‘The Bachelorette’: Hannah B. Addresses Virginity, Sexuality, and Religion This Season
Already, Hannah Brown is proving a bunch of people wrong. Many Bachelor fans thought she’d fumble her way through her first night (she held it together pretty well), and be cringingly awkward throughout her season (but so far so good!).
In another shocking turn of events, Hannah B.’s also becoming another Bachelorette spokesperson (along with Kaitlyn Bristowe) for female sexuality.
“What’s so funny is, I feel like I’m one of the least expected to [talk about my sexuality], because I am like, this Southern, prissy [woman]. I don’t kiss a lot of guys. But every woman thinks about it, talks about it. We all talk about it with our girlfriends, and I’m just living my life and being real and speaking what I’m actually thinking. And look, he was like a dessert [referencing her make-out sesh with Luke P.]!” she said in a recent interview with ET.
Hannah B. won’t stand for sex-shaming
As she is with most things, Hannah B.’s been pretty open about her sexual history and what that means for her religious life.
In the season preview shown after the premiere, we can hear Hannah B. having a heated conversation with one of her contestants.
“I have had sex and Jesus still loves me,” she says.
She told ET that she’s happy to shed a new light on religion with her season–a much more sex-positive light, it seems.
“A lot of times, people get Christianity and religion messed up, because your faith should be something personal in a relationship and it’s not to judge others or say, ‘Christianity is something you welcome others into.’ It should be a place where people feel safe and welcomed… and not to feel judged or shamed.” she explained. “Regardless of anything that I’ve done that people might think, ‘Oh, well, that deserved a scarlet letter,’ that’s not how it works. I can do whatever. I sinned daily, and Jesus still loves me. It’s all washed, and if the Lord doesn’t judge me and it’s all forgiven, then no other man, woman, animal — anything, I don’t know — can judge me!”
When she felt shamed by the contestant she was shown having a conversation with in the preview, she said she couldn’t help but share her ideas on sexuality and Christianity.
“I won’t stand for it,” she said. “I’m going to speak my mind about it.”
Hannah B. says she didn’t get to this place overnight. She experienced a lot of unnecessary shame before getting to where she is today.
“I shamed myself so much, I felt guilty for things. Even my first conversation about Colton, I talked about him being a virgin and me not, and how that really affected me, because I always thought that I would save myself for marriage and I hadn’t, and how for a long time, I carried shame and guilt around. And then I realized that I shouldn’t,” she said. “Now that, honestly, my faith has grown so much and I’ve realized what a relationship with the Lord is really about, I don’t have to carry that.”