American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take away the sexual quality of.
- v. To desex.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of sex or sexual characters; castrate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to direct one's libidinous urges into another direction.
- v. same as desex.
- v. make infertile
- v. direct one's libidinous urges into another direction
- de- + sexualize (Wiktionary)
“Why should that be if the author would rather "desexualize" people?”
“The interviewer was straight, and I made it a point to desexualize the interview even though I was sitting with my legs wide open, completely naked.”
“The argument that we're not trying to desexualize Lara, we're just trying to make her realistic doesn't hold water.”
“They even attempt to desexualize the bikini by calling it a two-piece bathing suit.”
“These topics send off masculine signals and immediately desexualize you.”
“Bagelsan – on the contrary cropping the picture so low while still not showing any sign of cleavage is done precisely to desexualize her – making it seem as if the model is prepubescent.”
“Also touched on briefly was the disturbing trend of censorship coming from within the gay corporate press as it's become more homo-genized Denise's word, my dash and seeks to almost desexualize its comic strip contributions; according to Jennifer, even established cartoonists like Alison Bechdel have been subjected to snippage.”
“By attempting to desexualize the idea of man and to oversexualize the idea of woman, Christianity necessarily degraded the position of woman and the conception of womanhood.”
“Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress, who pointed out that the problem with this situation basically comes down to this: When women dress their men, they tend to unconsciously desexualize them.”
“' Sexual freedom has essentially been ignored by the leadership of the gay community, who have gone out of their way to desexualize gays and lesbians. '”
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