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But in the process he has let down Zoe, who, as his appropriately desexualised and patronising familial analogy indicates, represents for him virtuous girlhood in general.
It was quite scary but we had to show how the nuns desexualised you.
Women may have achieved "an internalised female virtue" in men's eyes, but having been "taught to perceive themselves as desexualised embodiments of spiritual value," they were to be celebrated principally for their passivity.