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Sight UnseenGender and Race Through Blind Eyes$
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Ellyn Kaschak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172905

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.001.0001

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Double Blind

Double Blind


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Sight Unseen

Ellyn Kaschak

Columbia University Press

This chapter introduces a pair of identical twins, Abigail and Gabrielle, who have been blind since infancy. This chapter seeks to understand the psychological differences between those of identical genetic makeup, even as they grow up differently due to their environment and upbringing. Abigail's story is highlighted in this chapter, as she opens up regarding her experiences as a blind woman—especially one with a sighted husband. Her experiences illustrate the difficulty of being an “outsider” to the sighted world, and of the gendered paradoxes of the sighted/blinded dynamic (“Harder for a man to feel like a man [when he is blind with a sighted wife].”) Likewise, Abigail laments on the limitations of the blind as they live in a sighted world, and how fragmented her world becomes even as she uses the primary language of the blind—touch—to navigate it.

Keywords:   identical twins, Abigail, Gabrielle, environment, upbringing, limitations of the blind, touch, psychological differences

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