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Blind to SamenessSexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies$
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Asia Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226023465

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226023779.001.0001

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Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex

Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex

(p.33) Two Selective Perception and the Social Construction of Sex
Blind to Sameness

Asia Friedman

University of Chicago Press

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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