A friend messages me the other day and says, “your not going to believe this”. “what”, I ask. “The Church has removed Boyd K Packer’s Little Factory Talk”, he informs me. “That’s impossible…. deleting a General conference talk completely…. forever? no way” I tell him……..
Well he was right and today we play that talk and discuss its unhealthy perspectives, we discuss how Apologists defended it, and how with its removal the Church is admitting that the talk is unhealthy and indefensible. It has in spite of it being the backdrop of so much shame around sexuality imposed on young Latter-day Saints and its having widespread use and approval by general leadership and church publications, effectively become the philosophies of Men mingled with scripture.
Title: The Sound of Silence
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I wanted to share an article I ran across several years ago that gets into the history of the church specifically regarding masturbation. It is titled “Historical development of new masturbation attitudes in Mormon culture: Silence, secular conformity, counterrevolution, and emerging reform” by Mark Kim Malan and Vern Bullough. It was published in the “Sexuality & Culture” Journal, Fall 2005, Vol 9, No 4. I would recommend it. Below is the link to access the abstract. I would post it but I would run into copyright issues.