Sex Roles

, Volume 76, Issue 5–6, pp 402–404 | Cite as

Gender, Sexuality, and Psychology: History, Theory, Debates, and New Directions

The Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender. Edited by Christina Richards and Meg John Barker, London, UK, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. 476 pp. $54.99 (softcover). ISBN: 978-1349466719
  • Eileen L. ZurbriggenEmail author
Book Review

Gender and sexuality are increasingly critical to understanding lives and identities, as can be seen in complex discussions about social networking, controversies surrounding recently enacted legislation, and the expansion of academic study in these domains. In the area of social networking, corporations such as Facebook have received media attention and praise from gender activists for the wide range of gender categories that users can select (Ball 2014), but Facebook has also been criticized by trans activists for its policy forcing people to use their “real” names (Lil Miss Hot Mess 2015). An example of controversial legislation related to gender and sexuality is the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act” (General Assembly of North Carolina 2016), enacted in March 2016 in the U.S. state of North Carolina. This law requires people to use the bathroom designated for the gender listed on their birth certificate and has been criticized as discriminatory against trans people...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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