1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I’m working in a smaller Canadian city, out of touch physically with the big urban centres, but using the internet and human connection to prove that we can do what we want without paying excessive rents in big cities. I’m creating art in that smaller city that challenges the ways that those folks interact with porn, and with concepts around sexuality.
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
A big catalyst for me was Annie Sprinkle visiting the University of Winnipeg in about 2004, when I was living across the street from there. Her unapologetic sexuality and sexual agency really made me start to understand the concepts behind sex positivity. Even if I wasn’t as overtly sexual as Annie, knowing that our energies could exist simultaneously without harming each other was a real “wake up” moment.
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?
Some of the most important changes made in recent memory are actually some negative ones for me. The recent changes in the UK porn laws, and recent changes to Canadian sex work laws being at the forefront. It’s all based in morality-policing, kink suppression, and quite frankly the suppression of (all) women’s sexuality. And boy, does it irk me.
4. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
The biggest challenges that we face right now are centred around concepts of morality. I’ll specifically be talking about what makes imposed morality so dangerous in my session “Talking About It: Porn literacy as media literacy”.
5. Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic importation to you?
My topic is so important to me because I honestly wish someone had taught me these things while growing up. I wish that there had been someone there to remind me that when I was consuming bits of porn here and there, that these things were produced, cast, and utterly created – and that that’s ok. It just means that things won’t actually look like reality. I also wish that the shame could be eliminated, especially for the sake of those that were raised in very morally judgemental homes. I feel like their lives could be so much freer.
6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
Gee whiz. I’m a bit of an open book on twitter, but I’ll give it a go. My hobbies outside of porn include birding, sewing, hiking, gardening, and curing meat from the ceiling of my unfinished basement like a total creep.