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Blind to sameness : sexpectations and the social construction of male and female bodies

Author: Asia Friedman
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 Sameness  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Asia Friedman
ISBN: 9780226023465 022602346X 9780226023632 022602363X 022602377X 9780226023779
OCLC Number: 809911029
Description: x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Asia Friedman.

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