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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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Because of denial, inappropriate sexuality, and misperceived femininity, women begin to desexualize themselves at work.
Although the author desexualizes her fictional representations of homosexuality quite considerably, it seems that she might imply consummated sexual relations between men in this novel.
A critical argument of this work is how disabled/nondisabled couples are branded in popular representations by notions of "care as burden" that not only valorizes the "care-giver" but also desexualizes the relationship entirely.
Refreshingly, Hillman challenges the tired notion (held by Freud, Ernest Jones, and countless critics since) that Hamlet's desires are Oedipal with a reading of the closet scene that demonstrates how the prince desexualizes his mother even as he seeks to know her insides.
Circumcision of infants is an example because the rite desexualizes an original rite of passage for males who have attained puberty; so also is the interpretation of the Song of Songs as an allegory of God's love for Israel and not as an eulogy of earthly love, which it plainly is.
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?
In such a universalizing move, as Leo Bersani has argued, "queer" desexualizes the gay and lesbian movement.
Hermann sexualizes the legitimate and desexualizes the adulterous relationship.