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desexualization

[dē‚seksh·ə·lə′zā·shən]
(physiology)
Depriving an organism of sexual characters or power, as by spaying or castration.
(psychology)
Repression of the sexual drive or rechanneling of sexual energy into areas considered by the individual to be more socially acceptable.
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Ruskola, supra note 43, at 274-75 ("The notion of juvenile sexuality is fundamental to our notion of adolescence, yet we are constantly striving to desexualize adolescents.
72) Central to Gandhi's somewhat phobic attitude toward women when they were viewed as objects of male sexuality are his complementary and overdetermined struggles to desexualize them by bringing them within the confines of the incest taboo and so to regender his male self as to obviate the possibility of heterosexual desire.
As much as Adrienne Rich attempts to desexualize the sign "lesbian" in order to accommodate heterosexual feminists within a "lesbian continuum" in her celebrated essay, Rubin works to reclaim "lesbian" as the sign of a female subject engaged with a range of same-sex sexual practices -- including some (sadomasochism, in particular) practised by the "despised sexual castes" ("Thinking," p.
The effect of Chalmers' reading, as Keevak clearly shows, is to remove all sexual ambiguity from the poems and to desexualize the Shakespeare biography.
Or is it that the hijab desexualizes (which is not the given many people assume) and that this is where the loss of power occurs?