.barriekarp.com (paintings)
Barrie Karp, Ph.D., Philosophy

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