CatalystCon, here we come!

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 Sponsor, 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: 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. –CQ


CatalystCon and Good Vibrations collaborate on sponsorship, content, education, and sex positive culture! Here are all our gigs at #ccon:

Thursday evening, Sept. 11 at 8pm, 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.



On Friday we’ll all be enjoying Catalyst, including the always-inspiring opening panel discussion (this year it features our friends Conner HabibCunningMinxLynn ComellaWinston Wilde, moderated by Mo Beasley.

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.

Also on the roster for Saturday:

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?

There’s more!

Sex Toys: Past, Present, and Future

Good Vibrations Purchasing Manager Coyote Days hosts and shares her expert knowledge on everything you should know about sex toys: discover the origins of the beloved vibrator and where technology is taking us!




Saturday Sept. 13th

#Carnalcopia Schedule of Guests Carol Queen and her partner Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence will answer Katie and Ashley’s questions!

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.



Shar Rednour will be taking to the microphone, too!

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.

These sessions mark the beginning of Shar’s partnership with CatalystCon to create a podcast library, recording biographies of today’s leaders in the field of sexuality. You don’t want to miss the sparks sure to fly between Shar and some of the most captivating, engaging personalities at CatalystCon–including Jackie Strano!


But wait! Saturday’s not quite over yet!: September 13, 2014 evening

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.

We’ll be staying busy on Catalyst’s closing day:

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.


Sunday, Sept. 14

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.

That’s not all…

Sunday September 14th Material Matters

Join Coyote Days once again as she delves into what is Body Safe, and what goes into making American adult’s favorite ‘toys.’


Last but not least!!

(L to R: Annie Sprinkle, Gloria Leonard, Veronica Vera, Candida Royalle, Veronica Hart). Photo courtesy Annie Sprinkle

(L to R: Annie Sprinkle, Gloria Leonard, Veronica Vera, Candida Royalle, Veronica Hart). Photo courtesy Annie Sprinkle

Afternoon Tea with Club 90:

Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love

Annie Sprinkle, Candida Royalle, Veronica Hart, Veronica Vera,

moderated by Jackie Strano

Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:00pm – 5:00pm


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!



Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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