Mental Health

These 20 Psychologists Weigh In on Gender Identity

"Gender is a human code invented by the human mind and communicated culturally and personally to every one of us."

The founder of the feminist psychology field, Dr. Ellyn Kaschak, who teaches at San Jose State University, has taken a more objective view when it comes to the concept of gender. The nuances of male and female roles have be broken down and analyzed, and depending on one’s cultural upbringing, they can be confused, thus indicating the less-than-concrete nature of gender. Dr. Kaschak has likened this view to learning a second language; although one may become fluent in a second tongue, the subtleties of the language are not necessarily immediately grasped. Each culture comes with its own set of unconscious contexts specific to each gender, so if these can change between societies, then gender itself need not be treated so firmly. 

"Gender is a human code invented by the human mind and communicated culturally and personally to every one of us. It has been considered by many to be a performance or what is sometimes called an informative display." Ellyn Kaschak Ph.D.