1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I see all informed people as catalysts for change. Our job is to correct misinformation and spread truth, sometimes actively, and sometimes just by living our lives unapologetically. I think we as sex workers, sex educators, and sex-positive artists and activists have the opportunity to role model healthy choices and behaviors.
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
I realized young that most people don’t grow up with the kind of support systems they need to grow into healthy, pleasure- and sex-positive people. As a child, I was the only resource for information in my peer group. I learned that it doesn’t get a whole lot better or easier even after puberty. My catalyst was rejecting the shame society tried to place on my shoulders and embrace education instead.
3. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
We need to realize that reproductive rights, sex worker rights, and queer rights don’t affect everyone in the same way. We must embrace the nuance of how sexuality plays a role in our individual journeys, and find ways to amplify the voices of those who may not experience their struggle in the same way we’re used to.
4. 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 think the march of progress is always heading in the right direction, despite some loud and angry voices wishing to impede that progress. I think the conversations that are happening in small communities: Cons addressing harassment, feminist spaces addressing racism, straight men holding each other accountable for misogyny, individuals of all kinds learning how to get called out without shutting down. It’s these intimate conversations that will ultimately help change the culture at large.
5. Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic Self-Publishing for Fun and (Maybe) Profit to CatalystCon West?
Self-publishing is one of the most exciting new methods of democratizing art and information. The amplification of all voices is necessary to further the sex-positive culture. I want to help people learn how to get their message out into the world using the best tools we’ve ever had for doing it.
6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I was on track to become a neuroscientist until I had a traumatic experience vivisecting a rat and changed my course.
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