CatalystCon 2014, Day 1: Change is gonna come

CatalystCon 2014, Day 1: Change is gonna come

It seems appropriate that the first post I write here should be about attending CatalystCon for the first time, because I am a catalyst, and I am also ready to be catalyzed in just the way that a conference full of sex nerds and activists and educators and artists can do. About being a catalyst: I have this thing where I feel like I should come with a warning label, one that says “Interaction with this product may cause unexpected results”. Time and time again, I’ve connected with a person or a group immediately before they undergo some kind of massive change, for better or worse, and in the past I often found myself in the position of midwife trying (often blindly and clumsily) to support them through it. I don’t delude myself that I *caused* the change; it’s more like I’m a harbinger. Like, “Oh, shit, the Diva card just showed up in your reading, that means your eggs about to get scrambled, son.” But here I am at a conference for people who like their sex nerdy, and I’m looking the whisk in the face right at this moment. I came here because my spirit animal and frequent partner in troublemaking, Del Tashlin, wrote to me and said, “I’m on the keynote for this and you’d love this event and we haven’t had an adventure together in a while so I hope you’ll do this with me,” and I took one look at it and said YUP. This is the first time in years that I’ve had the free time and resources to check out something new...