Definition of desexualize in English:

desexualize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Deprive of sexual character or the distinctive qualities of a sex.

    • ‘For example, in American cinema they were caricatured as clownish, desexualised mammies or maids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike John Henry, Uncle Remus was an old, docile, and desexualized African American man who told stories to children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mathieu's battling with the desexualising bigotry he has faced is captivating.’
    • ‘Women are portrayed as desexualized personae and seen through a sadomasochistic veil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike most women in their 60s, she refuses to chop her long hair short as if to follow some desexualizing code.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even Shiva, a god profoundly connected with sexuality and the phallus, is desexualized in a most bizarre way.’
    • ‘Much of early Australian cinema portrays women as pretty accompaniments who are fought over, rescued, or who are alternatively tough and desexualized.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

desexualize

/dēˈsekSH(əw)əˌlīz/