William Lobdell, the author of Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace, is working on a new project and he could use your help.
He is looking to hear stories from people whose “views of sexuality were warped by their Christian faith.”
I’m looking for first-person accounts (I could either interview the people or they could tell their story in an e-mail) from former believers who struggled with their sexuality/impluses/lust/etc. because of their religious upbringing. They can be anonymous. I’d like people to start with their informal or formal sex education (if there was any), and basically give a narrative of what the church’s teachings did to their sex lives. I’m looking for former guilt-ridden Catholics, purity ring owners, wedding-night virgins, scorned pre-marital sexers, etc.
For what it’s worth, I’m sure Christians will tell you that their sex lives are perfectly fine, thank you very much.
But we have all heard stories from people who were repressed, abused, or taught sex was immoral, evil, and wrong (at least outside marriage). When you think “sex positive,” Christianity definitely doesn’t come to mind.
If you’re willing to share your story, you can contact Bill here.