Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Audrey Falk

Second Advisor

Melissa Nemon


Little research has been done on female sexual addiction and even less research exists regarding the intersectional complexities of female sexual addiction for women of faith. Female sexuality has been largely invisible in religious communities and in society. This project endeavored to explore if art could be an appropriate tool to increase the visibility of the experiences of women of faith dealing with sexual addiction. An interdisciplinary mixed medium workshop was curated that encompassed an interactive art exhibition, poetry readings, monologue and open discussion. The goal of the workshop was increase the visibility of the experiences of women of faith who struggle with sexual addiction, to challenge social norms by introduction alternative narratives in an effort to decrease the stigma that surrounds female sexual addiction, and to increase awareness of resources and tools available regarding sexual addiction. Findings suggested that art is an impactful tool to increase visibility and challenge social norms. Sex in the Sanctuary was an important step towards making visible the realities of a people group that has been overlooked and othered in faith-based spaces and in society because it provides evidence that art can be used to engage people in complex social issues.

Included in

Religion Commons