This interview covers:
- Being raised in the Church with convert parents in Spain and her eventual move to the US.
- Natasha and her family’s concerns about the practice of polygamy and frustration that their questions never seemed to be answered.
- The impact of being a victim of sexual trauma as a child and teenager, and how it influenced her experiences exploring her sexuality as a teenager and young adult.
- Her removal from BYU because of her sexual experiences, and her thoughts now about the unintended consequences of BYU’s honor code enforcement.
- How she met her husband and disclosed her sexual past in an act of transparency, and how it affected their first years of their marriage.
- Her thoughts now about the difference between behavior and self-worth within the Church, especially as it relates to sexual behavior.
- Her decision to become a sex therapist and how her move to the Midwest became an impetus to develop a wider online presence.
- How being a believer in the faith, but having a nuanced view of sexuality led her to being widely known as the “Mormon Sex Therapist“
- How cracks developed in her Orthodox faith foundation, stemming from: 1) being black-listed by local bishops and stake presidency members for supporting masturbation on her blog, and 2) poor treatment of her daughter by ward leadership (due to her daughter’s support of Ordain Women and LGBTQ rights).
- Her decision to stop attending the LDS church, and to stop paying tithing (due in large part to the LDS church’s tendency to silence and pay off rape victims to keep them quiet and to avoid law suits).
- Her recent decision to return to LDS church activity, to support her son who desires to continue attending.
Other links mentioned in podcast:
- Mormon Mental Health Podcast: http://www.mormonmentalhealth.org
- Symmetry Solutions: https://www.symmetrysols.com
- Mormon Mental Health Association: http://www.mormonmentalhealthassoc.org/
Posts discussed on the podcast:
- How can I go to the temple if I’m still masturbating?
- Is occasional masturbation by a married person OK?
- How do we talk to our child about masturbation?