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Tyler is an assistant professor of psychology at Rhodes College studying LGBTQ topics specific to Mormonism, his research aims to understand the mental health implications of gender, sexuality, faith, and their various intersections. As a self-identified queer Mormon, he is passionate about creating space for voices of all orientations and life paths to peacefully coexist.

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  1. Lance (reply)

    April 16, 2020 at 6:43 am

    I think that using masturbation as a way to show if someone is committed to their religion is not a good indicator. I feel whether one masturbates or not is more likely a sign that their needs are not being met in their current situation, than it is religious devotion. If someone has a high libido, they would be more likely to masturbate, and less likely to feel fulfilled in their celibate status. The same with mixed orientation marriage, I think the lack of masturbation likely points to sexual fulfillment in the marriage, and not to commitment to their spiritual beliefs. I think some of the story is missed by assuming that masturbation is making people unhappy. Even single and sexually active ranked higher than single and masturbating, so in terms of a sin factor it would not be that. I think it can also be a sign of someone who is trying super hard, i.e. not having sex, but finding it to be distressing. Being in the middle is not a sign of lack of devotion in my opinion, but the opposite, someone who has strong urges, or very homosexual, as opposed to a little more bisexual, and is not able to make it work. In other words masturbation is not a cause of the distress, but a sign of the distress of trying to live something someone is not physically and mentally able to live.

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