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

Asia Friedman

Abstract

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 this book pushes this question further still. How, it 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—it answers 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 visu ... More

Keywords: cognitive sociology, sex sameness, blind, transgendered, sex differences, biology, visual perception, sexed body, social perception, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226023465
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023779.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asia Friedman, author