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desexualize

(dē-sĕks′ū-ăl-īz) [″ + sexus, sex]
To castrate; to remove sexual traits.
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This Article therefore aims to show that Schultz's generally compelling reservations about desexualizing the workplace should not apply to the specific subset of sexual behavior within workplaces and other institutions that involves a power disparity between the participants.
Praised for desexualizing pleasure by displacing the genital focus, it is contrastingly advocated for its intensifying concentration on "the sexual act" (rather than the pleasures of courtship) and for using "every part of the body as a sexual instrument"--hardly a promising recipe for desexualization.
It is in tearing himself away from homosexual Eros, usually by means of a heterosexual partner who paves the way for desexualizing the male libido, that man achieves a reconciliation with his ideal Ego as well as with the ideal, plain and simple" (75-76).
Bersani gives a needed slap on the wrist and kick in the pants to gay and lesbian studies and queer theory by saying, roughly, Think sex more complexly, explicitly: "gay critiques of homosexual identity have generally been desexualizing discourses.
Whereas desexualizing, idealizing, and perceiving only the "milky" mother in the woman is one part of his defensive bulwark which helped in preserving the illusion of unity intact, the other part consists of efforts at renouncing the gift of sexual desire, abjuring his own masculinity.
By desexualizing her plot, in other words, and therefore rendering it less arousing, Wilson forces her readers to maintain their awareness of her exposure of social evil.
Deborah Sheppard (1989), in her account of interviews with female managers and professionals, depicts a theme of women desexualizing themselves to be "taken seriously" at work.
Plato in particular was eager to clean up the male eros of his day by desexualizing it and raising it to the loftiest possible heights of spirituality, as we can clearly see in his great dialogue on love, The Symposium.