Man as the “default” human

See this example in the link below. We often discuss this in our gender classes — the continued reference to humans or people if they are male, and identification of their gender if they are female. Just review a few news articles and you can notice this. How does this affect us all psychologically? It is an example of what called the social psychologist Alfred Schutz called the “natural attitude,” and what Pierre Bourdieu might include in his idea of “habitus,” which is the set of dispositions that we carry around with us daily. This is more subtle (and perhaps….more powerful?) than direct discriminatory action. Can we reference Foucault’s idea of the internalization of disciplinary regimes?

Gender in U.S. Media Images

Susan Pearce