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20: Negative Sexual Messages

Episode 20: The Harm of Negative Sexual Messaging - Cannon's Part 1


Natasha Helfer Parker speaks with Scott and Mitzi Cannon in a 3-part, in-depth interview about their experience dealing with a porn disclosure in their marriage. Part 1 focuses mainly on the negative messaging that Scott received about the evils of pornography viewing & masturbation, and sexuality in general during his developmental years - and how this goes on to severely affect his self-identity, sense of self-worth, and mental health. He walks us through how these messages exacerbated an anxiety disorder, to the point that he became suicidal and was diagnosed and treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at BYU. This interview furthers our understanding of how negative sexual messaging can affect many LDS members, validates the experiences of many who have interpreted the messaging in similar ways, challenges the current trend of using the addiction model within LDS circles, and highlights the importance of shifting much of the current dialogue and rhetoric towards sexual positivity as we go about the sexual education of our youth.  Does include content around suicidal and homicidal ideation he dealt with during his lowest mental state that may be difficult for some to hear. 


Resources mentioned during podcast:

What Research Has to Say about Porn Viewing with Dr. Nicole Prause

Sexual Education for Adolescents with Al Vernacchio

BYU Counseling and Psychological Services


Other mentions:

Requiem for a Dream


Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music. 


Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.  She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health.  


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