Verbal Ability – Odd One Out – The logic of displaying one’s inner qualities through outward

Slot – 1 – VA

Q. Five jumbled up sentences, related to a topic, are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a coherent paragraph. Identify the odd one out and key in the number of the sentence as your answer:

  1. The logic of displaying one’s inner qualities through outward appearance was based on a distinction between being a woman and being feminine.
  2. Appearance’ became a signifier of conduct – to look was to be and conformity to the feminine ideal was measured by how well women could use the tools of the fashion and beauty industries
  3. The makeover-centric media sets out subtly and not-so-subtly, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways to be a woman, layering these over inequalities of race and class.
  4. The denigration of working-class women and women of colour often centres on their perceived failure to embody feminine beauty.
  5. Woman’ was considered a biological category, but femininity was a ‘process’ by which women became specific kinds of women.
Answer: 3

It is clear that sentences 1, 2, 4 and 5 talk about women and feminine beauty.
Sentence 3 is however not about women being feminine at all but rather being judged by their race and class.
Hence, the odd sentence out of the paragraph is sentence 3.

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