Meaning of desexualize in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈsɛkʃʊəlʌɪz/

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(also British desexualise)
[with object]
  • Deprive of sexual character or the distinctive qualities of a sex.

    as adjective desexualized ‘sanitized, desexualized renderings of lesbian love’
    • ‘Black feminists have consistently drawn attention to European history's construction of black women as hypersexual, or as desexualized characters, there to serve the interests of white women and men.’
    • ‘We defensively sanitize and desexualize ourselves and our children in order to reassure ourselves and others that we are free of any desires even remotely connected to childhood sexuality.’
    • ‘By desexualizing the issue we preserve the government's purpose (a social institution that brings stability to our society) without endorsing behavior that many of us consider immoral.’
    • ‘In the discourse of nationalism the woman is the ‘motherland'. And as the mother figure she is desexualized, thus making her suitable for worship by her sons.’
    • ‘Even Shiva, a god profoundly connected with sexuality and the phallus, is desexualized in a most bizarre way.’
    • ‘A girl-on-girl catfight, ironically enough, is the film's only moment of gender transcendence, effectively desexualizing a trope that has become little more than a choreographed excuse for women to rip each other's clothes off.’
    • ‘He claims we allow our ‘culture’ to become desexualized by opting for roles as monogamous spouses and television decorators, which somehow lets society cast our sexuality as shameful and secret.’
    • ‘Unlike John Henry, Uncle Remus was an old, docile, and desexualized African American man who told stories to children.’
    • ‘I will set an example for women and girls, educate the public, dispel breastfeeding myths, desexualize the breast, and make the world a better place, all through the simple act of feeding my child.’
    • ‘All of the examiner's findings can be conveyed to the patient during the examination and, at the same time, the physician can encourage and educate the patient about breast self-examination and desexualize the process.’
    • ‘One of the interesting things I find about the normal female archetypes is that they are very desexualised, certainly in terms of sex as a positive in itself outside of procreation.’
    • ‘For example, in American cinema they were caricatured as clownish, desexualised mammies or maids.’
    • ‘The problematic move from looking to touching is exemplified in the Western art of the nude where, until comparatively recently, bodies were sanitized, desexualized, and idealized.’
    • ‘Interestingly, bared limbs were not necessarily as virtuous as bared breasts; over the centuries, the body has been sexualized and desexualized in many different ways.’
    • ‘Much of early Australian cinema portrays women as pretty accompaniments who are fought over, rescued, or who are alternatively tough and desexualized.’
    • ‘Mathieu's battling with the desexualising bigotry he has faced is captivating.’
    • ‘Women are portrayed as desexualized personae and seen through a sadomasochistic veil.’
    • ‘The icon has dangerously conditioned society into believing the mere passive projection of the iconic idea and thereby subjecting the woman into being an eternally sad, unrealised, desexualised figure.’
    • ‘I have explored the political dimensions of Clarke's analysis because I think that his text offers an insight into the desexualised discourses of modernity itself.’
    • ‘Unlike most women in their 60s, she refuses to chop her long hair short as if to follow some desexualizing code.’