Boy Erased

Boy Erased

I just tried to watch Boy Erased and I couldn't make it through. Sexuality in the context of evangelicalism is a terrifying thing.

I am a 29 year old man.

I was raped as a child by someone in the church. I've only ever said those words aloud twice, and just typing it out has me in tears. Through the lifetime of sexual confusion that's followed, I've been subjected to every kind of camp, retreat, and "accountability" that the church could throw at a boy with "same-sex attraction," along with the heyday of Purity Culture madness. (I currently identify as straight though I have had a lot of sex with men, so maybe bisexual? IDK. Put it on the list of things to work through in therapy.)

This film was a blindingly accurate portrayal of the culture that raised me. I was shaking and sobbing in my seat before I finally realized I couldn't watch it anymore. I had hoped it to be a healing experience, but I experienced the film itself as trauma. I don't know if I'll ever finish it.

Has anyone else seen Boy Erased? Any other ex-evangelicals here? We went through some shit, y'all.

Submitted December 07, 2018 at 11:45AM by dont_regret_today
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