Our team got some good news recently, and Joanna Sawatsky (one of the co-authors for The Great Sex Rescue and She Deserves Better, who leads up the research side of what we do) wanted to share it with you today!
We at Bare Marriage have had a big year.
Behind the scenes, I have been working hard on scholarly writing projects (hopefully we’ll be able to share some exciting news soon on that front!)
It has been a lot of activity and we have been VERY busy.
But this week we discovered something very exciting! So exciting that I immediately decided it was a Christmas gift… even though it happened last year and we didn’t know about it then.
We have been working so hard and it feels a little bit like we’re ducks moving slowly through the water – furiously paddling underneath even as we look (relatively) calm and collected on the outside.
Our work was cited in a 2021 paper in a journal about sex and marital therapy and we did not know!
We had a very happy FaceTime call to celebrate.
None of us had thought to check google scholar for citations of The Great Sex Rescue because… OOPS! Didn’t cross our minds. Apparently this wasn’t the only paper that cited our books?!
Time for a belated celebration!
Ok but why does being cited in a journal matter?
Citations of our work in peer reviewed places is part of spreading the word about our research. It means that the work is being amplified because it’s in more places and reaching scholars in more fields.
I’m also especially excited to find our work being cited in a journal about marital therapy, as educating therapists and physiotherapists about the findings we’ve had has been such a goal of ours for years. It shows that the ideas that we’ve had are making an impact!
It’s important here to note that lots of evangelical marriage books have been cited in scholarly works – we are not unique. But what is unique is that we’re being cited because of our data.
But while we’re keeping things in perspective we are also very happy to have found this. And we promise we will be checking our google scholar citations list more frequently now that we realized that we are actually being cited.
What other peer review milestones have we hit this year?
Journal articles written by us and citing our original research for The Great Sex Rescue is the big goal we have been chasing for a while (and again – hope to have exciting news on that front soon… we are just playing a waiting game right now!)
But there are other forms of peer review that also matter. And we’ve been working on those too!
- In 2021 we presented our findings at the American Physiotherapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting and that talk is being utilized as continuing professional education for physiotherapists.
- The data set from the Great Sex Rescue has been published at the Association for Religion Data Archives, where it can be accessed by scholars and journalists around the world.
- The Great Sex Recsue was also reviewed in the Women’s Health Journal of Physiotherapy. (And the NYT book review but that isn’t scholarly… it was just deeply exciting).
All of these are exciting and big projects that we’re so happy to have off the ground. We can’t wait to see where things go from here!
The best is that academic journals are realizing they need to research evangelical women’s experience with sex. Here’s a quote from the new article we found that talks about our work (among others):
“Kay Klein, Lemke, Bolz-Weber, and Gregoire are four faith-based authors who have also gathered stories from evangelical and former evangelical individuals about the impact that the [Evangelical Purity Movement] EPM had on their sense of identity, sexuality, and overall health (Bolz-Weber, 2019; Gregoire, Lindenbach, & Sawatsky, 2021; Klein, 2018; Lemke, 2017). Unfortunately, while these individuals have noticed PTSD-like symptoms in themselves, their friends, students, community members, and clients related to religious sexual shame from the EPM, the psychological community has been slow to conduct direct research connecting the two. Although many studies explore the effects that abstinence education, sexual double standards (SDS), objectification, and shame have on sexuality, there are few studies that focus these concepts within the specific demographic of females raised as evangelical Christians during the EPM.”
Getting the word out about our findings in clinical fields where our data set sheds really important light on the effects of purity culture and the sexual health broadly of religious women has been a really big goal of all of ours over the last few years.
We knew when we did the survey for The Great Sex Rescue that the project was something special. I remember us being in awe that so many women filled out the survey. And we have wanted to act in a manner and spread the word about our findings in a way that lived up to the great trust that had been put in us by so many women. We are desperate to be faithful.
Finding out that someone else–someone we had never met!–was doing that work for us has been such a relief.
I needed to be reminded this Christmas season that the Spirit is at work. Aslan is on the move. And while I and all of us at Bare Marriage are doing our utmost, we can also entrust the remainder of the work to The Master.
We’ve all decided we’re really chuffed (that’s the right word!).
We have some big plans on how to get our research out there more widely in a way that it can impact how pastors and counselors are trained. Let’s stop this toxic stuff at the root!
You can be part of that by partnering with us in our fundraiser. We’re halfway towards being able to start–and ¼ of the way towards our goal. We really need some monthly donors, too. We can’t do this alone!
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