This is the subject of a subsequent project that focuses on the need to unsex
Professor Rosenblum suggests that we unsex CEDAW and that the convention focus on gender in lieu of sex.
76) From the discussion in the latest draft of UNSEX CEDAW that I have seen, Professor Rosenblum would appear to agree with such approach.
As she prepares herself for the monstrous regicide, her hands literally unsex
her as she rubs them roughly over her pelvic bones, then clutches her breasts as if she would rip away the visible signs of her womanhood.
The sonnet closes by continuing the image of the heart's achieving greater purity and freedom after death: "Beat purer, heart, and higher, / Till God unsex
thee on the heavenly shore, / To which alone unsexing, purely aspire.
Let other women unsex
themselves if they will, do you banish all such thoughts from your mind, and I will forget all this rhapsody, and some of these days you will laugh with me at your crack-brained scheme.
If to desex is to argue against a particular sexuality of the body, to unsex is to refute a particular gender of the mind.
Johnson points out that by "unsex'd," Polwhele is not referring to women who are masculinized (like in Lady Macbeth's speech, "Come you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me her e"), nor does he mean women who are "unnaturally" sexed (that is to say, lesbians).
15) Comparing Sand with Rousseau, this reviewer commented that the author's "determination to unsex
herself" with a "boldness," "warmth," and "freedom" of style, cannot hide the "woman's pen" (p.
The heterosexual presumption of many feminists, she argues, has led them to unsex
lesbians with metaphors of "the maternal," masculinize them, not see them, or opt for voluntaristic "sexualities.