The Center for Sex & Culture Chosen for “Give OUT Day” Fundraiser

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May 082013
 

The CSC announces its participation in “Give OUT Day”, the first national giving day campaign aimed at the LGBTQ community on May 9th, 2013

The Center for Sex & Culture has been selected as one of the charities to participate in the first national Give OUT Day, a new initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day to give in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer community. On Thursday, May 9th, between 12:00am and 11:59pm, the LGBTQ community and allies across the country will come together for 24 hours of generosity and the Center for Sex & Culture is thrilled to be a part of this historic event.

The CSC, founded in 2000 by Drs. Carol Queen and Robert Morgan Lawrence, is an archive, library, gallery and community space aimed at preserving and sharing information and artifacts of sexual identity, sexual products, and sexual ideas. It is a 501(c) (3) educational organization and it needs your help.

“The Center For Sex and Culture collects because every single sex-related item, in a society that is obsessed by and ashamed of sex, is vulnerable to extinction,” said Queen. “There’s less knowledge about sex informing our history than any other significant elements of life in different times and places.”

“There’s no other archive like this one,” said Metis Black, Founder and President of Tantus, Inc. “For those of us who make a living from the adult industry, this collection is particularly important. There are so few archives that collect sex-related materials, and even fewer that make it a sole focus as the CSC does. The cultural ideas around sexuality have changed so much in the last few decades, and this is a chance to preserve materials that relate to the ways the adult industry has transformed the way people think about sex.”

To support the Center for Sex and Culture for Give OUT Day, visit their fundraising page at: http://giveout.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture on May 9th and make a tax-deductible donation. The Horizons Foundation will be granting an additional $5,000 to the Bay Area organization that tallies the most individual contributions on Give OUT Day. “Any person’s donation — in any amount, even $10 — might be the gift that puts us over the top and allows us to raise another five grand,” said Queen. “We are so honored and excited to be involved in this project.”

Anyone who donates $10 or more to the CSC through their Razoo page will be given a $10 discount on registration for CatalystCon West, a conference focused on sparking communication in sexuality, activism, and acceptance. (Send the Razoo confirmation email to info@catalystcon.com to receive the discount code.) Anyone who donates $20 or more will also be given a discount code for 20% off any new product at TantusInc.com, good towards the purchase of any of Tantus’ 100% ultra-premium silicone sex toys. (Send the Razoo confirmation email to Support@tantusinc.com to receive the code.) In addition, anyone who donates $25 or more will be put into a raffle for two registration tickets to CatalystCon West.

Donations to the CSC will go towards helping to develop the archives, hiring their first paid staff member, and necessities such as hot water and insurance. It doesn’t take a miracle to do this work — it takes YOU. Please give a little and help on May 9th.

About Give OUT Day: Give OUT Day is a new national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer community. It is a chance for LGBTQ groups large and small, to work across the wide range of issues and activities that matter to the LGBTQ community from sports to policy change, families to the arts. It is a chance for members of the LGBTQ community and our many allies to stand up and show our support for our community together on one day. It is a chance to make history. Give OUT Day is powered by Bolder Giving’s LGBTQ Equality Initiative. For more information visit www.giveoutday.org or contact Noris Chavarría at Noris@BolderGiving.org.

About the Center for Sex and Culture: The mission of the Center for Sex and Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. The CSC aims to provide a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to the widest range of people. Dr. Carol Queen is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She is the staff sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex toy and bookstore in San Francisco, where she has worked since 1990. For more information visit: www.sexandculture.org or contact carol@sexandculture.org.

Donate to the CSC on Give OUT Day via www.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture.

CatalystCon West Accepting Submissions For Saturday Evening Entertainment

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May 062013
 

The Saturday evening entertainment at CatalystCon has been a favorite of past attendees and speakers alike! Many have asked how they can become a part of that exciting lineup… so we are thrilled to announce that we will be accepting entertainment submissions for CatalystCon West.

Those interested in sharing their talents with CatalystCon, should submit an Entertainment Proposal with the following information:

  • Name
  • Company name (if applicable)
  • Email
  • URL (if applicable)
  • Twitter/Facebook URLs (if applicable)
  • Photo(s) (300-500px wide)
  • Description of entertainment (150 word max)
  • Length (should be between 90 minutes and 2 hours)
  • Special requirements

Proposals should be sent in plain text in the body of your email (no pdfs or word docs) and should be sent to catalystconsubmissions@gmail.com by June 10th.

Note: We do not offer compensation or cover travel. If chosen you will receive a complimentary full weekend ticket to the conference. 

Announcing CatalystCon West Sexuality Conference

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Apr 222013
 

The Conference Designed to Spark Communication in Sexuality Returns to the West Coast in September

After a successful, sold-out CatalystCon East conference in Arlington, VA, founder Dee Dennis is returning to the west coast to spark open communication about sexuality, activism and acceptance. CatalystCon West will be held September 27-29, 2013 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.

Described by Dennis as a “melting pot of sexuality,” CatalystCon West will bring together hundreds of sex educators, sex workers, health advocates, writers, activists and more to attend 40 sessions and workshops on sexuality-based topics like “toxic toys”, polyamory, sex work, homophobia in communities of color and feminist porn.

CatalystCon is currently accepting proposals for sessions from anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations in the realms of sexuality, activism and acceptance. Individuals, therapists, educators, media specialists, bloggers, activists, women’s rights advocates, health professionals, and anyone with a passion for creating change is encouraged to submit a proposal. To find out more about becoming a speaker at CatalystCon West please visit catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers. The deadline for speaker submissions is May 15, 2013.

“At CatalystCon, everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences,” said Dennis. “Everyone has something to offer, and the more participants, the better the experience — for everybody.”

Author, sex educator and radio host Tristan Taormino will be bringing her radio show, Sex Out Loud (sexoutloudradio.com), to CatalystCon West and will be recording interviews with speakers and attendees in front of a live audience. She will also be presenting a pre-conference workshop “Sex Educator Boot Camp” on Friday. Both events were met with rave reviews at CatalystCon East and Taormino said that she is thrilled to bring them to CatalystCon West.

“CatalystCon brings together a vibrant, active group of sex-positive people from all different communities and industries,” she said. “It’s an exciting event that I just can’t miss!”

The Closing Keynote “Afternoon Tea with Dr. Joycelyn Elders” will feature remarks from the former Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service under President Clinton, followed by an informal interview of Elders by Lynn Comella.

“Last year I attended the inaugural CatalystCon West as a speaker. I’m thrilled to not only attend again this year, but to host an ‘afternoon tea’ with one of my idols,” said Comella, a women’s studies professor at UNLV. “What I love most is that CatalystCon brings a diverse group of people together over the course of a weekend to discuss, debate and think about issues that matter deeply to many of us, from sex education and healthy relationships to sex worker rights and censorship.”

Four returning sponsors from CatalystCon East – Sportsheets International, Tantus Inc., Wet International and Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino – have already committed to sponsoring CatalystCon West.

“CatalystCon West 2013 will be our third CatalystCon sponsorship,” said Tantus President and Founder Metis Black. “Sponsorship at CatalystCon isn’t a vending opportunity; it’s a chance to talk with peers and experts, hear their voices and ideas and share common ground.” For information on how to become a sponsor of CatalystCon, visit catalystcon.com/sponsor.

Registration is now open at catalystcon.com/register. Early bird pricing is available until June 20, 2013.

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CatalystCon East Sexuality Conference a Success

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Mar 272013
 

After the Resounding Success of CatalystCon East, Founder Dee Dennis Announces CatalystCon West, September 27-29, 2013 

Over 350 attendees from around the U.S. and Canada – and as far as Sweden and the Netherlands – gathered in Arlington, VA March 15-17 for the sold-out CatalystCon East sexuality conference. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, the event featured 40 sessions and workshops on sexuality-based topics such as erotic writing, “toxic toys”, body image and sexuality, homophobia in communities of color, and sex and disability. Described by founder and organizer Dee Dennis as a “melting pot of sexuality,” CatalystCon unites sex educators, sex workers, health advocates, writers, activists, and others with a passion for creating change.

CatalystCon continues to be such an important meeting of the minds for sex educators, thinkers, academics and community members,” said Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and co-founder of The Center for Sex & Culture, who spoke at the Closing Keynote with her partner Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence. “It was a real honor to bring some historical perspective to some of our colleagues who’ve recently gotten involved with sex community, sex ed and CatalystCon.”

The official hashtag #ccon was used so often that it became a trending topic on Twitter on Saturday evening. The conversation continued during and after the conference using the main hashtag and customized hashtags for each session and special event, and many of the best tweets from the conference were curated using Storify. For more information, visit catalystcon.com/press/live-tweets.

Dennis is also proud to announce that over $900 was raised for sexuality education organization Scarleteen (scarleteen.com) at CatalystCon East, thanks to fundraising efforts by conference staff and attendees and representatives from sponsors artpulp, Tantus and Sportsheets International. Other official sponsors of CatalystCon East included ANEROS, Pleasure Chest, Wet, EROS, the FC2 female condom, Good Vibrations, Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire and The Smitten Kitten. Find more info on the sponsors at catalystcon.com/sponsor/sponsors-east.

“Tantus Inc has always been an education based company,” said Tantus President and Founder Metis Black. “We were the first business to educate the industry about material safety and silicone sex toys, and when a sex positive conference that reached out to sex toy bloggers, sex educators, health workers and sex workers came we were one of the first to jump on board. Sponsorship at Catalyst isn’t a vending opportunity; it’s a chance to talk with peers and experts, hear their voices and ideas and share common ground.  We get one on one time with store affiliates, meeting the movers and shakers and social media’s who’s who. I feel so energized and full of ideas each show. Really, there are other educational conventions around but there’s only one CatalystCon.” CatalystCon West 2013 will be the third CatalystCon Sponsorship for Tantus.

CatalystCon returns to the west coast September 27-29, 2013 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service under President Clinton, is already confirmed as the Closing Keynote Speaker.

CatalystCon West is accepting speaker submissions until May 15, 2013. The conference welcomes anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations in the realms of sexuality, activism and acceptance. To apply to speak at CatalystCon West, visit catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers.

“At CatalystCon, everyone is welcome, everyone is respected, and everyone is encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences,” Dennis said. “Everyone has something to offer, and the more participants, the better the experience — for everybody.”

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Thank you for helping to make CatalystCon East a success!

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Mar 242013
 

CatalystCon East was a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event possible.

Keep the conversation going!

We want to thank everyone for all their comments and praise! We are working hard to round up all of the best tweets using the hashtag #ccon and curate them on Storify to tell the stories of CatalystCon. (We’re also working on creating stories for individual sessions, keynotes and special events.) This is taking a little longer than we expected because there are just so many amazing tweets! In fact, the hashtag #ccon was actually a trending topic on Twitter on Saturday! We owe this to everyone who live tweeted this event – without you there would be no stories to tell here. Some of the Storify stories are already on the site and we’ll be adding new ones as soon as they’re ready, so check back often! Thank you for your patience.

We’re also compiling links to articles and blogs about CatalystCon on our Press page. If you have written about CatalystCon, please let us know! We will be posting photos from our official photographer, Tyler Keegan Grigsby, to our website soon. If you have photos from CatalystCon East send them to us and we can share them on our Facebook page. (Please double check your photos to maek sure there are no “No Photos” people anywhere in them before posting.)

Did you complete the post-ccon survey?

We’d love your feedback about the conference to assist in better planning of future CatalystCon events. Please take our survey and let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you’d like to see more of in the future. Your feedback can help shape the future of CatalystCon! Check your email (the email that is connected to your Eventbrite account) to find the survey.

 Announcing CatalystCon West

We are thrilled to announce that CatalystCon West will take place on September 27-29, 2013 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. We are so excited that Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States under President Clinton, has already signed on as our Closing Keynote Speaker with Lynn Comella as moderator.

The Call for Speakers for CatalystCon West is now open. We urge anyone who has something to share that will spark conversations in sexuality to submit a proposal. Whether you are an individual, therapist, sexuality educator, media specialist, blogger or activist, you have a voice to be heard. The submission deadline is May 15, 2013.

Fundraisers to Support Scarleteen

We are proud to announce that over $900 was raised for Scarleteen at CatalystCon East!

One lucky attendee won two tickets to a future CatalystCon conference! We also would like to thank both Tantus and Sportsheets, who so generously donated items for their own raffles.

And a special thank you to Artpulp.net who sponsored a special “masquerade” art project to raise money for Scarleteen. All the finished masks were photographed and viewable in an exclusive gallery here.

Thank you to everyone who donated. It’s not too late to continue to support Scarleteen. You can still donate now: here.

Thank you so much for being a part of CatalystCon East!

Thank you so much to our sponsors – ANEROS, Sportsheets, Tantus, Pleasure Chest, Wet, artpulp, EROS, the FC2 female condom, Good Vibrations, Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire and The Smitten Kitten. (Find more info on our sponsors here.)

Thank you to everyone who was a part of CatalystCon East – the attendees, speakers, volunteers, and everyone who followed along at home via social media. And a special thank you to my staff and the “girl gang” who helped make the weekend run so smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Hope to see everyone at CatalystCon West…

CatalystCon to Host Fundraisers for Scarleteen.com

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Feb 272013
 

Sexuality Conference to Host 2 Fundraisers for Sex Education & Information Site!

CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis announces two fundraising efforts to benefit sex education and information site Scarleteen.com during next month’s CatalystCon East conference in DC-adjacent Arlington, Virginia.

“As a mother myself, I know about the lack of valid sexual information available to children and teenagers,” says Dee Dennis. “Scarleteen fits perfectly with the CatalystCon message of ‘knowledge is power.’ I am thrilled to give CatalystCon attendees the opportunity to fund their important work.”

Dennis has donated two tickets to a future CatalystCon Conference to be raffled off at CatalystCon East. Tickets are $5 (or five for $20) and will be available at the registration table throughout the entire weekend of CatalystCon East. The drawing will take place during the conference’s closing remarks, although attendees need not be present to win.

The second fundraiser is a special “masquerade” art project, sponsored by Artpulp.net. For a $5 donation, each participant will be given a mask and access to art supplies to create a mask that represents an identity. This identity could represent the mask they feel necessary to wear on a daily basis, the identity they feel the need to hide, or the identity of the creative and sexual force they have within. Every mask will be an effort to open the lines of communication about sexuality and freedom. All the finished masks created will be photographed at the conference and be viewable in an exclusive gallery at Artpulp.net/masks. Each $5 mask donation will include a “coupon” to purchase one raffle ticket at the discounted price of $1.

Information about both fundraisers may be found at CatalystCon.com/fundraiser.

“We’re so grateful to Dee Dennis and the attendees of CatalystCon for their generous help in sustaining our organization,” said Heather Corinna, Executive Director of Scarleteen. “As one of the pioneering sources of sex education for young people that’s not just about risks, but also about pleasure and the larger scope of sexuality, we’re delighted to be aligned with CatalystCon and the sex-positive community in our shared aim of understanding, framing, and celebrating sexuality in a positive, affirming way.”

The CatalystCon conference was created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. Throughout the course of CatalystCon East, more than 70 speakers from around the world will present 40 sessions on a wide array of topics, including: Los Angeles’ controversial Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in adult video production; sex-positive parenting; toxic toys; a humanistic perspective on male circumcision; the impact of religion and media on sexuality and body image; sexuality from a trans perspective; how to help educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include ANEROS, Sportsheets International, The Pleasure Chest, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, The FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten. For more information on the official sponsors, visit CatalystCon.com/Sponsors-East.

CatalystCon East will take place March 15-17 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is currently open at CatalystCon.com/Register. Full weekend tickets are sold out, but a limited amount of Saturday / Sunday tickets are still available.

Two Fundraisers for Scarleteen at CatalystCon East

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Feb 252013
 

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis has chosen Scarleteen as the recipient of two fundraisers to be held during the conference weekend.

ScarleteenRaffle2013FullPageAd-3Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and teens and understands the very important need to financially support Scarleteen, making it possible for them to continue the very important work they do.

Dee Dennis has donated two tickets to a future CatalystCon conference to be raffled off at CatalystCon East. The drawing will take place Sunday during the closing remarks but you need not be present to win! Tickets will be for sale all day at the CatalystCon Registration table for $5 each (or five for $20).

Artpulp

Also at CatalystCon East, will be a special “masquerade” art project fundraiser sponsored by Artpulp.net. Artpulp.net and CatalystCon embrace all creative individuals regardless of how they identify themselves, so for a $5 donation each participant will be given a mask and access to art supplies to create a mask that represents that identity. This identity could resemble the mask they feel necessary to where on a daily basis, the identity they feel the need to hide, or the identity of the creative and sexual force they have within. Every mask will be an effort to open the lines of communication about sexuality and freedom. All the finished masks created will be photographed at the conference and be viewable to everyone in an exclusive gallery on Artpulp.net/masks.

Each mask will cost a $5 donation, which also includes a coupon for a discounted raffle ticket. With your $5 donation with Artpulp.net, you will receive a “coupon” ticket that you can use  at the registration desk to purchase one raffle ticket for only $1 – normally $5. The drawing for two tickets to a future CatalystCon conference to will take place Sunday during the closing remarks.

Those who are not attending CatalystCon East can still support Scarleteen by visiting the donation page on their website.

ScarleteenLogoScarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

CatalystCon’s Dee Dennis Hops In Bed With jessica drake

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Feb 212013
 

On Feb. 26, CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis will be a guest on Playboy Radio’s In Bed with jessica drake. Hosted by famed adult star and sex educator jessica drake, the Sirius Radio show will profile Dennis and her upcoming sexuality conference, CatalystCon East. The interview begins at 2:30 p.m. PST on Sirius channel 102.

“I’m really excited to be a guest on jessica’s show,” Dennis said. “jessica is a catalyst for change, and her show gives a platform to spark the conversations around sexuality and acceptance that are so important today. I look forward to discussing the upcoming CatalystCon East with her.”

In addition to helping spread the word about CatalystCon through her show, jessica drake is one of the more than 70 featured speakers at the Washington, D.C., sexuality conference scheduled for March 15-17. drake is scheduled to participate as a panel member for the Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism, and Acceptance. She will also present alongside other speakers in sessions titled The Facts About Measure B, and How It Impacts Us All and Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities.

drake said, “CatalystCon is a really amazing event, and I’m honored to be a part of it for the second time. Dee Dennis created a unique environment for everyone to come together and share ideas on sexuality, education, and communication—something I think everyone from all walks of life can benefit from. I’m looking forward to having Dee on my show, and I know my listeners will appreciate hearing about her own personal ‘catalyst’ leading her to the forefront of modern day sex ed!”

In addition to drake’s sessions, CatalystCon East will focus on a wide array of topics, including, toxic toys; sexuality for senior citizens; the impact of religion and media on sexuality and body image; sexuality from a trans perspective; how to help educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

The list of sessions and discussion groups may be found at CatalystCon.com/Sessions-East. The complete list of speakers, with biographies, may be found at CatalystCon.com/Speakers-East.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include Aneros, The Pleasure Chest, Sportsheets International, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, The FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten. For more information on the official sponsors, visit CatalystCon.com/Sponsors-East.

For information on how your company can become a sponsor of CatalystCon or a program advertiser, visit CatalystCon.com/Sponsors-East/Sponsorship and CatalystCon.com/Sponsors-East/Advertising. The deadline is fast approaching.

CatalystCon East takes place at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. Registration is currently open at CatalystCon.com/Register; full weekend tickets are sold out, but a few Saturday/Sunday tickets are still available.

For more information about In Bed with jessica drake and other Playboy Radio shows, visit SiriusXM.com/playboyradio.

CatalystCon East Announces Saturday Evening Entertainment

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Feb 142013
 
Erotic Readings, Dirty Bingo, & CineKink Screenings
Set for D.C. Area Sexuality Conference, March 15-17!

 

The CatalystCon East sexuality conference is planning three featured entertainment events for Saturday night at the 3-day event. CatalystCon East will be held March 15-17 in D.C.-adjacent Arlington, Virginia.

“One of the goals of CatalystCon is for everyone to get to know each other and make new connections,” said founder Dee Dennis. “These evening events give CatalystCon participants the chance to interact socially and relax after a long day of intense conversations and sessions.”

The three entertainment events represent the moving image, the spoken word, and an audience participation game. Erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will host a special edition of her “In The Flesh” reading series, which features CatalystCon speakers presenting “stories to get you hot and bothered.” Scheduled speakers include Reid Mihalko, Joan Price, Carol Queen and Regie Cabico.

Sex educator and author Ducky DooLittle will host “Dirty Bingo” where participants can expect loads of laughs, story telling, and the opportunity to win fun and sexy prizes. CineKink, “the kinky film festival,” will present “A Taste of CineKink,” a specially selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide diversity of sexuality drawn from both the independent film world and the adult industry.

For more information, visit the CatalystCon East Entertainment page.

The CatalystCon conference has been created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. Throughout the course of CatalystCon East, over 70 speakers will present sessions and panel discussions on a wide array of topics, including: Los Angeles’ controversial Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in adult video production; slut shaming in sex-positive communities; toxic toys; sexuality for senior citizens; the impact of religion and media on sexuality and body image; sexuality from a trans perspective; how to help educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

Check out the full list of sessions and discussion groups here and complete list of speakers, with biographies here.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include ANEROS, The Pleasure Chest, Sportsheets International, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, The FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten. Find more information on the official sponsors here.

Get more information on how your company can become a sponsor of CatalystCon or a program advertiser – the deadline is fast approaching.

The inaugural CatalystCon in Long Beach, Calif. in September featured more than 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality-based topics. CatalystCon East takes place March 15-17 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is currently open at www.CatalystCon.com/Register but only a few tickets remain!

Dee Dennis Talks CatalystCon on ‘Sex Out Loud’ with Tristan Taormino

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Jan 242013
 

The Insightful Interview with CatalystCon’s Founder Airs Live at 8 pm EST, Friday, January 25 on VoiceAmerica™ Talk Radio Network

CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis will be a guest of the VoiceAmerica™ Radio Network program “Sex Out Loud” with host Tristan Taormino. The interview detailing CatalystCon East, the upcoming sexuality conference in Washington D.C. airs live at 8 pm EST on Friday, January 25.

For more information about the show and interview with Dee Dennis, visit www.voiceamerica.com .

“I’ve long admired Tristan for the work she has done and being a catalyst for many in the field of sexuality,” said Dennis. “I am honored to be a guest on Friday and look forward to spreading the word about the upcoming CatalystCon East.”

Taormino said, “I’m thrilled to have Dee on Sex Out Loud talking about CatalystCon East. CatalystCon is fast becoming the conference to be at for leaders in many different sexuality-related fields, from the adult industry to sex education. It promises to be an incredible event, and I cannot wait to have Dee share her insights on the state of sex in society with my listeners.”

“Sex Out Loud” is a proud sponsor of CatalystCon East, and Taormino will be speaking on the panels “Feminist Porn: The Politics of Presenting Pleasure” (with Constance Penley, Dylan Ryan, Sinnamon Love, and Mireille Miller-Young) and “The Facts About Measure B and How It Impacts Us All” (with jessica drake and Michael W. Fattorosi) on the controversial mandate of condom use in adult video production. She is also moderating the CatalystCon Opening Keynote Plenary Address, “Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance” featuring panelists Ducky Doolittle, Dr. Hernando Chavez, jessica drake, and Mireille Miller-Young.

Other sessions include a lesson on toxic toys; a discussion of sexuality for senior citizens; an explanation of California’s Proposition 35, which stigmatizes sex workers as “sex offenders” in an attempt to fight against human trafficking; an informative session on helping educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

The full list of sessions may be found here.

More than 70 speakers are scheduled to speak, including sex educators, experts, authors, academics, and activists, such as Joan Price, Carol Queen, Charlie Glickman, and Rachel Kramer Bussel, plus Swedish sexuality experts Suzann Larsdotter and Malinda Flodman, who will present a history of sex education in Sweden.

The complete list of speakers, with biographies, may be found here.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include ANEROS, The Pleasure Chest, Sportsheets International, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten.

Find more information on the sponsors here. Learn how you can become a sponsor of CatalystCon here.

CatalystCon East takes place March 15-17 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport. Registration is currently open.

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