I received the following feedback from a reader calling themselves Castimonia:
Have you ever thought you might have an intimacy or sexual disorder? I read some of your blog and it seems that there are some issue you have that I used to have quite a bit. I am not judging you because I have been where you are, I am simply stating that IF you would like true freedom and true happiness, THEN there is help for all of us! Good luck!
I read that and went, “Hmmmm.”
Castimonia has an eponymous blog upon which I found the following on their about page:
Castimonia is a Christ-centered 12-Step Support and Recovery program for sexual impurity or sexual addiction with the goal to achieve a Biblically-based sexual purity. We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other so that we may achieve sexual purity and help others overcome sexual impurity or compulsive sexual behaviors.
Although we believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, Christianity is not a requirement for attending meetings or working the 12-step program. We are open to any group or denomination. The only requirement for attendance and participation is the desire to stop compulsive sexual behavior and reach sexual purity.
Every man struggles with some level of sexual purity. This group is designed to help men who struggle with sexual purity, particularly in the following areas:
- Sexually immoral thought life
- Sexual acting out such as self-gratification, using prostitutes, frequenting sexually oriented businesses, or adult bookstores
If you are dealing with any of these kinds of struggles then you have found the right place.
I gotta tell you, that term “sexual purity” makes my skin crawl.
Yes, Castimonia, I once did think there was something wrong with me. I was ashamed and tried to hide how I was. I resisted the feelings that came from within me until I couldn’t any longer and then felt deep guilt and self-loathing once I indulged my desires. It wasn’t until I embraced those desires that I felt good. Once I admitted who I was to myself and my partner, a great weight was lifted. Your path, based on an interpretation of a corrupted mythology originating thousands of years ago, leads to self-hatered and mental anguish. Wrap it in whatever platitudes you like, it’s the same old anti-sex anti-human bullshit that’s made generations of people hate themselves and hate others who won’t do the same.
I have no use for you, no use for your belief system, and no use for your concern for me. Please go peddle your bile elsewhere.