Jimanekia Eborn is presenting Shyness and Sexual Self-expression: How Shame and Trauma Impact Sexual Pleasure and Connection and hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Don’t Talk About It, Be About It: Creating Inclusive Sex Positive Spaces. Check out her bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I see myself as someone that has found their voice and pushing for those that have not been able to.I do a lot of my work in working with sexual assault survivors.Which is not the “fun” part of sexual education. My goal is being a catalyst in normalizing these conversations. And in normalizing them, working towards prevention.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
My catalyst for all that I do. Have been the women in my family. They have all been through such treacherous things and have come out stronger and surviving through. It makes me want to continue fighting and creating safer spaces. SO future women do not have to fight as hard and not go through as much .
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?
Finally, well slowly but surely. People are actually listening to others. I often find that people listen to respond, versus listening to hear. We are listening to survivors, we are listening to those that want more education. It is a hell of a fight. But, we are doing the hard work and pushing through to make the future a better place.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
There are still a lot of people that believe that abstinence education is the best. Although there are so many articles, research that says the opposite.
Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic important to you?
My topic is important to me because, i know how shame can really shape you into a totally different person.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
I have been working in the field of mental health since I was 21. I actually started out focused on working for the police force and studied criminal justice. I was dismissed from school, and started volunteering as a rape crisis counselor. That changed my life forever.