Blind to Sameness Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies

ISBN-10: 022602363X
ISBN-13: 9780226023632
Edition: 2013
Authors: Asia Friedman
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

What is the role of the senses in how we understand the world? Cognitive sociology has long addressed the way we perceive or imagine boundaries in our ordinary lives, but Asia Friedman pushes this question further still. How, she asks, did we come to blind ourselves to sex sameness?Drawing on more than sixty interviews with two decidedly different populations—the blind and the transgendered—Blind to Samenessanswers provocative questions about the relationships between sex differences, biology, and visual perception. Both groups speak from unique perspectives that magnify the social construction of dominant visual conceptions of sex, allowing Friedman to examine the visual construction of the sexed body and highlighting the processes of social perception underlying our everyday experience of male and female bodies. The result is a notable contribution to the sociologies of gender, culture, and cognition that will revolutionize the way we think about sex.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Toward a Sociology of Perception
Expectations, Selective Attention, and Social Construction
Filter Analysis
Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex
Sexpectations and Sociomental Control
Sex Difference as a Social Filter
Perception and the Social Construction of the Body
Selective Attention-What We Actually See When We See Sex
Transdar and Transition: Transgender "Expert" Knowledge of Sex Cues
The Sound of Sex
A Sex Cue Can Be Anything (as Long as It Provides Information about Sex)
Cognitive Distortions in Seeing Sex
Polarization
Blind to Sameness
Transgender Narratives and the Filter of Transition
A Blind Phenomenology of Sexed Bodies
Sex Differences in Proportion
Seeking Sameness
Sex without Polarization
Drawing Textbooks: Sameness Despite Polarization
Genitals, Gonads, and Genes
Sex Sameness as a Rhetorical Strategy
Conclusion: Excess, Continua, and the Flexible Mind
Emphasizing Excess
The Sex/Gender Continuum
Cognitive Flexibility
Appendix: Methodological Notes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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