Every week, SSIS writes a column in The Hoot that answers a question a student has submitted. Some past topics have included: having a sex life when you live with a roommate, managing feelings of shame, understanding SSIS's services, and overcoming the challenges of long-distance relationships. You can browse our past columns here. And, if you have a question you'd like to ask, click the button below to submit it, and look out for our response in the coming weeks! Any and all questions are welcome; there is no such thing as a bad, stupid, or weird question!


  • These answers are good-faith attempts by SSIS to be helpful to the Brandeis community, and are by no means exhaustive or to be taken as universal. If these answers don’t resonate with you, either pay them no mind, or reach out to us with suggestions for improvement! Additionally, columns written prior to 09/21 might contain information about our products, services, or prices that are now out of date. For the most up-to-date information on SSIS, browse this website, check our Instagram, or contact us with any questions you have.

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I want to send nudes to my partner. How can I do so as safely as possible?
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What is the difference between an STD and an STI and tips on telling if a partner is becoming infected?


How do you safely peg your partner anally?

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Am I the only virgin on this campus?


My partner recently told me that they frequently watch and enjoy porn, and I can't help comparing myself to these porn stars. What can I do to be more comfortable?
What kind of sex toys would you recommend for first timers?

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I want to use lube, but I have no idea where to start. Help!


How are your products so cheap? Are they fake?

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My new partner is non-monogamous and I don't know if I can handle that. What does non-monogamy involve? Do I have to be polyamorous too?