Sexual Shame: What It Is And How It Shows Up

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Our culture doesn’t help

Even if your family has done a wonderful job helping you nurture a healthy relationship with your body and your sexuality, they cannot protect you from the messages society might impress upon you.

“It’s in the internalized misogyny, homophobia, and sexism that we’ve picked up just by being in this white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist society we live in,” Whitney says of sexual shame. “Unfortunately, sexual shame is deeply embedded into every aspect of the world we live in, from the religions we’ve been indoctrinated into to the television shows we grew up watching to the things we told our own selves about sex due to traumatic experiences.”

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