desexualize


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desexualize

(dē-sĕks′ū-ăl-īz) [″ + sexus, sex]
To castrate; to remove sexual traits.
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72) Central to Gandhi's somewhat phobic attitude toward women when they were viewed as objects of male sexuality are his complementary and overdetermined struggles to desexualize them by bringing them within the confines of the incest taboo and so to regender his male self as to obviate the possibility of heterosexual desire.
Previous research documents how organizations desexualize, devalue, and confuse women at work.
The frequent recurrence of the talismanic word, onesto, emphasizes the licit, controlled aspect of women's sexuality, while the description of them as angels in/from paradise (44) attempts to desexualize them altogether.
My sense is that school uniforms are designed to desexualize the student population at the same time the hormones are going berserk and it's a bad idea.
Feminist theorists, on the other hand, have tended to desexualize lesbian relationships, often romanticizing them as a form of maternal nurturance, a refuge from a threatening patriarchal world.
The upshot is what he calls a "politics of sexual shame," in which gay people are forced to desexualize themselves, depriving themselves of their sexual dignity, so as to achieve certain political goals.
This and other changes that will be discussed later in this article suggest that Murdoch did indeed desexualize the representation of homosexuality in her fiction.
There's always a temptation to pull back on ourselves; you don't want to make this foolish vamp; on the other hand, you don't want to have to desexualize a woman to put her image out there.