On Touch Conversations Episodes 6 and 7, we get in deep with Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers with her new book Sex, Shame, and the Conservative Church.
Hosts Ryan Clark and Nate Novero discuss the book Sex, Shame, and the Conservative Church. Therapist, sexologist, and author, Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers, who didn’t set out to take on the church’s teaching on sex. When she continued to encounter, however, students who were traumatized by deep sexual shame without having been physically sexually abused, Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers had to get down to the bottom of it.
We dig into where internalized shame comes from and what the difference is between guilt and shame. We have to deal with our own shame before we can do it differently with our own kids. Dr. Schermer-Sellers speaks with Nate and Ryan about how to sort out what is “normal” and begin figuring out how to have amazing sex.
Was there a time when our faith tradition taught and practice a sex-positive ethic? The answer is yes. In the second of two episodes, Dr. Schermer-Sellers discusses with Nate and Ryan about this answer as well as the impact of the merging of church and state in the 1980’s where religious fear fed the political narrative and planted the seeds of the purity movement.
You can learn more about our guest’s work at www.instituteonintimacy.com where an entire community of people is finding wholeness.