On Methods and Marshmallows: A Roadmap for Science That Is Openly Feminist and Radically Open

Sarah J. Gervais, Amanda E. Baildon, Tierney K. Lorenz

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In this commentary, we argue that feminist science and open science can benefit from each other’s wisdom and critiques in service of creating systems that produce the highest quality science with the maximum potential for improving the lives of women. To do this, we offer a constructive analysis, focusing on common methods used in open science, including open materials and data, preregistration, and large sample sizes, and illuminate potential benefits and costs from a feminist science perspective. We also offer some solutions and deeper questions both for individual researchers and the feminist psychology and open science communities. By broadening our focus from a myopic prioritization of certain methodological and analytic approaches in open science, we hope to give a balanced perspective of science that emerges from each movement’s strengths and is openly feminist and radically open.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-447
Number of pages18
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • feminist neuroscience
  • feminist psychology
  • feminist science studies
  • objectification theory
  • open science
  • replication crisis
  • reproducibility
  • reproductive health justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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