Tom Stewart is presenting The “Ass Panel”: The Ins and Outs of Anal Pleasure. He is also co-hosting CatalystCon Game Night: Sexy Trivia. Check out Tom’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
Without knowing it, we’ve been a change agent for 20 years in the sex toy industry. We introduced a higher end product to the market. We took a different approach to BDSM products and the market responded positively. We made it accessible, appealing and safe for people that weren’t into the “scene” to try. We continue to add new products and concepts to our line that improves people’s sexual experience.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
David Letterman was the inspiration for the Sportsheet. The night he jumped onto a Velcro wall and stuck, changed my future.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Globally: Acceptance. I think the challenge of sexuality has always been acceptance. That’s been the case for hundreds of years. The Puritans screwed us on that deal.
In my backyard: As a manufacturer in the sex toy industry, the challenge I see is the need for overall improvement of product quality and safety and in the retail sector, education.
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’ll list two.
1. The Pope’s comment on gays “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
2. And, the Sportsheets Door Jam Sex Sling. Pope Francis won’t be attending CatalystCon West but the Door Jam Sex Sling will be on display at the The Sportsheets Discovery Center.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, The “Ass Panel”: The Ins and Outs of Anal Pleasure, to Catalyst Con West?
We are talking about “Pegging”, sex in the ass. I want to acknowledge what’s going on with this trend. This is the one thing no one discusses or even admits and yet people are doing this more and more.
Share one known, or little-known fact about yourself.
I was a Marine and Navy helicopter pilot and retired as a Commander in the Navy.