Sexual Shame & Religion with Kristin Hodson


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Shame and Humiliation We've talked about shame and humiliation before - you know, the fun kind? This is a show about the other kind of sexual shame: the kind that leads to people doing the other fun, weird stuff we've discussed in the past. This is about real shame - emotional baggage shame. You don't have to have grown up with strong religious influence to understand sexual embarrassment and discomfort. It's as much a function of puritanical cultural values as it is specifically religious. Most people have beliefs and judgments about sex and the importance of purity that are rooted in misogyny and original sin. Having spent twelve years in Catholic school, I have a well-established relationship with guilt and embarrassment around sex. Why is this such a common experience, it's almost a cliche? The major religions have a lot in common when it comes to sex and the need to control people's sexual behaviors - from who they have sex with, to how and when. But, there's plenty of positive religious teaching around sex, as well. On this episode, we're discussing all things sex and religions with expert, Kristin Hodson. Kristin is a practicing mormon who specializes in providing sex therapy and education in religious communities. (Be sure to check out her website) She's a leader in her field and a great interview guest. Join us for an eye-opening conversation about the conflicts and inherent dilemmas people face where sex therapy and traditional family values collide. Be sure to check out her website Kristin also coauthored The Real Intimacy, A Couple's Guide to Healthy Genuine Sexuality. Here's a link to the RISK! podcast cuz I think it's really great and everyone should listen to it (also we reference it in the interview) Photo by Naassom Azevedo on Unsplash

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