September 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 West.


CatalystCon West – 2013 – Woodland Hills, CA

General CatalystCon Coverage

CatalystCon West Day One
CatalystCon West Day Two
CatalystCon West Day Three

Pre-Con Workshops and Events

Go West and Get Wet: The Wet Factory Tour
Sex Educator Boot Camp with Tristan Taormino – I and II

Keynote Plenary Addresses

Opening – Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance
Closing – Afternoon Tea with Dr. Joycelyn Elders


The “Ass Panel”: The Ins and Outs of Anal Pleasure
Building a Career Talking About Sex
But Wait, There’s More! Exploring the Intersection of Race, Class, Ability and Sexuality and Desire
Cancer is My Wingman
Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality
Feminist Porn 101: What it is, What it isn’t, and Why it matters
The Feminist Sex Wars and Beyond: “Sisterhood” and Sex
The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex and Aging
From Slow Sex to Porna – A 21st Century Sexual Revolution in the Lowlands
How to be a Sex Positive Educator (When You Still Love Your Day Job)
Infamous! A Celebration of Sex Workers Who Changed the World
Introduction to The Anatomy of Erotic Sensation
Language Matters: How to Speak Sex-Positivity So That People Listen
Learning From Polyamory’s Experiences With The Media
Lesbo Retro: A Dyke Porn Retrospective
Male Circumcision: A Humanist Perspective on the Removal of Foreskin
Managing Your Message: Can You Really Control What Gets Published?
The Mindset of a Mistress
Moral Panic
Organizing is Sexy
Own Worst Enemy: Why Progressives and Sex-Positive Activists Struggle to Change People’s Minds
Parenting, Sex and Media
Political Organizing in the Sex Positive Community
Sex Down Under: Lessons From Studying and Teaching in Australia
Sex Positive Therapy with Sexual Minorities
Sex Talk with Gender Creative Youth
Sex with Benefits: Progressive Swinging
Sexual Taboos In Christian and Conservative Relationships
Talkin’ About a Revolution: Partnership Between Sex Educators and Adult Retailers
Talking the Sex-Positive Walk
Teaching Sex on Campus
Top 10 Myths About Business (and the Truth)
Torture Porn: Why the Trafficking Narrative is Seducing American Media
Toxic Toys: Beyond Phthalates
What is ‘Normal’? An Exploration of Sexual Behavior, Diversity, and Judgment
What is Sex-Positivity?
Will Write for Dildos: How and Why Companies and Reviewers Should Work Together
Your Sex isn’t Better than Mine (and Other Judgments to Do Away With)

Special Events and Entertainment

Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino
The Politics of Producing Pleasure: Feminist Porn in Industry and Academe
CatalystCon Game Night
Bawdy Storytelling


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