This chapter discusses the predominance of “sighted” cultural cues as it explores the ways in which race, sex, and gender are constructs that instantly fall apart when perceived by the blind. More than any other sense, the eye objectifies and defines. In twenty-first-century Western culture, the predominance of sight over smell, taste, touch, and hearing has resulted in an impoverishment of bodily relations. Gender and sexuality, along with racialization, seem more and more like a form of hallucination, not solely but largely visual, that have come to shape the human psyche and the human flesh. Is the body therefore a thing or an idea? While generations of philosophers and observers have asked this question about the human condition, this chapter provides its own answer: both and neither are the case. Mattering is everywhere implicated where there is and is not matter, and so is vision.
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