Jackie Strano is presenting Feminist Porn 101: What it is, What it isn’t, and Why it matters, Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective and the Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Check out Jackie’s bio here.
I have dedicated my life’s work to changing stigma around pleasure, sexual health, gender equality, gender roles, and sex and giving more people access to trusted information. I have worked hard at changing the way people think about sexuality in general whether that be as an independent film maker, performer, producer, or as an Executive at a Sex Positive Feminist retail company who also does product development.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Creating the movie Bend Over Boyfriend after helping couples pick out sex toys while working at a feminist sex toy store… working at Good Vibrations changed my life in so many ways…it’s where I met my future wife, some of my life-long friends and colleagues, where I experienced my own sexual awakening and identity so many years ago. It was quite a life changing lesson to be a big bull-dagger teaching men how to be penetrated… very feminist.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
I am fearful of anything that calls out ‘female sexual dysfunction’ and prescribing a pill for it paid by big pharma and insidious slut shaming going on with mainstream rape culture especially with our young adults in this country and youth abroad. I am also devoted to getting more information out there regarding the rampant transmission of HIV among the young African-American male population.
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?
More mainstream conversations about vibrator use, masturbation, self-pleasure, as well as more access via Obamacare for health and reproductive rights for women… defeating of right wing women hating conservatives who ran for congress.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Feminist Porn 101: What it is, What it isn’t, and Why it matters, to CatalystCon West?
Being a sex positive feminist informs everything I do and say. I care for my sons and family, the earth, my staff, my company, my town, my country and I want to be a force of good and an agent of social change.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I wasn’t born in this country and my father and his side of the family are holocaust survivors.