Erin Tillman is presenting Beautism and Status: How Stereotypes Influence Leadership, and Limit Choices… Recognizing Patterns and Reclaiming Power. Check out her bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I’m doing what I can to empower single people when it comes to dating, consent, and self-care. Things are evolving quickly in the dating game because of online dating and dating apps, and these rapid changes have a lot of single people feeling lost. I help singles navigate through the ever-changing, ever-evolving world of dating.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Any and all individuals who are fighting for equality.
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?
The conversation around consent has become mainstream. Millennials and post-millennials are generally aware of what consent means compared to older generations. There’s still work to be done, but the younger generations are more aware of issues around consent because there has been media coverage of high profile cases…and for better or worse, that brings awareness and gets a conversation started.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
One big challenges that I see is that we still aren’t able to live and let live overall, but especially when it comes to sexuality. I hope one day we can get to a place where we’re all happy and fulfilled in our own lives, so much so, that we aren’t trying to negatively influence others’ lives.
Another major challenge is that consent is still a huge issue. Though there is more awareness around boundaries and consent, there are still concerns about how it is discussed, how to prevent potential assault, care for survivors, etc. I look forward to a time where consent violations are consistently seen as unacceptable in our society and conversations about boundaries are a regular part of human interactions.
Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic important to you?
Privilege is a huge topic impacting so many areas of our society, and beauty (or the perception of beauty) is a privilege that impacts individuals in regards to social status, and even in seemingly unrelated areas like career advancement. Like all areas of privilege, it’s important to be aware of possible (appearance-related) privilege not only to put things into perspective, but also to find solutions to certain issues.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I’m fluent in french