Sex Ed With DB - Season 3
Sex Ed with DB is a feminist podcast bringing you all the sex ed you never got through unique and intersectional storytelling. Let’s get into it!
In this first episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we discuss the importance of being pro-birth control while still highlighting the side effects we don't really talk about. Returning for the third time on the podcast, we have DB's mom, Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt (the ultimate bad ass). Dr. Levy-Gantt is an OBGYN and a certified menopause practitioner who has been practicing for the last 10 years in Napa, California. We also have on the awesome Alice Pelton. Alice created The Lowdown after she realized that she couldn't find user based data on women's experiences and side effects from contraception at scale anywhere. For years, she struggled to find a form of contraception that didn't impact her mood. So, she decided to do something to help women like her and create the "Trip Advisor for contraceptives."
In this second episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we talk about abortion laws, abortion access, and how people can self-manage their own abortions in the US. First up we have Robin Marty, a freelance reporter and the author of the new book "Handbook for a Post-Roe America," a guide for what to do if and when Roe is overturned and states make abortion illegal. We also have on Yveka Pierre, the litigation counsel for If/When/How where she litigates civil and criminal defense cases. She is a former public defender, who has been involved in justice driven work for a decade. Finally, we have Amelia Bonow, the Founding Director of Shout Your Abortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the discourse surrounding abortion through art, media, and real life events all over the country.
In this third episode of Sex Ed with DB (Part 1), Season 3, we discuss the intersection of sex ed and politics with Senti Sojwal, Julie Ae Kim, and Zoe Ridolfi-Starr. Senti and Julie are two of the co-founders of the Asian American Feminist Collective. The AAFC engages in intersectional feminist politics grounded within their communities. Through public events and resources, they seek to provide spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, and advocacy in NYC. Zoe is an activist and advocate whose work focuses on sex, gender, family, and the law. As Policy Chair of the Sex Education Alliance of NYC and a coordinator of the statewide #SexEdNowNY campaign, she advocates for better sex education policy.
In this bonus episode of Sex Ed with DB (Vote For Pleasure: Part 2), Season 3, I get shwasty with my bestie Safeena Mecklai, NYU second year Law Student and all around genius/role model/real model. We talk politics, why voting matters, and who out of the Dem candidates actually cares about sex ed.
In this fourth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we chat about the intersections of sex and mental health (and trust us, there are quite a few). First, we have on the lovely Mia Davis. Mia is the Founder & CEO of tabú, a revitalized approach to sexual and mental health care. We then talk unintentional celibacy and other dating stories with the hilarious Olive Persimmon, author of The Coitus Chronicles and Unintentionally Celibate.
In this fifth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we talk about consent and what it could and should look like in different environments. First on the podcast we have Jaclyn Freidman. Jaclyn is a writer, educator and activist, and creator of four books including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and her latest, Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All. We also have on Daniel Saynt. Daniel is the Chief Conspirator of the movement brand New Society for Wellness aka NSFW, a members-only club and a creative agency for sexual wellness and cannabis brands.
In this sixth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we address how to be inclusive of queer identities and experiences in sex ed curriculum. First up we have the amazing Andy Duran. Andy is a Bay Area native sexual health educator and the Education Director for Good Vibrations. As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth. We then have the wonderfully wise Fatmata Bah. Fatmata is a Peer Health Educator at The Door - A Center of Alternatives. In a space dedicated to approaching youth development in a holistic sense, they relish in the chance to broaden young people's ideas around sexuality.
In this seventh episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we talk about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. First up, we have Tracy MacNeal. Tracy is an engineer, a healthcare innovator, a mother, and a champion for women’s health. Fueled by two decades in medical innovation, as CEO of Materna Medical, she maintains a focus that is both personal and universal. We then have Ellen Blais and Samantha Hanson from One Love. One Love educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
In this eighth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we discuss all things HIV and PrEP with three amazing guests: Ashwini Hardikar, Less McCullars, and Thandi Harris. Ashwini is Director of Grants Administration at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. She is an advocate for relevant sexual health education and access to resources across the lifespan. Less is an HIV case manager at The LGBTQ Center in Manhattan. His work is centered around HIV prevention as well as advocating for people living with HIV. Thandi is an avid and passionate HIV activist and spokeswoman of Positive Women’s Network.Currently, she does community outreach at W.O.R.L.D (Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases), the only organization in the bay area that supports women living with HIV and their families.
In this ninth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 3, we chat about sex toys in New York City with the incredible Sid Azmi and Janet Lieberman-Lu. Sid is the owner of and the head educator at the beloved Brooklyn-based educated pleasure shop Please. Please is the epicenter of Sid’s mission to change the way people think and talk about sex, and bring it to the mainstream as a daily indulgence for everyone, and anyone, at various stages of life. Janet is Chief Technology and Product Officer at Dame Products (@DameProducts). After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, Lieberman-Lu designed everything from dustpans to 3D printers before deciding to start her own company - to be the change she wanted to see in the world.
Sex Ed With DB - Season 2
Season 2, brought to you in partnership with O.school, is all about building on the valuable knowledge from SEwDB’s Season 1. This intersectional feminist podcast will continue to revolutionize the way we talk about sex by interviewing incredible people who are doing bold and powerful work in the sex education world!
In this first episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we discuss sex toys and masturbation with Polly Rodriguez and Andy Duran. Polly Rodriguez is the CEO and Founder of Unbound, a sexual wellness company that sells sex toys and accessories. Andy Duran is the Education Outreach Manager at Good Vibrations, the Bay Area's sex toy oasis.
In this second episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we discuss not assuming motherhood with Kristen Mancinelli and Ivy Chen. Kristen Mancinelli, MPH is director of education and partnerships at Extend Fertility. Ivy is back for another season! Ivy Chen, MPH is a sexuality health educator, and has been working with Bay Area communities for 21 years.
In this third episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we discuss culturally responsive sex education with Menny Bezalel and Haylin Belay. Menny was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in the late 1950’s and is one of eight siblings. At age 12 Menny and his family immigrated to Israel to escape religious persecution. Haylin Belay is a sex educator, holistic health professional, and witch living and working in New York City.
In this fourth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we chat about sex workers' experiences with our guests Mia Little and Andre Shakti. Mia Little is an adult film performer and sex worker leading sex education workshops at universities and online. Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In this fifth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we talk about periods and menstruation with our guests Nadya Okamoto, Luna Matatas, and Sarah D'Andrea. Nadya is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org). Luna Matatas is a sex and pleasure educator based in Toronto Canada; she teaches online workshops with O.school. Sarah is a sex educator with The Flex Company.
In this sixth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we talk about abortion with our guests Toni Guy and Dr. Karen Scott. Toni Guy has spoken on issues of sexuality and reproductive health for over 30 years. During her years with Planned Parenthood she rose from Community Educator to Vice President of Education. Dr. Karen Scott is a clinician scientist and feminist intersectional scholar and activist with board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In this seventh episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we talk about body image with our guests Connie Sobczak, Q Wilson, and Caleb Luna. Connie Sobczak is the co-founder of the Body Positive and the author of "Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!)." Q Wilson is a self-identified queer, gender independent, polyamorous leather boi, and social justice activist. Caleb Luna is a writer, activist, teacher, performer, fat babe and Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, where their work broadly explores the intersections of fatness, desire, white supremacy and colonialism from a queer of color lens.
In this eighth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we discuss pain and dysfunction during sex with Dr. Rachel Gelman and Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt. Dr. Gelman is a pelvic floor physical therapist and practices as a clinical specialist at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. She specializes in the physical therapy management of numerous pelvic pain disorders, including sexual dysfunction. DB’s amazing mom, Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt, has been a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years, now pretty much specializing in the 40+ crowd which includes PMS, perimenopause, hormones, sexuality later in life and menopausal issues.
In this ninth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we talk all about sex and disability with Dr. Rafe Biggs and Ligia Zuniga, leaders at Sexability. Dr. Rafe Biggs is the founder of Sexability, an organization committed to transforming sexuality and disability. He is a sexual health educator working with people with disabilities and healthcare professionals who support them. Ligia Andrade Zuniga is a Director at Sexability and passionate Disability Advocate and Leader. She has been a change maker working in the area of sexuality and disability since 2009 advocating for the transformation of sexual freedom, reproductive rights and services for women of color and other marginalized underrepresented individuals in the area of sexuality and disability rights.
In this tenth episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 2, we discuss porn as well as its impact on young people with Era Steinfeld and legend Cindy Gallop. Era Steinfeld is a queer and trans facilitator and student, passionately studying and practicing ways of talking to young people about healthy sexuality. Cindy Gallop is the founder of Make Love Not Porn, launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ - and in 2013 launched social sex video sharing platform www.makelovenotporn.tv/ -- The Social Sex Revolution (the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social) for which she has just raised $2million to scale.
Sex Ed With DB - Season 1
Sex Ed with DB is an intersectional, feminist podcast for folks who want to hear real stories from 5 Bay Area voices as we try to revolutionize the way we talk about sex!
In this first episode of Sex Ed with DB, we find out who DB is, why she wanted to create this sex ed podcast, and who our five featured voices are (who will be featured in some capacity in every episode this season). In this episode, the voices discuss the topic of: sex education and how we talk about sex.
In this second episode of Sex Ed with DB, the 5 voices discuss the topic of: STIs, safe sex, and feeling good. They talk about how the clitoris has over 8,000 nerve endings and how there is a pill called PrEP one can take every day at the same time to prevent HIV. They discuss the difference between a bacterial STI and a viral STI and the fact that having STIs is SUPES common. Listen to hear all 5 voices on these unique topics!
In this third episode of Sex Ed with DB, we listen to the nuances of polyamory, monogamy, and everything in between. We hear how our society thinks of love as a cup of sugar in a scarce economy but the reality is, you can have many loves! Relationships look different for everyone -- what kind of relationship works best for you?
In this fourth episode of Sex Ed with DB, we hear about consent and rape culture. We learn that 1 in 4 women will be impacted by domestic violence in her lifetime and about the 4 Cs of "consent": clear, continuous, conscious, and free from coercion. How do you shut down rape culture in your daily life?
In this fifth episode of Sex Ed with DB, we explore the idea of the spectrum: of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, expression, and identity. The binary says that we're either male or female, boy or girl. But what about everyone in between? What about trans folks, intersex people, genderqueer people, asexual folks, etc? There are so many ways to live and breathe on the spectrum and all of Sex Ed with DB's featured voices do it in their own way.
In this sixth and FINAL episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 1, we explore the two very different concepts of kink/BDSM as well as flirting in every day life. When is flirting consensual? What is the difference between a kink and a fetish? What is a BDSM community in the San Francisco Bay Area like? We answer all of these questions and more in this fun and racy final episode of the season!
In this first bonus episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 1, we feature brilliant, articulate, and brave Oakland School of the Arts graduates, Ella and Imani. We ask them about every single one of the topics we covered in Season 1 of Sex Ed with DB and learn what sex ed looks like in high schools these days.
In this second bonus episode of Sex Ed with DB, Season 1, we hear the launch party that got it going. We hear from voices: Ivy, Pristine, Aaron, Ella, and later, Ingrid, and listen to all the behind the scenes action of the podcast. We understand what they think was challenging about the production of it, what needs to be reformed in sex ed in schools, and some dirty details of embarrassing (and funny) sexy stories!