Chapter 1 j imagery and symbolism in the definition of women. Experience, perception and the symbolic construction of reality. N we make use of symbols to give meaning to our perceptions: words, colour, object used to represent something else. N we select particular features of personality and physical shape on which to focus and ignore others. The application of names and symbols gradually construct us, and vice versa. Cultures vary widely in their attribution of characteristics to femininity and masculinity. Imagery and symbolism in the definition of women. N we learn to classify objects and combine symbols into imagery. N a lack of reciprocity: men have been the providers of images and women and men have been the recipients. Images built out of our symbol-controlled perceptions usually grouped into categories and classified in different ways. N different purposes = classification of the same objects in different ways.