LaTerra McDaniels is presenting RT This: How Cyberbullying on Twitter is Impacting Women of Color in Porn. Check out her bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I encourage others to think outside the box and have conversations outside the box as well.
Too often we are preaching to the choir instead of stepping outside our comfort zone to talk to those whose views are different than our own.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
A few years ago I got an opportunity to work for an adult performer on several social media projects. Through this position I was able to meet many performers in the adult industry. I found most performers to be honest, open-minded, welcoming and business savvy. I felt the stereotypes about their work and who they are as people was completely wrong so started talking to everyone about about it even my mother hoping to open some minds and I believe I have. I’ve made it part of my mission to advocate for performer safety and respect on and off set because we ALL deserve respect.
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?
I believe LGBTQIA rights has made valuable change that is important in our society. I know it’s still a battle in many places in America and the world but there have been major strides towards acceptance, rights and respect. In the field of sexuality I feel taboo subjects are slowly eroding as people start to fully grasp how multifaceted human sexuality is.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
Sex education for young adults is one of the biggest concerns I see facing society and the field of sexuality. Without guidance our youth is being bombarded with information about sex with little help from schools or parents to filter through the madness. We need better sex education and it needs to happen earlier than high school. Sex positive educators need to be on the front lines of this issue and help create a curriculum both parents and teachers can get behind.
Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic important to you?
I’ve seen too many negative comments directed at adult performers over the years of being on Twitter. Social media can be fun but it can also be dangerous and damaging especially when you’re an adult performer. I felt like doing a presentation on this topic could be helpful not only to performers but to anyone on social media dealing with cyber-bullying.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
I’ve performed 8 weddings and all 8 of the couples I’ve married are still together!