jessica drake Reflects on Whirlwind Start to 2014

Adult Entertainment’s Busiest Star Expertly Juggles Reality Show, Sex Education Films, College Appearances, Feature Films, Media Profiles, & More!

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2014) – Acclaimed sexual wellness authority, sex educator, and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake has had a whirlwind start to 2014, with many more exciting projects on the horizon. In addition to performing, drake still finds times to educate couples on sex, speak to media, appear at colleges, direct, and more, all while preparing for the release of her upcoming reality show, Love, Jessica.

“What a year 2014 has been, and it’s only April!” says drake. “All my work over the past several years as a performer, director, and educator are culminating at the same time in so many different facets. I welcome the opportunity to bring more attention to topics like the adult entertainment industry and the need for sex education reform.”

drake hit the ground running in 2014, when a CNN.com feature on her was selected as the “most popular photo blog of 2013” immediately after the New Year. In the photo blog, drake discussed LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also took a peek into her private life.

Her acclaimed educational series, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, continued to garner industry praise, as jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men was named Best Educational Release at this year’s 2014 AVN Awards. Returning to Los Angeles, drake then announced she would be collaborating with award-winning BBW performer and size acceptance advocate Kelly Shibari on the first-ever educational DVD on plus size sexuality, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size Sex. Mainstream and adult media outlets alike, including Cosmopolitan, were invited onto the set of the groundbreaking project; the film will be released later this year. drake is also currently in post-production on two additional educational films for 2014: jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: The Art of Striptease and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Legends.

Ever the educator, drake was invited to present several “modern sex” seminars around the country. In addition to workshops at Cirillas stores in Ohio, drake spoke with students at University of Chicago’s Sex Week, where she shared her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modern sex education. Her second presentation at U-Chicago was titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” which she presented with anti-piracy expert Nate Glass. The seminar was profiled by multiple media sites, including tech site BetaBeat, and the duo was invited to speak to students at USC’s Film School on April 30. drake also attended UCLA for a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body.

In addition to speaking with students, drake participated on several panels within the sex educator and adult entertainment community. She spoke alongside Dr. Carol Queen on the panel “Real vs Reel Sex” at CatalystCon East, where she discussed the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. In Toronto, drake was a featured speaker at The Feminist Porn Conference, as part of the panel, “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Sharing her experience in the adult industry both as a performer and a producer/director with ‘mainstream’ heterosexual company Wicked Pictures, drake discussed how the concept of ethics and feminist tropes play within her work, and challenged the notions of ‘mainstream’ adult entertainment companies and their place within the feminist porn tableau.

Mainstream media sought jessica drake’s expertise on a variety of topics; she let readers into sex and relationship secrets for men’s pop culture and trendsetter site CraveOnline. She also offered her insight into personal privacy, in the wake of Duke University student Belle Knox’s public backlash, for the Huffington Post.

A three-time winner of AVN’s coveted Best Actress award, drake essayed the role of the Evil Queen earlier this year in Axel Braun’s Snow White XXX: A Hardcore Parody, opposite Riley Steele. The debut release in the new Wicked Fairy Tales line, this two-disc DVD release goes on sale nationwide April 23, 2014.

Ms. drake is currently in the midst of shooting her second big budget project of the year, the New York-based relationship drama Aftermath. Directed by her longtime collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Brad Armstrong, the intimate character study casts drake opposite rising star Tyler Nixon in a compelling May-December romance rife with hidden secrets. drake’s latest collaboration with real-life partner Armstrong caught the eye of Cosmopolitan yet again, resulting in an in-depth interview on costume and wardrobe design for adult films.

Capturing the behind-the-scenes portions of drake’s busy schedule are the cameras of Love, Jessica, a new reality show documenting jessica’s life. The docu-series will premiere on Canada’s The Movie Network, Sunday, May 11 and Movie Central in Fall 2014, while after a successful debut at MIPTV, deals are in the works to bring the show to all major markets around the world. Season One is comprised of 10 30-minute episodes.

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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,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake 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. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.

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jessica drake to Speak at CatalystCon East, Saturday, March 15

‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator & Sex Educator Discusses ‘Real Sex Versus Reel Sex’ Alongside Cultural Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen!

MARCH 5, 2014 – Arlington, VA — Sexual wellness authority, sex educator and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake is a featured speaker at CatalystCon East, held March 14 – 16 in Arlington, VA. drake will speak alongside Dr. Carol Queen on Saturday, March 15, on the panel, “Real vs Reel Sex.” The popular guest speaker will share her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modernized sex education.

“In the absence of clear and pleasure-focused sex education… is sex as portrayed in adult movies really as fake as it’s often described?” asks the CatalystCon site in its description of the panel discussion. “‘Real’ people just don’t do those freaky things – or do they? A screen sex professional and a sexologist with more than a passing interest in porn discuss sex in the movies: the difference between on- and off-camera sex in porn and mainstream cinema, the growing ‘porn made for women’ genre, the rise of the anti-porn explicit movie, and much more.”

Held at Hilton Crystal City at Reagan Airport, drake and Queen’s conversation will take place in the Madison Room from 10:30am – 11:40am. For more information on CatalystCon East, visit http://catalystcon.com. Additional information can be found on the conference’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with the amazing Dr. Carol Queen about the adult industry and it’s relationship with the general public, specifically in the realm of Sex Ed.,” says drake.

“I’ve had the privilege of both directing and starring in adult feature movies, plus producing and directing my line of instructional movies, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” adds drake. “Those experiences, along with the workshops and college campus chats I’ve been invited to, have provided me first-hand access to the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. I am really looking forward to a great panel both with Dr. Queen and with the input of Catalyst attendees.”

drake will also be interviewed while at CatalystCon on the WhoreCast podcast, hosted by multifaceted sex worker Siouxsie Q. “The WhoreCast is all about showcasing stories, art, and voices of American sex workers, so we are just ecstatic to have jessica drake in our studio at CatalystCon,” says Siouxsie Q. “It’s a unique opportunity for me to do an interview in front of a live audience, which always adds an element of magic. It’s so important to have mainstream stars like jessica as part of the WhoreCast mission, as we fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Whore. I can’t wait to have her on the show!”

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake 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 seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com.

To download a promotional photo of jessica drake, click here.

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,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake 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. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.

About CatalystCon:
CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity. Founder/Creator Dee Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, 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. For more information, visit http://catalystcon.com.

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Sparking Conversations on Sexuality at CatalystCon East

This weekend I returned to CatalystCon for the second time – this one took place in Washington D.C./Arlington, VA. From the first evening reception to the closing keynote speech, delivered by Robert Lawrence and Carol Queen, everything was just as amazing as it was last year – maybe even more so now that I have come to know what to expect.

The conference began with a lively warm-up and social lubrication by Maria Falzone and shortly afterward, it was time for the opening keynote plenary, moderated by Tristan Taormino. I was one of the speakers, along with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, Dr. Hernando Chaves, and Ducky Dolittle. Tristan came up with some interesting questions to get us started, and we spoke of what inspired us, the recent things we have done exemplifying our missions and commitment to change, and so much more. After we spoke, we took questions and comments from the audience, and we could tell everyone was motivated and ready for the next two days.

How can I possibly describe what came afterward? If I condensed my explanation, I’d say two days of brain-stimulating conversations, panels, introductions, and non-stop communication between sex-positive people from many walks of life. I attended panels on Sex Workers and Disability, Sex from the Trans Perspective, Polyamory, and Feminist Porn… and soaked it all in. I tried to go to completely different panels than I did at CatalystCon West, to get myself out of my familiar zone, and instead into realms where I don’t have much experience. Feminist Porn was the most crowded panel I attended, and I spent the entire time crouched down on the floor in the back of the room, shoulder to shoulder with everyone else. The aisles were full as we listened in awe to Constance Penley, Tristan Taormino, Dylan Ryan, and Sinnamon Love. Having just finished the Feminist Porn Book on the flight from LAX to DC, I was excited to hear more from these women. They did NOT disappoint. Each discussed their contributions to the book followed by an intense Q and A session lasting until the next panel came into the room.

I spoke on other panels as well – one on Measure B where I discussed the reality of the “condoms in porn” law with Tristan Taormino and Michael Fatterosi. Originally, when I was pitched the notion of this panel, I didn’t think that people would still be so concerned, or even consider it relevant. I was wrong. The audience intuitively understands it is much more than latex on film, it is a violation of our sexual rights as human beings and could echo repercussions far into the future, and far into our bedrooms.

The other panel I spoke on was Slut Shaming in a Sex Positive Community. Initially, we wondered about the interest in this topic, which isn’t frequently discussed, but it was nearly as packed as the Feminist Porn Panel.  In my background I have experienced Slut Shaming over the years in different degrees, but to hear it from everyone on the panel: Serpent, Femcar, Carol Queen, and Crysta Heart was comforting and reassuring. We opened up the discussion to audience questions and comments, and in that instant, started something that could have gone on for hours. We provoked thoughts; we started open dialogue; we may have even inadvertently started a disagreement/fight. I think it is a panel that must be repeated.

And the evening entertainment!
I went to Girl Gasms by Ducky Doolittle – Take it Like a Man with Charlie Glickman, and then surrendered my “Dirty Bingo” Virginity to Ducky loving every second up until the time I went to bed, knowing I had panels the next day.

I was also a guest on Tristan Taormino’s radio show, “Sex Out Loud,” and had an amazing conversation with one of my all-time inspirations. We also had a studio audience as we recorded, something I’m not used to with my show, but I actually really enjoyed. It was agreed we needed a part two to our discussion, and she may be on my show in the future.

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting #ccon trending on Twitter. Not only did CatalystCon have a hash tag, but each panel had an individual hash tag as well, so people who were unable to make the trip were still able to take part by following along as some of the panels were being live-tweeted by the audiences.

Again, I’m so honored to have been included in CatalystCon East, and even more honored to be included in such an amazing group of people onstage for the opening keynote speech. My sincere thanks goes out to the founder and organizer Dee Dennis, who took a risk having me appear last year, but did it anyway, and also to the notorious Girl Gang & The Evil Sluts who, along with Dee, are truly the glue collectively helping hold CatalystCon together. They also owe me some Nutella.

xo,
jd

Sex Educator jessica drake to Address Students at Pasadena City College

Despite Administrative Controversy, PCC’s ‘Navigating Pornography’ Class Continues with Guest Lectures! 

MARCH 13, 2013 — PASADENA, Calif – On March 20, sexual wellness authority and sex educator jessica drake will lecture at Pasadena City College as part of Dr. Hugo Schwyzer’s “Navigating Pornography” class. This follows the recent appearance by crossover star James Deen at the same class, which attracted attention nationwide.

“I’m so excited to welcome jessica drake to Pasadena City College. Jessica isn’t just an industry superstar, she’s a veteran activist and an articulate and important advocate for pleasure, for common sense, and an end to sexual shame,” Dr. Schwyzer said. “On screen and off, she’s an incandescent personality and, I have to believe, a tremendous role model for my students. I’m so glad that they’ll have an opportunity to hear from her.”

Deen’s appearance caused an uproar on and off campus, as Pasadena City College restricted admittance to the class to enrolled students and invited press only and the debate as to the suitability of a college seminar inviting a porn star — even to a class titled “Navigating Pornography” — filled newspapers and airwaves nationwide.

Recently, drake was a guest lecturer at Chapman University at the Psychology 340: Human Sexuality class taught by Assistant Professor David Frederick for the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences. drake addressed the class’ 36 undergraduate students.

“jessica drake was an exceptional speaker. She not only shared her views on the pornography industry, but more broadly spoke to students about sexual health,” Dr. Frederick said. “She communicated to students ways of learning to become comfortable with one’s own body and learning how to communicate their desires to their partners. She emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting one’s own limits when it comes to sex, and accepting that different people have very different preferences.

“jessica was a true pleasure to have in class, and the students learned a great deal from her presentation. I would highly recommend her as a speaker for any class related to media issues, gender, or sexuality.”

To read jessica drake’s recap of her visit to Chapman University, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com/2013/03/08/a-recap-of-my-appearance-at-chapman-university/.

To help advance her sex education agenda, drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has received positive reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal” received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year and “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the AVN Award for Best Educational Release in 2012.

“‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ resulted from my appearances at adult stores,” drake said. “As more women came to meet me, they became more comfortable with asking questions about sex and sexuality. I realized there was a real interest in straightforward information about sex. Speaking at universities gives me a great opportunity to have an intelligent conversation with students, share my experiences, and let them draw their own conclusions.”

The “Navigating Pornography” course is part of Dr. Schwyzer’s academic interest in history and gender studies. He has taught at Pasadena City College since 1993, in courses that have dealt with women’s history, men and masculinity, and gay and lesbian history. In the late 1990s, he developed the college’s first interdisciplinary course focusing on “Beauty and the Body,” which is still offered at the college and focuses on the historical roots of contemporary eating disorders and distorted body image.

Scheduled for March 20 at 1:30 pm, jessica drake’s lecture at Dr. Schwyzer’s Navigating Pornography course is open to enrolled students and invited media only.

drake will also appear at sexuality conference CatalystCon East, March 15-17 in Arlington, Virginia where she will host sessions on Measure B and slut shaming, as well as speak at the Opening Keynote Plenary Address. For more information, visit www.CatalystCon.com.

For more information about jessica drake’s appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com/seminars/.

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The CatalystCon Opening Keynote Plenary Address

I’m about to fly to Washington DC in a couple of days for Catalyst Con East, where in addition to speaking in several sessions previously detailed, I’ll be on the panel for the CatalystCon Opening Keynote Plenary Address the night of Friday, March 15.

The panel will be moderated by the lovely Tristan Taormino (whose radio show I will be a guest on during the weekend).  My fellow panelists include Ducky Doolittle, Dr. Hernando Chaves, and Mireille Miller-Young.  I greatly admire each of the people I’m speaking with for their contributions towards modern sex education.

The Keynote is going to kickoff the convention and set the tone for the entire weekend.  We’ll cover an array of topics including battles over sex education, reproductive rights, gay marriage, obscenity, and pornography, and how each one plays a role in politics and society.  Of course each topic will be covered in more details during CatalystCon’s over 40 sessions.

For more information about CatalystCon East, visit the website at www.CatalystCon.com.  I’m sure I’ll be tweeting about all the informative sessions and amazing speakers throughout the three days, so check out @thejessicadrake.  I’m also looking forward to posting a recap of the convention when I’m back home in LA.

xo,
jd

Slut Shaming Discussion at CatalystCon East

As I previously mentioned, I will be participating in the inaugural CatalystCon East sexuality conference in Washington D.C., March 15-17.

One of the sessions I will be presenting is titled, Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities.  I’ll be speaking alongside 4 amazing women: Carol Queen, Femcar, Serpent Libertine, and Crysta Heart.

Here’s a description of the session from CatalystCon’s website (www.CatalystCon.com):

Does “sex positive” always mean acceptance of the sexual appetites of others or other communities we’re not involved in? Why is it acceptable for sex-positive individuals to bash or criticize the sexual proclivities of others while claiming to be supportive allies? Based on our collective experiences within the sex worker, BDSM, swinger, poly, and queer communities, our panel will lead a discussion that examines some of the ways we’ve witnessed slut-shaming from those we’ve expected it least. Additionally, we’ll discuss why initiating conversations about these incidents can be even more challenging than speaking with folks in the vanilla world. 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 understanding of our communities.

I believe this is an extremely important issue to discuss, and I am looking forward to the conversations it helps inspire.

xo,
jd

jessica drake Leads Sex Education Seminars in Phoenix, AZ

The Popular Sex Educator to Appear at Fascinations Stores, February 7-9 

February 6, 2013 — PHOENIX, AZ — Sexual wellness authority jessica drake will appear at Fascinations stores in the Greater Phoenix area, February 7-9 to lead 3 sex education seminars. On Feb. 7, drake will be at the Fascinations store in Tolleson with a presentation titled “Anal 101;” on Feb. 8, she will be in Tempe with “Go Solo – An Adventure in Female Masturbation;” and on Feb. 9, the topic will be “Fellatio – The ABCs of BJs” in Scottsdale.

Each presentation will start with an audience-driven discussion and conclude with an open Q-and-A session. For complete details including times and store locations, and to RSVP, visit the Fascinations events web page at http://www.YourFascinations.com/events.

“We’re actually pretty thrilled about it. I know a lot of people in the corporate office are really excited, and when a lot of our employees found out about it they were excited as well,” Fascinations Tempe assistant manager Danni said. “Definitely an exciting event coming up. Everybody’s looking forward to it.”

“The ‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ series started with appearances at stores,” drake said. “As more women came to signings and personal appearances, they became more comfortable with asking me questions about sex and sexuality. I realized there was a real interest in straightforward information about sex.

“I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn from the men and women of Arizona,” she added.

drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has received positive reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal’ received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year and “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the AVN Award for Best Educational Release in 2012.

drake is scheduled to appear at sexuality conference CatalystCon East, March 15-17 where she will host sessions on Measure B and slut shaming, as well as speak at the Opening Keynote Plenary Address. For more information, visit www.CatalystCon.com.

For more information about jessica drake’s appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com/seminars/.

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Speaking at CatalystCon East in Washington D.C.

I’m excited to say CatalystCon East is only 5 weeks away!

Back in September 2012, I was on a panel for Catalyst Con West (www.CatalystCon.com), a conference devoted to “inspiring exceptional conversations about sexuality.”  As I wrote about here, I had an amazing time meeting and speaking with many of my idols in the field of sexuality.  The conference helped me grow as an educator and a woman.

I’m pleased to announce I will be participating in the inaugural CatalystCon East in the Washington D.C. area, March 15-17.  I am extremely honored to participate as a panel member for the Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism, and Acceptance.  I will also present at sessions titled The Facts About Measure B, and How It Impacts Us All and Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities.

As we get closer to the conference, I’ll write posts about the various sessions I’m speaking at and let you know what sessions I’m most eager to attend.  If you live anywhere near Washington D.C. or are able to travel, I urge you to look into attending CatalystCon East.

xo,

jd

‘jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex’ Gets High Grades with 4 AVN Awards Nominations

‘Female Masturbation,’ ‘G-Spot,’ & ‘Threesomes’ Earn Educational-Release Nods

DECEMBER 17, 2012 — CANOGA PARK, Calif — The acclaimed educational series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” is nominated for four 2013 AVN Awards with “Female Masturbation,” “The G-Spot and Female Ejaculation,” and “Threesomes — Every Man’s Fantasy” all nominated for Best Educational Release. The series is written and directed by Wicked Pictures contract star jessica drake, who is up for Director of the Year (Body of Work).

“I am SO excited about my ‘Guide to Wicked Sex Series’ being nominated for the AVN Awards,’ says jessica drake. “In its second year of existence, to be nominated once again amongst some truly gifted visionaries feels like such an accomplishment. This is also my first year to be recognized as a contender for Best Director Body of Work based on my instructional movies alone. I sincerely thank AVN for the honor, and I thank Wicked for always encouraging me to push myself a little further.”

“The ‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ is a very important line to the company,” Wicked Pictures owner Steve Orenstein states. “It represents our commitment to responsible sexuality. We’re proud jessica created it, and equally as proud to have her represent us with it.”

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake writes, produces, and directs the video series “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” The series continues to receive excellent reviews from adult industry authorities, while “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release.

In addition to creating this exclusive line of educational DVDs, jessica assists men and women in becoming more sexually aware with Sex for the Wicked Woman, a series of powerful and engaging self-help seminars illuminated by her vast expertise and passion for research.

drake’s speaking seminar experience includes sexuality conference CatalystCon. Event organizer Dee Dennis expresses her congratulations for drake: “I think jessica represents a new direction by bringing together both the porn industry and sex education with ‘Guide to Wicked Sex.’ I’m thrilled to see the industry recognize it with these nominations.”

The AVN Awards will be held January 19, 2013 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information, visit AVNAwards.com.

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Speaking at CatalystCon

I sat in my chair listening to the introductions, one by one: Carol Queen. Dr. Robert Lawrence. Ava Mir-Ausziehen, Sex Nerd Sandra Daugherty. They are some very prolific names in the field of Sex Education – authors, doctors, pioneers…and me.

 

I was introduced by Carol Queen, no less, as a Sex Educator on a panel entitled “Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, Into the Streets.”

 

This weekend I had the privilege of attending CatalystCon (www.CatalystCon.com), a sex-positive conference in Long Beach. An event created and organized by Dee Dennis, of deedennis.com, it is described as a “safe, non-judgmental space where we can all come together and expand both our knowledge and understanding of the issues that influence sexuality today,” but for me, it was so much more.

 

The first night of the conference opened with a very unique “Social Lubrication” hosted by Reid Mihalko that had everyone up out of their seats, running around the room spouting random sex facts to total strangers. That gave way to “Sex Rules” with Maria Falzone, who warmed us up with her hysterical humor, only to leave us deep in thought with a very powerful message. The evening culminated with the Opening Keynote Plenary featuring Dr. Marty Klein (who was kind enough not to notice me trembling as I shook his hand), Megan Andelloux, Maggie Mayhem, and Francisco Ramirez. They spoke on Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism, and Acceptance, and by the time they were done, everyone in the room was radiating their excitement.

 

In just three short days, I met some amazing people from many different walks of Sex Ed. People whose books I have read, names I have heard, and classes I have attended. People I had only dreamed of meeting were all under one roof! Not only did I get to speak on a panel, I also got to sit in on as many as I could, and I really wish I could have cloned myself to attend a few more.

 

I attended “Media Risks: Who Wins?”, Feminist Perspectives on “50 Shades of Grey,” “Teaching Porn, How to be an Ally to Sex Workers,” “A New Monogamy,” “Fat Sex Works,” “Women in the Industry,” and “A Conversation with Anti-Establishment Sex Workers.” My brain was tingling with all of this stimulation. It was three straight days of BRAIN SEX.

 

On Saturday night, we were also treated to the premiere of a documentary called “How to Lose Your Virginity” by Therese Shechter followed by either Dirty Bingo or Bawdy Storytelling. I chose the latter, and was treated to a host of ridiculously entertaining stories by some of the speakers, and though it was very close, I dare say that Megan Andelloux took the cake with her “Pennies” story. I would give you the juicy details, but my words would never suffice. Couple that with the fact I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair, and it would be tough for you to get the full effect. Trust me, it was brilliant.

 

Speaking on my panel was amazing. To have people listening to me, valuing what i had to say – both because AND despite who I am, was a great experience for me as a Sex Educator. Perhaps I’ll expand on that in another blog, but for now I am simply grateful to have had the experience of CatalystCon, and would love to thank all of the attendees, Wicked Pictures, Wicked Sensual, Adella from Fine Ass Marketing, and most of all, Dee Dennis. I can’t wait for CatalystCon East.

 

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