This chapter illustrates that cultural biases of gender, race, and sex are “passed” as performances—a common technique for the blind to appear “sighted.” This chapter's case study, Jesse, mentions that he and his blind friends understood that it is possible to “use words to sound like you know all about whatever is being discussed,” in presenting themselves to a sighted person as being sighted themselves. In Jesse's case, he had “performed” gender for the author by making sighted assessments based on the gender stereotypes he had accumulated prior to becoming blind. He was “passing” in much the way a gay person, a light-skinned black person, or some Jews have tried to do, with loss always being embedded in the dubious gain of this strategy.
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