March 2013


Live Coverage

CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk and treat sexuality. We want to make it easier for CatalystCon attendees (and those who are unable to attend in person) to continue those conversations online before, during and after the conference by using hashtag #ccon on Twitter and creating separate hashtags for each session, workshop, and keynote.

We have rounded up some of the best tweets using these hashtags and curated them on Storify to tell the story of CatalystCon East.

CatalystCon East – 2013 – Washington, DC 

General CatalystCon Coverage

CatalystCon – #ccon

Keynote Plenary Addresses

Opening – Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance
Closing – Afternoon Tea with Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence


The Burned-Out Sex Professional
Diagnosing the DSM
Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality
Entrepreneurial IQ: 10 keys to designing an unconventional career in sexuality
Ex-Gay No Way! Practically Maneuvering Through the Rhetoric of “Reparative Therapy”
The Facts About Measure B and How It Impacts Us All
Female Sexual Freedom & Web 2.0: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Feminism
Feminist Porn: The Politics of Producing Pleasure
The Fifty Shades Phenomenon and Its Effect on Our Social Sexual Behavior
Healing and the new Monogamy
The history of sex education in Sweden and the development of sex ed for Swedish queer women
How (and Why) to Be a Sex Positive Parent
How to Be an Ally to Sex Workers in Theory and Practice
How to Become a Successful Erotic Writer
Language Matters: How To Speak Sex-Positivity So That People Listen
Making Comprehensive Sex Education into Inclusive Sex Education
Male Circumcision: A Humanist Perspective on the Removal of Foreskin
Ok, Polyamory’s Been Outed! Now What Do We Do?
The Online Activist: Ready, Set, TWEET!
PRIDE & Prejudice: Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color
Relationship Models for the 21st Century
Sex and Sexuality from a Trans Perspective
Sex in the Media: From Pitch to Print; What Does Sex Really Sell?
Sex with Benefits: Progressive Swinging
Sex Work and Disability
The Silver Rainbow: Working with LGBT Seniors
Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities
Spiritual Sexuality: Ending the War Between Religion and Sex
Tales from the front line: Everything you wanted to know about “trafficking” but didn’t know whom to ask
Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex
Toxic Toys
What’s So Special About Sex?
What’s Your “Bi-Q”?
When To Give It Away and When To Charge For It: Knowing Your Worth, Assessing Others’, And How To Make Ends Meet As a Sex-Positive Professional
Why Talk About Sex And Disability Anyway?

Special Events and Entertainment

Sex Out Loud with Tristant Taormino – Live Recording
Girl Gasms Sex Education Workshop with Ducky Doolittle
Take It Like A Man with Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian
In the Flesh Reading Series
Dirty Bingo with Ducky Doolittle

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