Episode One Hundred And Twenty-Nine – On Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife – It’s Not About The Sex (My Ass!)

Joanne Hanks used to be a Mormon as well as one of many wives serving her husband – now after her long journey from growing up in the faith, joining a cult and the disillusionment that lead to her leaving, she tells her story in a new book with Steve Cuno – called “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass:

If you sense in me a house divided, you are not wrong. I gloried in an inner conviction that we were following God’s true plan. But inside I ached, because what God demanded of me was awful and it cut deep. How I thought a worthy handmaid should feel and how I really felt were constantly fighting it out within. More often the first, but sometimes the second, prevailed.

This is not only a fascinating, often distressing and thought-provoking read – it’s one that’s told with good humour, insight and plenty of food for thought as to the influence that religion can have on society, particularly the political sphere and the status of women.

Joanne tells their crazy story with humor, satire—and insight. You’ll share her angst over sharing her husband. You’ll meet her “sister wives,” a prophet calling himself a “celestial stud service” who seeks divine guidance on threesomes, and apostles who dress in weird robes to curse the White House. You’ll fume at gut-wrenching tales of racism, sexual abuse, fraud, and manipulation. And you’ll find out why no one remembers when Jesus destroyed the world on March 26, 2000.

The official site can be found at http://www.itsnotaboutthesexmyass.com.

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