Mona Darling is presenting Infamous! A Celebration of Sex Workers Who Changed the World. Check out Mona’s bio here.
I feel like, as a sex worker, and a vocal mommy blogger that I have a unique audience and I would like to take advantage of that and educate and inform women about sex, sexual health and sexual shame.
And yes, I love to use the term Mommy Blogger. I love the juzposition of being a Dominatrix and a Mommy Blogger. I also like to reclaim.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
For this particular talk, the catalyst was being told in a very public forum that I had no right, as a Dominatrix, to take offense at a sexist remark, because as a Dominatrix, I am responsible for failure of feminism.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
I actually think this is a great time for sexuality. People are talking about sex a lot more and the internet offering easy access to sexual and sexy education. My main concern would be to get the correct info to people.
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?
As much as I hate Fifty Shades of Grey, I love the fact that it has so empowered so many women to talk about their sexuality and embrace their desires. I hope that we can keep this momentum moving and continue, as women, to open up. The more we talk, the less alone we will feel. This applies to all aspects of sexuality, from sexual abuse, to atypical sexual desire.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Infamous! A Celebration of Sex Workers Who Changed the World, to CatalystCon West?
I’ve been a sex worker for twenty years, and despite the fact that sex is a hot topic right now, there is still sex worker shaming. I would like to show people that sex work can be a viable career. That sex workers aren’t the victim. That often, the opposite is true. That women who work in sex work are strong amazing women who have made some big changes in the way women are able to live, but their career always over shines that work. I feel it important to acknowledge those women.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I used to be a Tupperware lady.