Rebecca Davis and Ronni Hayon met thirty years ago at a Reform Jewish summer camp in Indiana. Ridiculously, they paid good money to spend that summer living with a group of other 16-year-olds, all tasked with cleaning toilets, washing dishes and floors, and otherwise doing the camp’s grunt work. They became fast friends, two earnest nerds bonding over a shared fascination with sexuality, reproductive rights, and LGBTQIA+ equality. Those conversations continued in the decades since, as Ronni became a physician and Rebecca found a way to stay in college forever. Podcasts didn’t exist in 1992, but if they had, Ronni and “Becky” totally would have started one then.
Meet The Team
Dr. Ronni Hayon
Ronni Hayon (she/her) is an associate professor in the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin. She practices family medicine and obstetrical care that is rooted in a foundation of promoting health equity, anti-racism, and size acceptance and enjoys helping people engage with healthcare in an affirming space. It’s basically the best job ever. Dr. Hayon has nationally-recognized expertise in providing gender-affirming medical care, and is the Co-Medical Director of the new UW Health Gender Services Clinic. She also serves as the Faculty Champion and Fellowship Mentor for the inaugural American Medical Association Foundation National LGBTQ+ Health Fellowship. In her spare time, Dr. Hayon can often be found listening to music, spending time with her wonderful family, reading speculative fiction, or doing hand embroidery. She tweets at @drawkwardmd
Dr. Rebecca L. Davis
Rebecca L. Davis (she/her) writes and teaches about the histories of sexuality, gender, and religion in the United States. In addition to her academic publications, Rebecca has contributed to Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Her most recent book is Public Confesssions: The Religious Conversions that Changed American Politics (UNC Press), and she is writing a new history of sex and sexuality in America (Liveright). She is the Miller Family Endowed Early Career Professor of History at the University of Delaware; a research fellow for the Council on Contemporary Families; and a producer for the Sexing History podcast. Rebecca lives in Swarthmore, PA, with her family, and is, at this moment, either gardening or thinking about gardening. She tweets @historydavis.
Our thanks to:
Mik Finnegan, sound engineer
Mark Wurzelbacher, original music
The Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust
The Department of History at the University of Delaware
& the Foundation for Delaware County