This article proposes an integral approach to sexual identity development that broadens the discussion beyond science and religion or nature versus nurture. A four-quadrant exploration of the research on the origins of sexual identity reveals much more complexity and highlights potential points for social justice interventions as well as ideas to enhance personal spiritual transformation.
How to Teach Kids About Sex and GenderDr. Keith Witt and Corey deVos
What exactly are “developmentally appropriate, age-appropriate” ways to teach kids about sex, gender, and identity, not only for kids in kindergarten through third grade, but throughout the rest of childhood and adolescence? Which aspects are more appropriate to teach at home, and which are appropriate to teach at school? Watch as Dr. Keith and Corey share their thoughts.
Coding Gender: Using IMP to Construct a Content Analysis of Gender Definitions in Scientific ResearchJeff Cohen
The pervasive influence and conceptual complexity of gender as a scientific construct has lead to attempts to explain it from multiple perspectives. When each of these perspectives is offered, it tends to be presented as a complete explanation. Each perspective, however, likely offers only a partial truth concerning the enactment of gender. The recognition of the partiality of these perspectives indicates that each should be considered in some form when trying to address the full complexity of gender. It also makes clear that none should be privileged above any other. Through the application of the Integral model and Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP), this article develops a broader and deeper conceptual and operational model for the study of gender than those that have been typically applied.
Gender Fluidity: Fruitful and FanaticJeff Salzman
The sexual evolution continues! This week Jeff looks at the controversy raging over the dramatic emergence of transsexual identity and gender fluidity, particularly among young people. He places it in the context of the stage transformations of sex and gender through history, and even gets a little personal.
Toward an Integral FeminismSarah Nicholson
This paper studies the development of some of the key schools of feminist thought, exploring the history of the definition of Woman. Ken Wilber’s framework of Integral Feminism is then used to move toward the processual creation of a more adequately holistic understanding of women and subjectivity.
The Boy CrisisWarren Farrell and Ken Wilber
Warren Farrell and Ken Wilber take an in-depth look at the many social, cultural, and psychological challenges that young boys are facing today, while noting how many of these challenges are the products of well-intentioned — but often misguided — feminist praxis.
Is Masculinity Toxic?Jeff Salzman and Dr. Keith Witt
Jeff talks with Dr. Keith Witt about an evolutionary approach that liberates masculinity and femininity into a new integration that features the best of both and makes them available to all.
The Keys to Feminine PowerClaire Zammit and David Riordan
Welcome to our latest interview with Dr. Claire Zammit on her new web offering, Feminine Power: The Essential Course for the Awakening Woman.
Immigration, Postmodernism, and Feminism: An Integral ReckoningKen Wilber and Corey deVos
Ken Wilber responds to questions about immigration, the dangerous excesses of the political right, and the regressive tendencies we are seeing in the postmodern left. Ken and Corey then offer a fascinating exploration of feminism and the need for both men and women to better harmonize the public sphere of politics, career, and religion with the private sphere of family, hearth, and home.
The #MeToo Reckoning: A Conversation with Diane Musho HamiltonDiane Musho Hamilton and Jeff Salzman
Diane and Jeff look at the upside of the #MeToo movement, as well as its inevitable overreach. They look at how it heals historic patterns of abuse, and what it is blind and hostile too. And they look to integral consciousness, the ability to hold multiple perspectives, as a way forward.
The Future of Sex: More Fun, Less CreepyDr. Keith Witt and Jeff Salzman
Jeff talks with Dr. Keith Witt about the great consciousness raising our culture is going through regarding sexual harassment. Dr Keith’s prescription for a healthier, safer future: more sex!
Are Women More Bound To Be Good?Jeff Salzman
Today Jeff considers comments from “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski which imply that women have an extra responsibility to resist Donald Trump. He also quotes former first lady Michelle Obama saying that if a woman voted for Trump it is because “[you] don’t like your [own] voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”
Harvey Weinstein and the Fall of the PatriarchyJeff Salzman and Corey deVos
Feminism collects yet another head as stories of Harvey Weinstein’s abuse of women flood the airwaves. Watch as Jeff and Corey explore the dignities and disasters of the feminist movement.
Beauty and the Expansion of Women’s IdentityVanessa Fisher
The history of women’s beauty is written in bodily gestures that express both the constraints of their culture as well as the unfolding desire of their interiority. Embracing the power of beauty has always been problematic for feminism, and for good reason. This article offers an integrative analysis of the current views that dominate feminist discourse on women’s beauty, as well as a personal story of Vanessa’s own ongoing journey as a young woman trying to reclaim her beauty for the benefit of all beings.
Man Up: The Journey to a More Enlightened MasculinityRobert Masters and Ken Wilber
Robert and Ken disclose a newly emerging path for men in the 21st century, one that allows these “softer” qualities to actually enhance and deepen a man’s sense of masculinity, rather than diminish it. It is a discussion that brings some much-needed relief to a seldom acknowledged pain so many men feel in their hearts, minds, and guts.
Why Love Is Such a MessWarren Farrell
Warren Farrell offers a detailed overview of the history of sex and gender, outlining the most significant challenges both genders have faced over the millennia while offering a new vision of wholeness and maturity for us to move toward in our lives and in our relationships.
Evolving Our Approach to Sexual HarassmentDiane Musho Hamilton and Ken Wilber
Diane Musho Hamilton talks with Ken Wilber about ways to evolve our moral and legislative approach to sexual harassment so we can better protect men and women alike from harm and abuse, but without presupposing women as perpetual victims without agency of their own.
The Need for Men’s LiberationWarren Farrell and Ken Wilber
Dr. Warren Farrell talks with Ken Wilber about power, oppression, and the urgent need for men to begin redefining their roles for today’s world.
Beauty and FeminismVanessa Fisher and Ken Wilber
Vanessa Fisher, a long-time student of Integral theory and contributor to the Fall 2008 edition of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, speaks with Ken about the tenuous relationship that often exists between feminist thinkers and modern conceptions of beauty.
Integral Sex and Gender Studies: Beyond the Blame GameWarren Farrell and Ken Wilber
It is always important to recognize genuine cases of abuse and discrimination. But it sometimes seems like modern feminism simply claims the status of victimhood, wholly dismissing the masculine perspective. Both perspectives must be honored and accepted as having an essential role to play in furthering understanding within and between genders. Listen as Warren Farrell and Ken Wilber discuss a more integrated approach to sex and gender.