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Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex

Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex

Chapter:
(p.33) Two Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex
Source:
Blind to Sameness
Author(s):
Asia Friedman
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023779.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the sexed body, introducing the mental filter of sex difference and the concept of sexpectations, the belief that “everyone is always either male or female” that organizes our visual perceptions of bodies. It also highlights the overwhelming number of social norms and institutions that emphasize sex differences while ignoring sex similarities.

Keywords:   sexed body, sex difference, sexpectations, visual perception, social norms

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