It calmed men's concerns about the potential downward pressure on wages as well as fears that women would be 'desexed
' by paid work and abandon marriage altogether.
When appropriate marriage partners are then desexed
in order to protect their purity from the taint of the flesh (as North Dormer's Episcopalian parish has done to men and women alike, dressing people in white and pretending that they are angels), the muddle becomes an impossible tangle.
She contrasts the public display of flesh that positioned the dancers as a sexual commodity, with the desexed
and defeminized portrayal of emancipated women.
Guadalupe, taking Coatlalopeuh, the serpent/sexuality, out of her.
They're curiously desexed
gays (butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, never mind anywhere else), just as these will, I'd wager, prove to be curiously deIslamized Muslims.
A largely desexed
adaptation of The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq's cult French novel of post-millennial existential angst over the emptiness of contemporary life and the legacy of the 60s, despite Bleibtrau's sterling performance as the emotionally damaged Bruno, it's a cold and distancing intellectual-ised experience that just gets bleaker the longer the agony's stretched out.
As West notes, "The dominant myths draw black women and men either as threatening creatures who have the potential for sexual power over whites, or as harmless, desexed
underlings of a white culture" (119).
There are also other problems in reading Anne's "desexed
" body as that of a reformed wife.
Capons used to be desexed
with rubber bands and the cockerels would over-eat to compensate - this has now been outlawed - although it produced a lovely meat.
But until now, television's recent market-driven love affair with gays and lesbians--from Ellen to Will & Grace to the awful new Normal, Ohio, with John Goodman as a beer-guzzling gay man returning to the straight Midwest--has required that gay characters prove their respectability by being desexed
goody-goodies or jokes.
Thurman disagreeing, writes, "[Lea] has bought her self-mastery at the price of being denatured and desexed
." That is how it must look to Thurman, who is, to judge from her photograph, young, slim, and fashionable.
For Agafiina is a strangely desexed
virgin, born to poverty in beauty, and adopted into a capitalist-nationalist hotbed of wealth.