jessica drake, Tasha Reign to Speak at V-Day Event at UCLA February 18

Adult Stars, Positive Sexuality Advocates to Address UCLA Students on ‘Porn, Prostitution, & Censorship’ Panel!

February 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Wicked Pictures contract star, sexual wellness authority, and sex educator jessica drake, and Reign Productions owner/producer and adult star Tasha Reign, are scheduled to be featured guest speakers at UCLA. The panel, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” will be held in Moore 100 hall, on Tuesday, February 18, from 7pm – 10pm.

drake and Reign were invited to be discussants on an academic panel presented by the Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA) in honor of Eve Ensler’s V-Day Organization. Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” is an annual presentation on the UCLA campus, and includes additional dialogue between students, educators, and media luminaries to discuss women’s issues.

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“We are extremely thrilled to have Tasha Reign and jessica drake on board for our Panel,” says Alec Moore, who is coordinating the event. “As a sex industry insider, and a Bruin, Tasha can provide us a unique perspective from her own epistemological standpoint, lending us her valuable insight into the politics of sexual representation.”

Tasha Reign is one of UCLA’s most renowned students, as documented by her school paper, The Daily Bruin. “I’m extremely thrilled SANAA has invited me to speak on this panel,” says Tasha. “As a UCLA women’s studies major, and a performer, producer, and director in the adult industry, I feel I can provide a unique view for students curious about how current media views of strong female sexuality can empower women. I’m looking forward to speaking with everyone attending the discussion and hearing all sides about this very important topic.”

Reign is a dynamic and multi-dimensional Penthouse Pet, adult performer, director, and feature dancer, who pens regular columns on sex for OC Weekly and BroBible.com. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life.

“jessica will also add great insight through her experiences as an adult actress, philanthropist, and sex educator,” continues Moore.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with students on UCLA’s campus,” says jessica drake. “I absolutely love when I can speak with people, especially students, about the adult industry, its relationship with media and the general public, and how it can empower women in the new millennium. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at UCLA and discussing how we can all grow into strong, self-aware women.”

jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual health and 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.

Joining Reign and drake will be Jennifer Moorman and Dr. Christopher Mott. Moorman is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. Her dissertation, Women on Top: The Work of Female Pornographers and (S)experimental Filmmakers, examines the gender politics of the adult video industry and associated marginal and experimental film production cultures, with a focus on the contributions and experiences of women filmmakers. Dr. Mott is a Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, currently teaching a seminar entitled, “Pornography and the Politics of Sexual Representation.”

“Every year during February at UCLA, we strike up a movement on our campus to celebrate women, take a stand against gender violence, and change our culture’s taboo against discussing sexuality,” says Kausar Mohammed, SANAA’s V-Day Executive Producer. “Having Tasha and jessica speak on our panel allows us to discuss the effect of the porn industry on the everyday woman. Does it empower? Or does it objectify?”

“The discussion surrounding the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body have long divided feminist theorists and activists,” continues Mohammed. “Through this panel, we hope to foster a dialogue about feminism and the porn industry, and are eagerly anticipating Tasha and jessica’s participation on February 18.”

“(The porn panel) brings a more academic flavor to V-Day because we get to engage UCLA faculty in the movement with discussions like this,” adds Moore, who is a third-year art history and gender studies student and producer of SANAA’s “The Vagina Monologues,” in a Daily Bruin article. “Sex work is such a poignant and vilified facet of feminist theory, and it divides a lot of theorists as to who it empowers.”

Many events held during the SANAA V-Day campaign, including the “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment” panel, are free to attend, while admission to the production of “The Vagina Monologues” later in the week is on a donation-only basis. The proceeds will be given to two beneficiaries this year. Both organizations, A Window between Worlds and Peace over Violence, advocate for survivors of domestic violence. For more information on SANAA, visit http://mysanaa.webs.com/ or follow the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VDayUCLA.

About Tasha Reign:
Tasha Reign is the most dynamic and multi-dimensional new star in entertainment. Long before becoming sexually empowered through adult movies, Tasha found herself in front of the camera on the third season of MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” Realizing her love for the spotlight, Tasha began dancing regularly at gentlemen’s clubs, while pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA. The 5’5” SoCal beauty was featured in Playboy 2010’s “Girls of the Pac-10” and named May 2011 Penthouse Pet of the Month. A desire to further explore her sexuality led Tasha to adult films, where she is one of the most sought-after rising stars, appearing in movies for the top studios. Tasha’s acclaimed performances were recognized with a 2012 Best New Starlet nomination at the XBIZ Awards, where she also served as a Trophy Girl. Noting her rising celebrity status and unique views on music, Rock Confidential magazine made Tasha a weekly reviewer – porn, rock, and Tasha Reign are a platinum combination. Tasha also pens regular columns for OC Weekly and BroBible.com and is a recurring co-host on KX 93.5 FM in Laguna Beach. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life. Reign Productions’ DVDs are distributed by Girlfriends Films. Tasha’s entrepreneurial enterprises also extend to adult novelty products, like Tasha’s Reignbow Pony Plugs, which are manufactured by Crystal Delights. For more information about Tasha Reign, visit www.TashaReign.com or www.Twitter.com/TashaReign.

About jessica drake:
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. For more information, visit www.Twitter.com/thejessicadrake and www.GuideToWickedSex.com.

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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.

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jd