Rebecca Nava MA, BA
My name is Rebecca Nava. I live in Toronto and I'm a sexual health educator. I received my training at Options for Sexual Health, the only comprehensive sexual health educator program in Canada. I also completed a Sexual Attitude Restructuring course at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.
Growing up, like most people, I didn’t know a whole lot about sex, other than basic anatomy. I learned about sexual norms from what I saw in the relationships around me, and in the media, and then I tried to mimic that. In a world where sex is largely not talked about, this was limiting and confusing at best, and risky at worst.
So I want people of all ages to know more about sexuality than I did. I seek to give people knowledge so they can lead empowered, joyful sexual lives. That’s why I’ve funneled what I know so far and a thirst to know more into a podcast about gender, sexuality, education and politics called Sex Ed Before Bed.
The podcast explores sexual politics in Toronto and Canada through interviews with experts in the industry, for example, other educators, psychotherapists, physicians and program facilitators. It also aims to provide a platform for sexual minorities and others with lived experiences that need to be brought to the fore, for example, people from the LGBTQ+ community, sex workers, BDSM practitioners, people from the poly community and many more. The goal of the show is threefold:
- to highlight contentious and/or culturally useful research and news related to the Canadian sexual political milieu
- to increase my own, and the listener’s understanding of the wide array of sexual lifestyles and careers people choose to lead
- to decrease harmful, regressive stereotypes based on myths and hearsay
The tone of the show has been both funny and silly or more serious, depending on the guest, but always informative.
The show is recorded in the Glass Box Studio, formerly The Nacho Room, at the Pacific Junction Hotel on Friday nights. Pacific Junction Hotel is home to Girth Radio, a podcast collective in downtown Toronto. The tone is interview style but casual, and free flowing.
I’m always on the lookout for new guests! If you’d like to be on the show, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at Ms.firstname.lastname@example.org with a little about yourself and we’ll go from there.