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Good Vibrations Goes All Out at CatalystCon
Sex-Positive retailer is a proud Silver Sponsor for CatalystCon West
SAN FRANCISCO, September 10th, 2014: Good Vibrations' staff (and some of our partners) are hitting the road for an exciting trip to another CatalystCon!
Catalyst West happens in Los Angeles (at a well-appointed hotel near LAX) this weekend, and Carol Queen, Jackie Strano, Coyote Days and Andy Duran are packing their bags for a weekend of fun, public speaking, and major networking. As Silver Sponsors, Good Vibrations will be well-represented on panels and in special events–and this Catalyst has more special events than ever before! Go check them out to get an overview of the happenings, and don’t forget to scope out the list of great presenters: http://catalystcon.com/ Follow us on Twitter at @GoodVibesToys and see our tweets with the hashtag #ccon to get more detail on the interesting discussions generated by panels and presenters. To keep an eye on your Good Vibrations pals, also watch the hashtags below! There’s a lot going on, and even if you’re far from Southern California, you can stay connected to the conversation. –Carol Queen
CatalystCon and Good Vibrations collaborate on sponsorship, content, education, and sex positive culture! Here are all our gigs at #ccon:
Thursday evening, Sept. 11
Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist hosts the first annual CatalystCon Film Series (a benefit for Center of Sex & Culture–$20 ticketing via the Catalyst website or CASH at the door), featuring: UnSlut Project founder Emily Lindin’s movie Slut (#unslut, @UnSlutProject) and Kristin Beck, subject of the doc film Lady Valor (#LadyValor, @The LadyValor) that explores her military history as a former Navy Seal Team 6 member and transition from male to female. http://catalystcon.com/filmseries/.
Saturday, Sept. 13
Sex & Parenting: Sex Positive Parenting in a Sex Negative World
Dee Dennis, Jackie Strano, Mo Beasley, Shar Rednour
Good Vibrations’ Executive Vice President Jackie Strano and her wife Shar Rednour will share tools and real life wisdom to combat slut shaming and negative sexual stereotypes, and navigate the landmines of identity politics, consent matters, and sex negativity that permeates the media, pop culture, and everyday life. Attendees will enjoy some different perspectives that intersect and navigate class, race, adoption, orientation, gender, access, and disability.
Social Media and Feminist Ethics: #Activism and the Politics of Responsibility
Carol Queen, Lynn Comella, Raul Queue, Shira Tarrant
This promises to be a very thought-provoking panel on social engagement and responsibility regarding sex positivity, feminism, and activism. Why are online communities sometimes divided by controversy that can be driven by the way people communicate online and in social media?
Sex Toys: Past, Present, and Future
Coyote Amrich, Lynn Comella, Memo DeLaVega
Join us as we discuss the origins & evolution of the vibrator – from its beginnings as a medical device to its current position as a beloved pleasure product. Our panel will discuss how advancements in motors, materials, & technology has allowed vibrators to go from being a dirty little secret to an integral part of our sexual exploration & daily lives.
Carnalcopia: Featuring Dr. Carol Queen and her partner Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence
Katie Mack is a blogger and toy reviewer with a background in psychology and Ashley Manta is a seasoned sexuality educator and writer. Together they make up Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast on the Swingset network.
The Deeper Truth
Biographies from the Catalysts
Sponsored by Good Vibrations
Join the live audience as author, educator, performer, and radio personality Shar Rednour hosts a series of hot, uncensored discussions with some of sexuality’s most exceptional catalysts. These one-on-one talks will put ground-breaking thinkers, activists, educators and innovators in Shar’s sexy hot seat as they share their histories, their inspirations, and their plans for how we can all change the world. As an experienced interviewer and radio host, Shar will take her guests beyond current politics and sound bites to discover the deeper truths about how these inspiring figures became who they are today.
Off the Page: Sex Talk with Carol Queen and Friends
Join Carol Queen and some of Catalyst’s erotic writers, memoirists, essayists, and sex pundits for a night of conversation-sparking readings to remember. Readers/performers: Candida Royalle, Nina Hartley, Ernest Greene, Conner Habib, Sinclair Sexsmith, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Veronica Hart, Bobby Gordon and Ashley Manta.
Sunday, Sept. 14
Consent: To Make A Villager
Carol Queen, Robert Morgan Lawrence
CONSENT MATTERS! This riveting seminar will discuss one of the biggest trending current social issues from University campuses to NFL players to everyday people, with discussion about what consent IS and how to make sure we all value it.
Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality and a Sex-Negative Culture
Carol Queen, Emily Lindin, Hernando Chavez
In this session, we will look at the underlying dynamics associated with slut shaming, challenge the paradigms that support a slut shaming culture, and continue the much needed conversation towards challenging the assumption that those who think, feel or express their sexual identity should be targets of shame, guilt, violence, or inequality.
Coyote Amrich, Alicia Relles, Julie Stewart, Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence
Materials have often been talked about, debated, & discussed but many of these conversations have focused around the notion of ‘toxicity’ rather than actual information about these materials & why they are used. With decades of experience in the sex industry, our panel will discuss the history of how sex toys have been made, what materials have been used & what strides have been made in materials & manufacturing practices. We will discuss different products, some of the processes of manufacturing & how to be a more educated consumer, buyer, writer or sex educator.
Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love
Annie Sprinkle, Candida Royalle, Veronica Hart, Veronica Vera,
moderated by Jackie Strano
Five stars from the “Golden Age of Porn”, Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Veronica Vera and Annie Sprinkle were the original “Sex and the City” girls. Turning to one another for the support they needed to navigate their way through life in the world of blue movies, these dynamic women created “Club 90” in 1983, forming a bond that would continue for over thirty years. They went on to pursue their personal goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, gender, erotic expression, and free speech. Plus they each earned doctorates!
Come get a taste of the days when NYC was America’s sex film capital, movies were shot on 35mm film, making porn was cause for arrest, and Times Square was x-rated! A time before AIDS, Internet, social media and the ubiquitous smart phone. Most of all, come share the laughs, the drama and the intimate stories of this controversial support group and be inspired to start one of your own. Gloria Leonard passed away earlier this year; a chair will be on stage to represent her undying spirit and the love felt in the hearts of her remaining Club 90 sisters. This rare reunion promises to be candid, informative and electric!
About Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations is the San Francisco Bay Area based retailer trusted for more than three decades to provide a comfortable, safe environment for finding quality products, trusted information and educational materials to enhance one's sex life. Visit online at, goodvibes.com. Please follow us on Twitter @GoodVibesToys