Feb 012013
 
Photo by Gene Reed
Photo by Gene Reed

Photo by Gene Reed

Lady Cheeky is presenting Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality. Check out Lady Cheeky’s bio here.

How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?

I think anyone is a catalyst for change who actively pursues being a part of the discussion about how to change an outmoded ideal. Hopefully, this pursuit never ends but becomes more passionate with each endeavor.

Who or what was a catalyst for you?

My blogs. Being able to express myself, unexpurgated gave me the freedom to make significant changes in my life.

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?

Getting the meme out to the world that sexuality is as natural as breathing in a way that doesn’t seem preachy or “woo-woo” so that people from all walks of life can understand it.

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Nov 152012
 

I’m so proud and honored to be part of a rockstar panel of women discussing body image and sexuality. I will be on a panel along with these fine women, Cathy VartuliKelly Shibari, Heidi Anderson, and  N’Jaila Rhee in our session entitled:

Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality.

DESCRIPTION: Size and body image can have profound and sometimes debilitating effects on a person’s sexual self-esteem and self-expression. Internalized shame and feelings of inadequacy are often super-charged by the constant stream of external judgment, a barrage of media and marketing pressure (individuals are exposed to an estimated 300,000 negative images or comments about weight each year), and socially acceptable prejudice against those who don’t conform.  People of size can be left feeling like a different species, and when they speak up, are often silenced by people citing health issues or the latest diet trend. Plus-size youth are subjected to additional peer pressures that include not only size-shaming but also sex-based shaming.

Releasing the internalized shame and improving our body image can go a long way towards changing this pattern. When people accept themselves as they are, and learn to love themselves and their bodies, they can start making a difference in the world. Shame creates stresses which are hard on the body and on relationships with others, and can reduce mental focus and initiative.

In this panel, we’ll examine the effects of internal and external shame, share statistics and discuss approaches and techniques for reclaiming confidence and self-love, as well as dealing with negative pressure from both society and those closest to us.

Some of the speakers for CatalystCon East include: Francisco Ramirez, MPHTristan Taorminojessica drakeLidia AnainCharlie Glickman PhDSabrina MorganTizz WallDee DennisRachel Kramer BusselCarol QueenCunning MinxDr. Ava CadellDr. Hernando ChavesCooper BeckettDucky DoolittleReid Mihalko and so many more!

Please check out the CatalystCon website for more fantastic panels given by the best in sex-education and the sex industry. CatalystCon West in September was an inspiring and electric weekend and Catalyst Con East promises to be just as dynamic and stimulating! Hope to see you there!

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