CatalystCon is in 15 days, and I will be heading to DC for lots of fun and info all about sex!

What is CatalystCon.?

I can’t really say it any better than then organizers themselves.

CatalystCon East '13

CatalystCon. is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity.

This is a conference meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate. It is a conference where everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences. With the most current attacks on women’s rights such as birth control, mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds as well as sex education being pulled from our schools, it is more important than ever to come together and have these important conversations on all areas of sexuality.

The fundamental principle of CatalystCon. is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting changing conversations.”

Why are you going to CatalystCon.?

Sex equals fun

With the birth of the Sexual Wellness program at Cleveland Exotic Dance, it’s time to connect with others doing similar work with sexuality. Our burlesque ladies attend things like BurlyCon, Pole has all kinds of showcases, competitions, and conventions, and belly dance has all kinds of fun events. Many of these events feature a host of workshops designed to focus on aspects to create better dancers and instructors.

The world of sexuality is no different. I have read A LOT about sexuality, from how-to books to anthropological ethnographies. I have also experienced all kinds of flavors of sexuality, from stripping to kink clubs. I can always learn more. I can always improve on how to share information with and educate others on both fun sex topics and serious ones.

I love what I do, and I want to always learn more and get better, not just for myself, but for my students. If you are interested in virtually attending the convention with me, follow me on twitter, Red-Thistle.

Here’s a list of the presentations and events I plan on attending. Each one has it’s own hashtag for twitter so you can follow everyone’s tweets. The entire event has one too, #ccon.

Friday March 15th

Opening Keynote speaker/panel #cconok

Saturday March 16th

Sex Work & Disability #cconswdisability
Making Comprehensive Sex Education into Inclusive Sex Education #cconsexed
How to be a Top Presenter #cconpresenter
Creative Recovery: Transforming Pain into Healing Power after Sexual Assault #cconrecovery
Slut Shaming in Sex-Positive Communities #cconshaming
Girl Gasms #ccomgirlgasms
Take it like a Man #cconlikeaman
Sexy Soiree #cconsoiree
Dirty Bingo #cconbingo

Sunday March 17th

When to give it away and when to charge for it #cconcharge
The Online Activist: Ready, Set, Tweet! #cconactivist
Does this Panel Make Me Look Fat? Body Image and Sexuality #cconbody
Closing Presentation & Afternoon tea #cconck

photo credit: “Caveman Chuck” Coker via photopin cc

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