Typical Gender Fallacy

The “typical mind fallacy” is when you incorrectly generalize from your own experience—it’s assuming people are more similar to you than they actually are. If I said, “I like the color green, therefore everyone likes the color green,” that would be the typical mind fallacy in action. This often happens for gendered experiences, e.g., “I enjoy getting catcalled, therefore women enjoy getting catcalled.”

People in feminist/SJ circles tend to think that changing the representations of women in magazines and movies will significantly change men’s sexual preferences for youth and idealized feminine bodies and faces. 

This *might* be an example of the typical mind fallacy. Feminist/SJ groups tend to be majority female (and there’s some pressure not to disagree-while-male in these spaces). Women might incorrectly generalize about the extent of the media’s effects because:

1. There is evidence that women are more malleable in their sexual preferences in general. (I can cite studies if you’d like.) Women in these groups might falsely think that this malleability is fully general.

2. There is evidence that women are more sexually attracted to social status than men are. (Again, I’m happy to cite.) Putting something in a magazine or movie raises its status. Women are more affected by what representations are high status, so they might wrongly assume that men are as affected.


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