For Immediate Release | jessica drake to Speak at CatalystCon West Sunday September 13th

LOS ANGELES, CA (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015) — Sexual wellness authority and acclaimed Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake is a featured speaker at CatalystCon West, taking place September 11-13 in Burbank, California. Ms. drake will join Dr. Carol Queen, Katie Mack and Zyra Lee Vanity on Sunday, September 13 for the panel “Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities (and Elsewhere).” She is also partnering with CatalystCon West to aid the Downtown Women's Center in addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles' Skid Row. Sunday's panel will examine the ways drake and the other panelists have witnessed, experienced, and dealt with slut-shaming based on their collective experiences in the sex worker, BDSM, swinger, poly and queer communities. "We all know slut-shaming is an issue outside of the sex-positive community, but what about when it happens among us?" asks the CatalystCon website in its description of the panel discussion. "Does 'sex positive' always mean acceptance of the sexual interests or identities of others? What happens when sex positive people bash or criticize the sexual proclivities of others while claiming to be supportive allies? By confronting this issue, we hope to find better ways to stimulate conversations among sex positive individuals and learn how our words and actions can have an impact on others who lack the understanding of our communities." CatalystCon West is being held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport (2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank CA) with the panel taking place in the Sunset Room Sunday September 13th from 9:30 am to 10:40 am. For more information, visit http://catalystcon.com. "I'm thrilled to have jessica returning to CatalystCon West this year," enthuses Dee Dennis, the founder of CatalystCon. "Her participation and support is always appreciated! And I'm honored to be partnering with her to support such an important cause as the Downtown Women's Center during CatalystCon." “I am really looking forward to participating in a great panel as well as receiving the input of Catalyst attendees,” adds Ms. drake. "I've supported the Downtown Women's Shelter for years now, and I'm really thrilled that Dee has invited the attendees of Catalyst to join in. Specifically, this is a drive for toiletries - perfect with the traveling so many of us do - and assorted feminine hygiene products. Any donations brought to Catalyst will be personally delivered to the center by me. I'm grateful to see people supporting such a great cause, and I thank Dee for allowing me the space to make this happen!" In addition to the materials mentioned by drake, people interested in donating clothing, household goods and other larger items may consult the center's wish list at http://www.downtownwomenscenter.org/our_wishlist. A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica is a highly sought-after sexual wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars, and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, jessica teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners. For more information about jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex titles, appearances and sex education seminars, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com. About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her "Guide to Wicked Sex" series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” the writer, producer, director, and host addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award, and “Plus Size” earned XBIZ’s 2015 Specialty Release of the Year and a 2015 Feminist Porn Award. For additional information on this acclaimed series and to get timely updates on Ms. drake’s activities in world of sexual wellness, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com. About CatalystCon: CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. The conference mission is to reach out and stimulate attendees to create important conversations within communities and change the discourse and acceptance of sexuality within society. These conversations are intended to stimulate the activist within us all and spark transformation and growth for all adults and children in one of the humanity’s most important aspects; sexuality. Founder/Creator Dee Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, sex therapists, writers, activists, sex researchers, those in the adult industry, and anyone with a passion for creating change. Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change. This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon. About Downtown Women’s Shelter: Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Shelter is celebrating 37 years of compassionate service in Southern California. The DWC is the only organization of its kind in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness on Skid Row. Keywords: jessica drake, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, Wicked Pictures, instructional, educational, sex ed, GuideToWickedSex.com, Guide2WickedSex, sex education, DVD, video, CatalystCon, Slut Shaming, Downtown Women’s Shelter, sex, confidence, awards, pleasure, empowerment # # #