I was very happy to participate in the inaugural west coast CatalystCon last September in Long Beach, and will return to speak and be spoken to at this year’s event, coming September 27 to Woodland Hills.
A stellar lineup of thoughtful porn stars and sexy sex educators (I make the distinction because the distinction needs to be made), CatalystCon is a weekend that combines as much challenge and diversity of opinion as it does preaching to the converted.
I will be speaking on a media panel (not to be confused with The Ass Panel, but I make that distinction, too, because that distinction needs to be made).
The following is a press release reprinted to enlighten non-adult industry readers about how the porn business talks about itself. It was written by an adult industry marketing professional.
CATALYSTCON WEST NAMES SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS
More than 70 Speakers Sign On for CatalystCon West Sexuality Conference This September
Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces a wide-ranging list of more than 70 speakers participating in CatalystCon West in Woodland Hills, CA, September 27-29, 2013. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, CatalystCon will return to the west coast with over 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality-based topics.
The sessions and workshops planned for CatalystCon West include a presentation on retro lesbian porn, advice for sexuality activists, a humanist perspective on male circumcision, a look at sex education in Australia and the Netherlands, and panel discussions on progressive swinging, sex-positive parenting, and sex and the media. A complete list of sessions may be found at catalystcon.com/sessions-west.
Speakers include sex educators Carol Queen and Debby Herbenick; academics Constance Penley and Shira Tarrant; activists Robert Morgan Lawrence and William Winters, and industry superstars Nina Hartley, Tera Patrick and Jacky St. James, plus sex workers, sex writers, sex therapists and other experts. A complete list of speakers, with biographies, may be found at catalystcon.com/speakers-west.
“I’m excited to have such a diverse line-up of speakers and broad range of topics for CatalystCon West,” said Dennis. “I think it is going to be an amazing event!”
“CatalystCon brings together a vibrant, active group of sex-positive people from all different communities and industries,” said author, sex educator and radio host Tristan Taormino who will be presenting two panel discussions on feminist porn in addition sexto bringing her radio show, Sex Out Loud to CatalystCon West. “It’s an exciting event that I just can’t miss!”
Dee Dennis is thrilled to announce that ANEROS has signed on again as Platinum Sponsor of CatalystCon. Other returning sponsors include Sportsheets as Gold Sponsor; Tantus and Wet both at the Silver Level, and the FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino and Sexquire at the Bronze Level. New sponsors include Nature Labs lubricants, Vibratex and We-Vibe all at the Silver Sponsor Level. More information on CatalystCon West’s sponsors may be found at catalystcon.com/sponsor/sponsors-west.
“Sponsorship at CatalystCon isn’t a vending opportunity,” said Tantus President and Founder Metis Black, “it’s a chance to talk with peers and experts, hear their voices and ideas and share common ground.” For information on how to become a sponsor or program advertiser of CatalystCon, visit catalystcon.com/sponsor or catalystcon.com/sponsor/advertising.
CatalystCon West will be held September 27-29, 2013 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.Registration is now open at catalystcon.com/register and early bird pricing is available until June 20, 2013.
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: CatalystCon—in the room with sex workers and elephants; CatalystCon suggests Southern California is ready to talk about sex
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