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Peter Hegarty, Orla Parslow, Y. Gávriel Ansara & Freyja Quic

In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 3: Androcentrism: Changing the Landscape withoutLeveling the Playing Field?

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Androcentrism: Changing the Landscape withoutLeveling the Playing Field?
Androcentrism: Changing the Landscape without Leveling the Playing Field?
Peter HegartyOrla ParslowY. Gávriel AnsaraFreyja Quic
Introduction

In some countries, signs in buildings depict humans as skirt-wearers and trouser-wearers todirect them to one of two types of bathroom, but only trouser-wearers are depicted on the fire exitsigns. An alien visitor to our planet could reasonably wonder at this arrangement, and might evenask where the skirt-wearers go when the buildings burn. Had they read the human philosopher Hegel,that alien might describe the skirt-wearers as ‘others’ in this system, because theyface a dilemma about how to exist in this system. The skirt-wearers must, in the context of afire, either recognize themselves as trouser-wearers or cease to exist altogether. In contrast, thetrouser-wearers immediately ...

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