Sexual Shame: What It Is And How It Shows Up

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“In my work, I like to look at sexual shame with a full picture of who a person is, what they’ve been taught, and what they’ve endured,” Whitney states. “Sexual shame doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It comes from and is reinforced by so many things in many areas of our lives.” Some of it can be generational and can be tied to the ways our ancestors were taught to look at sex and their bodies, even. “It’s in the way we’ve been taught (or not taught) about sex. It’s in the dogmas or superstitions that were passed down to us,” she adds. “It’s in the things we were taught in our formative years about our bodies, relationships, identity, and whether or not we are seen as fully human beings.”

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