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
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?