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In the Name of God, Why?: Ex-Catholic Nuns Speak Out about Sexual Repression, Abuse & Ultimate Liberation: 2 [Paperback]

Dr. Fran Fisher
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8 Mar 2012
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.


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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin Publishing (8 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615612229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615612225
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A text book work 11 Mar 2013
By pee jay
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Enlightening, the life of women who think they will spend their lives in the service of God as nuns in religious orders.
The book studies through interviews the effects being members of religious orders has on their sexual needs as women. How the strict routine and suppression of feelings affects them in their relationships with the people they come in contact with.
The book follows many pathways, from the reasons for entering into the life of a religious, the need to be sexually active despite the religious rule; and finally why women eventually leave to live lives within the larger community. Maybe one of books that should be read before entering into the life of a religious within the strict bounds of the Roman Catholic Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educated female with Catholic upbringing 27 May 2011
By CrazyHorse - Published on Amazon.com
Having been raised in a Catholic family, attending Sunday masses and continuing my education at a Jesuit private college, I was intrigued by this book the moment I saw it. The book candidly discusses several women's sexual journeys through repression, control, fear, hypocrisy and for some, ultimate enlightenment after leaving their respective communities. The stories are truly remarkable and disturbing. The hypocritical stance of the Catholic Church and its teachings are further illuminated, making one wonder if it is even a viable option for any reasonable human being to remain dedicated to such a flawed system designed to repress women and the evolution of the whole soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation 22 Jun 2012
By Artgurl - Published on Amazon.com
I found Dr. Fran Fisher's book, In The Name Of God Why?, to be well-written, honest, and compelling. The author handles her subject matter in a candid, straightforward manner, balancing a researcher's objectivity with the interviewees' very poignant stories . Heartbreaking, triumphant, disturbing, and sometimes amusing, the reader will be drawn to their thought provoking tales. Kudos to Dr. Fran for presenting this ground-breaking work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good insightful read 27 Jan 2013
By she - Published on Amazon.com
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An honest book about the lives of "celibate " people in the catholic church, insightful also for women from other religious orders, groups.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of god Why 19 Nov 2012
By Cecilia - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book fascinating - especially because of my own backgound in religious life. I was a Sister of Mercy for 30 years before I eventually left. It was frank in a way I have never heard ex-religious discuss their sex life and problems in the convent.
There was a problem in my receiving the book because it was sent to a former address, which I discovered too late to have the address changed. Somehow the book did make its way to me last week, and I am glad it did arrive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting accounts but poorly executed 24 Sep 2013
By Irene Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Name of God Why. . .did I keep reading this book? It should come with a disclaimer: This is a self-published book by an author who received her PhD from an unaccredited institution. With such a disclaimer, I would have been prepared for the multitude of errors in content, style, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and math. The answer to my question is that I kept reading because the subject matter interested me. My inner child wanted to learn more about the women who shared their intimate lives with the author, while my inner editor groaned at the writer's lack of skill in relating those stories. (The missing comma in the title on the cover hints at what is to come, but I overlooked that when I decided to purchase a copy.)

The author refers to her book as a thesis, study, and research, which would lead one to believe that it's a scholarly work. However, despite her good intentions, she had left it riddled with egregious errors. I came across the words "cebebacy," "noviate," and "deferaver." Based on context, I translated the first two as "celibacy" and "noviciate," but the last word stumped me. Didn't the author have a spell-check function she could have used in preparing the manuscript? I was surprised to see math errors, such as a column of percentages on page 124 that added up to 101 percent. In numerous places, she refers to having 28 women participate in the study. However, on page 187, she refers to four women and the "remaining 25." This is just a tiny sample of the sorts of mistakes that cast suspicion on her ability to conduct a research project or execute it in written form.

These accounts by ex-nuns make for compelling reading (if you can overlook the randomly placed commas and run-on sentences that result from the author's transcribed audiotaped interviews). So much of their stories relate to painful memories and heartfelt emotions that it keeps you reading. I would have included more backgrounds on these women, such as which order they had joined and their age at the time of the interview. (These appear to have been done prior to 1998.) The accounts are jumbled together throughout the book; I would have put each woman's story into individual chapters or sections within chapters.

While the author may be quite competent to discuss sex with her clients for $120 plus per hour, she really should employ an experienced ghost writer if she intends to publish any more books. If this review seems harsh, it's because I can recall how hard I worked to obtain my BA from an accredited university; it annoys me to think someone can put a "Dr." in front of his or her name after obtaining a PhD from a diploma mill or its equivalent.

All things considered, I should have saved my money.
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