How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I work unconventionally in a traditionally conventional industry, the law. I have many unconventional clients, choose to office from a coworking space rather than a traditional office, and embrace a lot of innovative techniques in my practice, including flat fee monthly billing. All of this is hopefully helping to change the way people think about lawyers and the role than can play in the team of folks that help move a business to the next level.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
My clients have always been my biggest catalysts for change. Ever since I began practicing on my own (a move which was inspired by the bravery of my clients who had often made a similar leap!), I have tried to listen to what my clients want and need, and to adopt those things as part of my business. This has led to expanding Sexquire from solely legal work to bookkeeping, tax preparation and other services, all in response to suggestions from clients.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Ourselves. Sure, there are lots of forces working to undermine or completely shut down any aspects of sexuality education or freedom, but I think the biggest challenges in this industry come from within, and generally from the smaller businesses. I have witnessed so much infighting, ridiculous attempts to stop so-called “competitors” from advancing new ideas and just general discord internally in the industry that sometimes I lose hope that we will ever find a way to all work together. However, there are always new folks getting into the industry, so maybe someone new will find a way to get everyone working together!
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?
I’m glad to see people continuing the fight against the stereotype that porn can not come from a feminist perspective, or that it’s inherently bad for women. It’s hard to believe we’re still having this conversation in 2013, but I’m glad intelligent folks are at the forefront of this decade’s defense of pornography.
Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic [the topic of your session] to CatalystCon West?
When starting (or running) a business in the field of sexuality, having professional service providers give you serious answers or work with you is often one of the biggest challenges. Whenever I have a chance to bring information I’ve amassed over a decade of involvement with sex-related businesses to those thinking of starting or currently running one, I think it’s important. Sometimes the best information from sessions like this one come from the audience and their experiences, so I like providing a place for those conversations as well.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
When I was 7 I scratched a lottery ticket and won $5000.