0135: Sex in the Mormon News March 2018

Natasha Helfer Parker hosts a panel with Shannon Hickman and Kristin Marie Bennion (all AASECT Certified Sex Therapists and members of the Mormon Mental Health Association) where they all help a mom, Camille Bailey Aagard, go through a letter she wrote to her son in regards to her concerns about pornography. How do we go about teaching our kids “porn literacy” in ways that honor teen’s sexual development and values without unnecessary shaming or perpetuating misinformation.

Kristin Marie Bennion, LCSW, CST

Shannon Hickman, LCSW, CST

Camille Bailey Aagard

Tina Sellers Work

Natasha Helfer Parker on Mormon Stories

Dr. Marty Klein

Pornography Literacy Checklist 

Nicole Prause and her interview on Mormon Sex Info

Dr. David Ley

For Goodness Sex by Al Vernacchio

Is Porn Culture to Be Feared?

Ester Perel

Problematic Messaging Found in Pornography


Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.


3 comments for “0135: Sex in the Mormon News March 2018

  1. Mandy
    April 10, 2018 at 1:11 am


    Recently, I heard you say on a podcast that, with respect to the #metoo movement, you were okay with a few good people being falsely accused if it meant that sex abuse victims could have a voice (or something along those lines). But then in this podcast, you discuss how there is very, very bad porn out there where people are being used as sex slaves (so… they’re being raped for entertainment and profit), but since it isn’t the majority of porn, it is okay.

    As a listener, it is difficult for me to see you as being unbiased and clinical. Which is it? Is it okay for a few good people to go down for the sake of victims, or is it okay for many victims to go down to make porn okay?

    Just so you know, I am a long-time listener and I typically agree with you. I cannot get over this one, though. I’d be curious to receive your response.

    • May 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      I did not say I was “okay” with people being falsely accused. I did say that the balance of those who have been falsely accused vs. those who have gotten away with things is completely off. And so if the balance goes the other way for a short time… that may be something we have to face as a society… but I’m not “okay” with any of it.

      And there is nothing okay with any sexually explicit materials to be made in criminal ways. Just like it isn’t okay for any t-shirts to be made in criminal ways. The reality is that there is a criminal component to most industries… and we need to continue to focus on ways we can hold those crimes accountable. Criminalizing all porn is not the solution.

  2. Shannon
    May 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    So appreciated this discussion. Are you still planning on doing part 2?

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