Furthermore, the theme of desexualization
Sublimation is conventionally taken to be the desexualization
of libido in and through the production of scientific and artistic objects and knowledge.
It is not so much the primary shame associated with sex that I am concerned with here, but the secondary "more shame." One manifestation of this secondary shame is what Warner (quoting Theodore Adorno) refers to as "a desexualization
of sexuality itself," exemplified by the distinctly unsexy notion of a "healthy sex life" (39) as well as by the gay rights movement's "desexualized identity politics" and its "becoming more and more enthralled with respectability." (40) The final facet of my pro-sex yardstick will measure the extent to which the Lawrence opinion responds to the primary sort of shame with the secondary sort.
(28) Lange reads Caroline's embrace of Raphael as an imagined lover as the desexualization
of reality in favor of a sexualization of art, where sexuality does not involve restrictions on her identity (80-83).
of the middle class matron clarifies both Cleo's reluctance to engage in recurring sexual relations with her husband and her inability to honor her sister's impoverished but sexually fulfilling marriage.
To the extent that women with disabilities have been left out of research on sexuality and aging, Welner (1997) suggests that this amounts to a desexualization
of disabled women.
Other feminists, however, claim there may be dangers in adopting a "just say no" or "desexualization
" approach to sexuality.
Of these, more pertinent than the complaint that Jameson overlooks the painful clinical reality of schizophrenia (36) is the question posed by Jacqueline Rose: What dramatization, sanitization, and desexualization
follow from this general inflation of psychic economies across the whole of social space?
has its base in abulia; his behavior toward women becomes gentle, pacific and disembodied.
118), and Richard Arthur Martin, another early critic, deems the story an example of "the twisted paths sexuality can take." (4) More recently, Barbara Ewell, though sympathetic to the story's critique of repression, speaks of Fedora's "immature efforts at desexualization
" and sees the kiss merely as an "uncontrollable outbreak of repressed passion," (5) presumably for Young Malthers.
However, such desexualization
or "disembodiment" is hardly a desirable end.