005: LDS Female Sexuality with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife Part 2

homepage05This is a rebroadcasting from Mormon Stories where Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Jennifer Finlayson- Fife, a psychotherapist on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Dr.Fife holds a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago. She is an active member of the LDS church. You can find more information regarding her practice, internet courses and therapy approach at finlayson-fife.com and drjenniferfife.blogspot.com. Her dissertation is available for purchase.


2 comments for “005: LDS Female Sexuality with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife Part 2

  1. Bradley Hintze
    January 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Great podcast. As a man raised in the church I find this very a educational and VERY beneficial as I start to move into romantic relationships. Thank you.

    I found the explanation Jennifer gave on why none of her clients have sought help for porn use interesting, the thought being that porn use is normalized outside of the church. An interesting question I have is that is porn normalized or is it not being viewed as much outside of the church or is it easier to deal with when its not a huge deal? I ask this because of three main reasons

    First, it seems after I moved from Utah to the east coast and made a lot of male friends porn seemed to be less of a pervasive. Now maybe the friends I had kept their porn use under wraps a lot easier than my LDS friends did, I’ll never know. Second, Utah has been shown to be one of the top states consuming porn (I realize this fact can be argued as to why). Third is my personal experience. I had experience in viewing porn as a true-believing member and was, as discussed here, led to believe I was addicted when in fact I was not (clinically speaking). I have been out of the church I do not believe in any of the truth claims for a year. I have viewed porn as a non believer also and the difference is huge. When believing and viewing porn the ability to choose not to view porn again and again truly felt out of my hands. Viewing porn as a non-believer was a completely different experience. While viewing was enjoyable physically there were aspects that I didn’t like, just as I had experienced as a believer. The huge difference was that I could choose not to go back again and again. I owned my choice and stuck to it, not going back immediately after I had viewed.

    I realize that it is unfair to project my experience; however, I do wonder the pervasiveness of porn in the church compared out of the church.

    • natashaparker
      March 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      This is a great question – and as far as I know, I’m not aware of any research offering up an answer.

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