Episode 3

Sex Education with Cat Baron

Cat Baron is a mom and partner first - she lives in east Ottawa with her partner and their four kids.  Cat is also a full-time professor at Algonquin College and has taught in the Community and Justice Services program since 2002.  She graduated from the very same program after earning a degree from Carleton University and has worked with youth and women, in group homes and shelters.  Cat was the coordinator of Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS and sexual health information service through the Canadian Public Health Association and has volunteered for many years in the community, in order to maintain her connections and to give back.  Cat loves to learn and is passionate about getting students excited about learning, especially in her favourite course on sexuality!

We Discussed

Anatomy and Proper Terminology 

Difference between Sex and Gender 

Myths around Sex 

Respecting children's boundaries 

Teachable moments for children to provide safety

How we “talk about sex” but aren’t really educated

And much much more!

Here are some handy links that Cat always shares with her students.

Sex and U - https://www.sexandu.ca/

Scarleteen - https://www.scarleteen.com/

Ottawa Public Health - (find sexual health clinics, testing) - https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/sexual-health-clinic.aspx

Centre for Sexuality (out of Alberta - great resources on the basics) - https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/sexual-health-info/sexual-orientation/

Action Canada (sexual and reproductive rights) - https://www.actioncanadashr.org/

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada - http://sieccan.org/sexual-health-education

These are just some of the many great resources out there. 

There is a channel on YouTube called Crash Course.  They do a number of topics, and there are four in particular that relates to what we spoke about today - anatomy especially.

Female Reproductive System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFDatCchpus&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=41

Male Reproductive System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XQcnO4iX_U&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=42

Sex and Fertilization - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdAEGXLO-8&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=43

Pregnancy and Development - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdAEGXLO-8&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=43 

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Have a Little Insight with Jennie Leaver is a podcast about exploring topics that strive to deepen our human experience and our connection to ourselves and the people around us.

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Jennie Leaver

Jennie is a Designer with a 15-year background in hospitality. Passionate about making a difference in this world, she teamed up with Ryan in 2019 to create Have A Little Insight after the two met waiting tables at Milestones Bar and Grill.

“I want to contribute to the good in this world. There is enough bad news, negative slants on things and anger. I want to bring people a different perspective, where we strive to create understanding, compassion and kindness. Where we look for the good and how we are connected as opposed to operating from fear, judgement and separation.”