Ex-Catholic Nuns Speak Out about Sexual Repression, Abuse & Ultimate Liberation. Originally this book was written as a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Dr. Fisher’s Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. Being a former Catholic nun herself, Dr. Fisher has a unique perspective on the subject. This is the first time anyone has studied the sexual development in the life transitions of women who had previously been Roman Catholic nuns. Particular emphasis was placed on the periods before, during and after these women were in religious life. Finally the voices of Catholic women have a platform to speak on. Now the fascinating, sometimes depressing, sometimes lighthearted experiences of those former nuns is told. These are their life stories that tell of their sexual experiences and offer insight into the abuses within the Catholic Church and the church's medieval perspective on female sexuality.
Dr. Fran Fisher, originally from Manchester England now resides in Sacramento, CA where she continues to practice nursing, has her private practice in sexual therapy and is working on her next book.
Entering a Roman Catholic convent at age 18 left an indelible mark on me. Leaving before my 21st was devastating. However, marriage and children quickly moved my life forward. After 25 years of marriage, raising two children and working as an RN I decided to take a fresh look at my future. I took a year to investigate alternatives and by chance took a weekend workshop (for CE's) at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, a graduate school specializing in Human Sexuality. This chance workshop changed the trajectory of my life. The implications for my patients and their intimate partners was obvious once my mind began to expand and appreciate the vastness of the problem. That was more than a decade ago and now in my role as a practicing RN and with a thriving private practice in Sexology, life is very different. I always address sexual implications and am an advocate for better education and assistance to all our patients.