Editorial Policy on the Use of the Terms “Sex” and “Gender”

Editorial Policy on the Use of the Terms “Sex” and “Gender” Sex Roles (2011) 64:789–790 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9988-2 EDITORIAL Irene Hanson Frieze & Joan C. Chrisler Published online: 21 May 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 As Zoë Peterson and Charlene Muehlenhard (2011, this differences in behavior and abilities are rooted in biology issue) elaborated, there is a long history of debate about the and that the journal’s reviewers and editors prefer essen- use of the terms “gender” and “sex” in the field of feminist tialist and/or evolutionary approaches. Although it is psychology, as well as more generally in all psychological impossible ever to know how much of human behavior is and social science research related to women and gender innate or biological and how much is learned or otherwise studies. They further noted that the generally preferred term influenced by the environment or cultural context, we ask now in psychology is “gender,” based on Rhoda Unger’s our authors to use the term “gender” because its implica- (1979) persuasive article. However, both terms are widely tions are clearly broader and more inclusive than those of used, often interchangeably. Peterson and Muehlenhard the term “sex.” This policy was developed by Sue conclude that the distinction will become less and less Rosenberg Zalk http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Editorial Policy on the Use of the Terms “Sex” and “Gender”

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