American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make sexual in character or quality: "the thesis that one can sexualize life completely without ever bumping into responsibility” ( Stephen Koch).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate by sex, or distinguish as sexed; confer the distinction of sex upon, as a word or a thought; give sex or gender to, as male or female. Also spelled sexualise.
- v. To make sexual.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To attribute sex to.
- v. make sexual, endow with sex, attribute sex to
- sexual + -ize (Wiktionary)
“Just like the public hand-wringing over the HPV vaccine and improved access to contraceptives and birth control, a lot of anxiety about precocious puberty deals with whether it will "sexualize" a generation of girls too early.”
“From parents' perspective, the most pressing concern might be that the product doesn't sexualize their children, a challenge for houses known for a more revealing silhouette.”
“They falsely claim that classes sexualize children in a "values free" environment as teachers push their own sexual ideology.”
“I guess if people feel the need to sexualize their fat neighbors, though, who am I to stop them?”
“Widening the scope is worthwhile (why not do the same to dudes?), as is narrowing it (why sexualize any fear and death, when in RL both fear and death are very unsexy things?).”
“In general, what do you say to the criticism that these pageants sexualize children?”
“Below, we hit Hill with just about every critique we could think of: the idea that pageants sexualize children, the toll pageants could take on the competitors' psyches, the unease that seeing a child in full makeup can provoke, the curse of the stage parent.”
“Here we have everyone tiptoeing around poor Ms. Sainz's sensibilities and defending her right as a woman to sexualize herself and dress any way she damn well pleases, in the name of what?”
“And as ever, the easiest way to disarm a capable woman was to sexualize her.”
“The acknowledgment of homosexuality is sufficient to sexualize such actions -- not that there's anything wrong with that.”
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