A quick write up of one my favorite sex positive conferences in the U.S.
One of my favorite conferences to attend is CatalystCon. Why? Because it’s not a kink conference. Or a poly conference. It is a sex-positive conference that brings together sex educators, activists, bloggers, sex workers, erotica writers, pornographers, political advocates and more in one big ass event.
Why do I enjoy it so much? Because I get exposed to other’s activism that I would normally be blind to: Joan Price‘s excellent work on senior sex and erotica; Charlie Glickman‘s work on gender as a verb; Dr. Winston Wilde‘s work on psychotherapy for alternative sexualities. It allows me as an educator to take off the blinders and play in others’ playgrounds so I can be a better and more tolerant advocate within my own poly community.
Plus, for two whole days, I get to walk around like a rock star and meet people whom I only know by email or Twitter icon. And I’ll admit it: being famous for a weekend doesn’t suck!
That being said, it’s difficult to encapsulate the value of the conference in one blog post. Since I wasn’t able to live blog or Storify at this event as is my preference (due to fatigue, not any lack on the part of the organizer), I give you this list of awesome stuff I learned at this year’s CatalystCon West:
Cool Stuff I Learned at #ccon 2014:
- Reid Mihalko does a really convincing Dr. Phil impression.
- “Queer” (along with many other gender, sexual and relationship identities) is used to mean vastly different things, so it’s a good idea to ask “What does that mean to you?”
- You can make Charlie Glickman blush by treating him like a lady.
- There are a lot of really hard-working activists out there who need to hear that their part-time efforts, whether it be “just a blog” or “just a meetup group” are helping, and that that is enough.
- Clitorectomies were performed to cure lesbianism and paid for by Blue Cross up until 1977.
- There is a lot of debate about whether to use trigger warnings, and people are really passionate about their stances on it.
- Poly Weekly fans are the best, hottest, smartest and sexiest folks out there!
Some people use “sex positive” to mean “sexually free” rather than to refer to an attitude characterized by acceptance and tolerance with regard to sexual identity, practices and needs. But Carol Queen wrote a great post explaining what “sex positive” is and isn’t.
- People who want to be sex-positive educators and activists really want to know how to protect their identities online.
- Rachel Kramer Bussel, Reid Mihalko and Charlie Glickman are the marketing goddesses of the sex positive world!