Sherri L. Shaulis is presenting Managing Your Message: Can You Really Control What Gets Published?. Check out Sherri’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I like to think I am an approachable person. I think it has something to do with being a middle-aged fat white woman who grew up in the Midwest. People seem to listen to me, which makes it easier to get positive messages about sex and sexuality out there to some who might not otherwise listen or pay attention.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
My catalyst was the chance to work at AVN. I have long known of the publication, but now, being on the inside, I am aware of materials and manufacturing processes for pleasure products, and I can impart that knowledge to everyone I meet.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Honestly I think the biggest concern is the government overstepping its boundaries and trying to have a say in how women and men control their bodies and what they do in the bedroom. I look at places like Texas and Virginia and think, “This is where we are in 2013? Really?”
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
I think awareness of what’s going on in other parts of the country has been a big change this year. When Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis made her stand for women with her filibuster, people from all over the world were watching, and held the Republicans accountable when they tried to doctor the time stamp. Hopefully it sent a message that women want the male politicians to stop making decisions about their bodies for them.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Managing Your Message: Can You Really Control What Gets Published?, to CatalystCon West?
Most people have a negative image of “the media” for one reason or another. And while mainstream publications are fascinated by anything sex related, many want to get out a certain story rather than listen to the story being told. This panel will help people learn to use the media to their advantage.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself:
Before joining AVN, I spent almost 20 years as a newspaper reporter, designer and editor. Many of those years were spent on the cops and courts beat in cities and towns all over the country. I think partly because of that I developed an unusual interest and fascination with serial killers. I know more than any person should about them. It freaks some people out, lol.