Melissa Jones is presenting Sexual Taboos In Christian and Conservative Relationships. Check out Melissa's bio here. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change? Because I am an active Mormon and a clinical sexologist, I am constantly under scrutiny by my religious community. By maintaining my conservative Christian values while embracing a sex-positive approach, I am able to spark conversation and enlightenment within my church. Conservative couples who visit with me get the benefit of our shared backgrounds while being encouraged to explore their sexual interests. Who or what was a catalyst for you? I was and am inspired by those conservative women who struggle to see sex as anything more than a reproductive chore. I want for them to see sex in a way that brings joy, pleasure, and adventure to their marriage. 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? Within my sphere of influence, I see that sex is more openly discussed and that the shame is lifting. People are more at ease discussing a variety of sexual interests without guilt. Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Sexual Taboos In Christian and Conservative Relationships, to CatalystCon West? I’m certainly not unique, but there is definite rarity to being a practicing Christian Mormon and a professional sexuality educator. While some in the field of sexuality may deem me not progressive enough, to my religious “constituents” I have one foot in the sex festivals and the other foot in Sunday services, and I am able to bring both together. From this perspective, I am able to help other sex educators empathize without embarrassing those conservatives who want to expand their sexual horizons. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself. Some people sleep-walk. I sleep-eat chocolate! Learn more about all our amazing speakers here. Register for CatalystCon West here.