Ellyn Kaschak, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning psychologist, author and teacher. She is well-known as a speaker, workshop leader, human rights advocate and a public intellectual.

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Select Works

Sight Unseen Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes

Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women’s Experience

Global Border Crossings: Feminist Activists and Peace Workers Collaborating Across Cultures

Minding the Body: Psychotherapy in Cases of Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness

In the media

Seeing Is Believing or Is Believing Seeing | Ellyn Kaschak ’65 | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

I will describe my intensive 10 years of work with individuals who are all blind since birth. Since they have had no opportunity to visually observe the cues the sighted use to code gender, race and sexual orientation, their ideas and the ways they learned them reveal how these constructs are just that and are not based in biology at all. Instead, they are constructed by and for the sighted. Using many examples, I will show unerringly the blindness of the sighted.

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May 22, 2019 in Blog

What Is Feminist Therapy?

Why has it developed and continued? Feminism is the simple belief that all people deserve to be considered equal in all realms. It is the perspective that we allow false beliefs about gender differences to divide us, and it is…
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March 29, 2019 in Blog

Psychotropic Medication

What does science really know? Norway has announced the opening of the first psychiatric hospital where medication will not be used as a means of treatment. This experiment should be acknowledged and applauded. Contemporary Western psychiatry is built on the…
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March 17, 2019 in Blog

Feminist Therapy and Female and Male Sexuality

How sex can become gender and gender sex Feminist therapy began with an understanding of the importance of gender and its distinction from sex and sexuality. Even this distinction is not as clear as we thought it to be when…
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January 30, 2019 in Blog

Women’s Sexuality Close Up

The fluidity of romance and desire As a result of the second and third waves of the feminist movement, many women have felt freer to examine and express their sexuality. Before this time, it was simply assumed that heterosexuality centered…
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