How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I see myself as being able to help people protect the property they worked hard to create. Content creators are a minority entitled to the same rights as everyone else. I hope that through me, those artists can stand up for those rights.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
I won’t say who, but a studio owner dismissed me during a contentious debate about piracy. His words were something to the effect of “Do you really think YOU can make a difference?” – I was determined from that date to not only make a difference but to go above and beyond what any doubter would ever think possible.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
There’s obviously huge issues like gay marriage, human trafficking, reproductive rights, etc., which trump most everything else. But speaking to my little area of expertise, educating consumers to not see adult content creators as unworthy of basic human rights is a huge challenge, as well as educating consumers to understand why it is important to protect intellectual property and not treat the producers and performers as disposable.
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
Seeing the overwhelming tide of support for marriage equality. Knowing I will see a time in my lifetime when gay marriage is recognized across the United States. I grew up in a small town where you would have been taking a risk by coming out. To go from that to seeing the strides the LGBT community has made in acceptance – that is amazing.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, The Piracy of Sex, to CatalystCon East?
It is important for people to know there are things they can do to protect their intellectual property that won’t break their budget. I also want to reach out to those bloggers and/or educators who may be of the opinion that somehow anti-piracy equals censorship. I want them to know who the people are they are supporting. I want them to see how pirates are exploiting sex workers and artists. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and I hope to counter that with actual first-hand experience and facts.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I could tell you that, but I’d have to kill you.