Leandra is presenting Passing and Panties: Disability, Femininity, and Sexual Identity. Check out Leandra’s bio here.
1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
The stories people make up about each other are much worse than the truth we have inside. By speaking and writing about disability and sexual identity, I want to help pave the way with other writers and speakers so we can all feel willing and able tell our true stories.
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Sexuality bloggers and authors who were willing to have conversations with me that no one in my personal life was willing or able to have. My bookshelf is full of sex positive writers whose voices have led me through the most trying times and encouraged me to write down my own perspective.
3. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable changes that have been made in our current society and the field of sexuality?
Though I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone, the fact that you can buy erotica at Wal-Mart is fairly spectacular to me. Just think I kept all my kinky online reading a secret for years and years and now I see erotica titles in nearly every book store I visit. Sure, we have work to do in telling sex-positive stories and getting them out there, but the fact that people are reading and talking about erotica is huge to me, especially in the Midwest where I call home.
4. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
I feel that information access and media literacy is a challenge today. There are so many great resources on sexuality available but I feel they are at times kept out of places like public libraries or are buried beneath click-bait articles that do not have accurate information. We need more people to share and openly discuss sex books and resources. I also fear that so many people who need sexuality information are not comfortable even searching for sex-positive information or going to an event such as a kink munch or a talk at a sex-positive toy boutique. We need to get creative and persevere in our mission as sex writers and speakers to get information to those who need it, especially in schools, colleges, and public libraries.
5. Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic importation to you?
As a visibly disabled and kinky woman, I feel that embracing my feminine identity is a rebellious act. I want to shed light on the often overlooked aspects of sexual identity especially where embodiment is concerned.
6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
I sleep with a stuffed cow named Cow