Review of Blind to sameness: Sexpectations and the social construction of male and female bodies.

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies by Asia Friedman (2013). In this book, the author intervenes in ongoing debates in the sociology of gender and gender studies over the social construction of sexed bodies (and the relation of sex to gender) from the fresh perspective of cognitive sociology. Friedman’s key contribution, filter analysis, theorizes the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms through which reality is socially constructed. Friedman draws on cognitive science to explain the central concepts of attention and inattention, through which individuals filter the overwhelming amount of sensory information they take in, attending to some as relevant and overlooking the rest. This book would be quite useful in undergraduate courses on gender, especially early in the course, where it could shake up students ’ long-held beliefs about biological sex differences. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • 2014
  • Gender Identity
  • Human Body
  • Human Sex Differences
  • Sociology
  • biological sex differences
  • cognitive sociology
  • sameness
  • sexed bodies
  • sexpectations
  • social construction
  • sociology of gender

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  • Katie Ann Hasson

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