sex·​u·​al·​ize | \ˈsek-sh(ə-)wə-ˌlīz, ˈsek-shə-ˌlīz\
sexualized; sexualizing

Definition of sexualize 

transitive verb

: to make sexual : endow with a sexual character or cast

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Is there a way that women can own their sexuality without being sexualized? Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rose McGowan on Her 'Brave' New Book and Surviving the 'Cult of Hollywood'," 1 Feb. 2018 As pointed out in a 2015 Ravishly op-ed, redheads have been hyper-sexualized for centuries. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Debuts Red Hair Color in "Babe" Sugarland Music Video," 7 June 2018 Of course, Hollywood is not innocent of this blatant sexism—minority actresses are often underpaid, and Latina actresses in particular are hyper-sexualized. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "America Ferrera Is DONE being Put in a Box," 22 May 2018 Women are sexualized and objectified, and their male colleagues take them less seriously at work. Elizabeth Drew, New Republic, "Capital Offenses," 8 Feb. 2018 Glow was heading in a similar direction by interrogating the way the entertainment industry sexualizes women and typecasts people of color. Judy Berman, Time, "Glow Fades But Stays Fun in Its Second Season," 21 June 2018 With nine dancers moving slowly and rhythmically in couples or groups, the performances sensualize and sexualize the houses. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "In Three Famous Houses, Modern Living Unwinds," 28 June 2018 Stop worrying about sexualizing SACKS OF FAT and get logan paul off of your platform. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Logan Paul Slammed AGAIN After Reportedly Monetizing His Apology Video for "Dead Body" Vlog," 4 Jan. 2018 Monáe is still working at that task, but thing are much looser and more sexualized now. Dan Deluca,, "'I'm not America's nightmare, I'm the American dream': Janelle Monáe's new kind of protest song," 3 May 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
variants: also British sexualise \ ˈseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​ˌlīz, ˈsek-​shə-​ˌlīz \
sexualized also British sexualised; sexualizing also British sexualising

Medical Definition of sexualize 

: to make sexual : endow with a sexual character or quality

Other Words from sexualize

sexualization also British sexualisation \ ˌseksh-​(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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