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  • Approved Brands |

    APPROVED BRANDS The Tool Shed “More than your typical adult store, we provide quality, non-toxic and body-safe products that enhance the sexual lives and relationships of our customers, all in a comfortable, compassionate, and welcoming atmosphere. The Tool Shed is a place where people of all genders and sexual orientations can explore their sexuality in a positive environment and be treated with respect by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our team knows a lot about the toys and equipment we sell, and we frequently offer workshops and other events where our customers can learn more about a variety of sexuality and relationship topics.”

  • Staff | Sex Out Loud | Madison

    OUR STAFF Mia (She/Her) Chair/Program Coordinator Hey! My name is Mia and I am the Program Chair at Sex Out Loud. I am a Senior majoring in Life Science Communications and Gender and Women’s Studies receiving certificates in entrepreneurship, global health, digital cinema production, and leadership. I am heavily interested in comprehensive and pleasure focused sex education and being an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and violence. I hope to make a difference regarding informed consent through education and understanding! My topics of interest are legalities of Sex Work, Sexual Violence, and Ethical Porn. When im not in the office, you can find me hanging out with my bunnies or cheerleading Maddy (She/They) Event Coordinator Hi, I’m Maddy, and I am a senior studying English and History with certificates in Gender & Women Studies and Environmental Studies. I am passionate about pleasure politics and queering sex education, exploring such under an intersectional lens! When I’m not working, I love rollerblading, thrifting, playing the bass, and reading! My current favorite is We Were Witches by Ariel Gore :D Bella (Any Pronouns ) Program Facilitator Hi! My name is Bella. I am a junior studying Gender and Women’s Studies. I am passionate about queer studies and reproductive justice. In my coursework I love looking at the ways gender and queerness intersect with reproductive and birth justice. I am also interested in building sexual education that is more queer and disability inclusive. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time with my cat, a tortoise shell named Brooklyn. I enjoy anything outdoors and have big dreams of a garden someday (for now I make do with my house plants). AJ (They/Them) Program Facilitator Hello! My name’s AJ and I go by they/them pronouns! I am a neurodivergent nonbinary lesbian who is studying Wildlife Ecology and working towards getting certificates in photography and environmental studies. This will be my first semester as a program facilitator and I am super excited to explore all things sexual health and learn more about things like Pleasure Activism, PMDD, and the intersectionality of sexual identities and disability. Outside of Sex Out Loud, I enjoy paddle boarding, cosplaying, going to anime conventions, and listening to music. My favorite artist is Will Wood and my current special interest is Jujutsu Kaisen! Soph (She/Her) Program Facilitator Hi! My name is Sophia Koo and my pronouns are she/her. I am a newly hired Program Facilitator at Sex Out Loud. I am a Freshman majoring in Neurobiology and Graphic Design. I am interested in exploring the constructs of healthy relationships and communication beyond heteronormative dynamics, the history of intimacy, body image, self-worth, self-love, and ethical porn. In my free time, I can be found sketching or playing my guitar. Rory (She/Her) Chair in Training Hey! I’m Rory I’m double majoring in Spanish and Communication Sciences. I am passionate about equal access to comprehensive sex education, as well as sex positivity. In my free time I love taking long walks, listening to Crime Junkie Podcast, and brewing my own kombucha! Syd (They/Them) Financial Coordinator Hi! My name is Sydney David. I use they/them pronouns and I’m a junior studying Economics, Public Policy, and Environmental Studies. This year I am training to be the Financial Coordinator for Sex Out Loud. I am so excited to be a part of this group that gives students access to information and resources that are not often provided. Outside of SOL, I enjoy drinking tea, reading books about nature, and being outdoors. Lucas (He/Him) Program Facilitator Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a Program Facilitator at Sex Out Loud. I'm currently a senior and majoring in Music, and am hoping to continue my studies afterwards in graduate school! I am really interested in queer relationships, sex therapy, and comprehensive PreP education. I also really enjoy meeting new volunteers and facilitating those who are interested in becoming a part of the club. I want to help give people the queer sexual education that so many queer people have missed, and Sex Out Loud has become an incredible platform for that. Outside of the office, you will probably find me in a practice room, at the gym, or performing at the Mead Witter School of Music! Halei (She/Her) Program Facilitator My name is Halei Heinzel and my pronouns are she/her and I am very excited to be a program facilitator this year for Sex Out Loud! I am a senior studying Life Science Communications and also a proud Wisconsin dairy farmer. When I’m not spending time with my animals, I enjoy collecting vinyl, taking trips to museums with my boyfriend, and rewatching Star Wars: Attack of the Clones for the millionth time. As someone new to the sexual health and education field, I'm excited to learn more and discover what topics I'm most passionate about. Nicole (She/Her) Engagement Coordinator Hi! I'm Nicole :) I’m double majoring in Biochemistry and Life Sciences Communication. I care about reproductive justice, body positivity, & comprehensive sex ed. Outside of Sex Out Loud I love playing video games in my spare time and cooking and baking to share with my friends! River (He /She/They) Outreach & Marketing Coordinator I’m River and I am completing a B.F.A with a concentration in Graphic design. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I hope to contribute to improving rural access to sexual education/healthcare in Wisconsin. The accessibility of sexual health education and its social implications of inaccessible knowledge is something I’m very passionate about. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to work at Sex Out Loud. I Love History, Mythology, and Sex Out Loud, of course! When I'm not at Sex Out Loud you can find me listening to audiobooks in the studio. Hayden (He/ Him ) Program Facilitator My name's Hayden Bailey and I'm a Program Facilitator at Sex Out Loud. I'm a Sophomore double majoring in Journalism and Strategic Communications. My hobbies include hunting, hiking and exploring vibey music (I enjoy suggestions). I'm interested in furthering my own sexual education at Sex Out Loud by teaching others. Specifically, I hope to make a difference through informing Greek clubs about safe sex practices and consent. My topics of interest include masturbation and sexual expression. Maddy (She/Her) Program Facilitator I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a certificate in Educational Policy Studies. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I spent my high school years as an acting teacher, where I became fascinated by adolescent development and the role education plays in fostering social-emotional growth, especially the importance of comprehensive sex education at this critical period. In my free time, I enjoy hosting dinner parties, working out, playing guitar, and watching TV with my dog, Charlie. Maddie (She/Her) Program Facilitator My name is Maddie! My pronouns are She/Her and I am currently a freshman at UW. My major is undeclared but I love reproductive justice, fashion, cute jewelry, music, and dogs. Be sure to give thrift store recommendations! Evan (He/Him ) Program Facilitator Hello everyone, my name is Evan (he/him) and I am currently a freshman hoping to major in something in the STEM field! I am from Stoughton, Wisconsin, just 30 minutes from here. I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing organization. I am very passionate about PrEP education as well as sex positivity. In my free time, I love spending time with friends, listening to music, and going and trying new coffee shops. Katie (She/Her) Program Facilitator Hi! My name is Katie Drinan (she/her) and I'm a Program Facilitator at Sex Out Loud. I'm a junior and I'm double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. I'm passionate about pleasure as well as open, educational discourse involving sex and pleasure, but I'm excited to fine tune my interests and goals while working with SOL! Some things I love to do are sewing little crafts, watching super old musicals, and going for runs and walks. Zoë (She/Her) Program Facilitator Hi! My name is Zoë and I'm a Program Facilitator at Sex Out Loud. I am a Junior studying Human Development and Family Studies. I am interested in all things having to do with relationships, sex, love, and therapy. I hope to be a couple's counselor one day :) I am passionate about sexual education and sex positivity, so I am super excited to uphold Sex Out Loud's mission. In my free time, I like to write music, create art, and go to the beach!

  • Employement |

    EMPLOYMENT Sex Out Loud maintains hiring periods during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Any UW-Madison student is eligible to apply! Check here for updates on our hiring cycles. We strongly encourage LGBTQ+ persons, people of color, and self-identifying men to apply! POSITIONS PROGRAM FACILITATOR Apply to be a program facilitator! Hours: 10/week Wages: $15/hour The Program Facilitators facilitate the free, fun, interactive, and educational programs (workshops) provided by Sex Out Loud. Program Facilitators travel to dormitories, sororities, fraternities, places of work, places of residence, social gatherings, or other organizations to educate campus and community members on the topics of safer sex, relationships, pleasure, kink, birth control, STIs, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ health, and any other specialty sexual health topics that may be requested. Program Facilitators are expected to be up-to-date on sexual health information through continuing education and training; successfully create and maintain safe spaces to discuss issues of sexuality; and be prepared to answer any sexual health questions accurately to the best of their ability. Program Facilitators are also required to participate in program development and updating current programs. FINANCIAL COORDINATOR Apply to be financial coordinator in-training! Hours: 10/week Wages: $15/hour The Sex Out Loud Financial Coordinator handles all of the finances of this student organization. Duties include: creating and updating the Sex Out Loud budget; creating and delivering budget proposals in front of SSFC; overseeing all purchases; paying all Sex Out Loud bills and invoices; overseeing staff payroll; attending mandatory SSFC and ASM finance meetings; meeting all SSFC, GSSF, and ASM deadlines by completing and delivering any required forms and paperwork. This position is directly responsible for handing the SSFC paperwork as well as biweekly payroll and purchasing supplies. EVENT COORDINATOR Hours: 11/week Wages: $15/hour Apply to be event coordinator! The Sex Out Loud Events Coordinator plans and implements four major events per year: Condoms and Candy in October, National HIV & Aids Awareness, National Condom Week in February, and Sexual Health Week in April. The Event Coordinator designs activities, invites speakers, plans workshops, and gets access to venues for the events. They are also responsible for designing activities, inviting speakers, planning workshops (event activities), and gaining access to venues for the events. The Event Coordinator is encouraged to use creativity and innovation to expand on past events and collaborate with other student and community groups. This position is responsible for creating events and promoting Sex Out Loud programming to the university enabling students to decide if they wish to utilize Sex Out Loud programming. MARKETING & OUTREACH COORDINATOR Hours: 10/week Wages: $15/hour The marketing and outreach coordinator will be responsible for meeting and networking with the larger campus and city communities to promote Sex Out Loud programming as well as other collaborations.The marketing and outreach coordinator is expected to create flyers and marketing materials to promote Sex Out Loud.The marketing and outreach coordinator is expected to keep the staff current about past, present, and future outreach events. Finally, the marketing and outreach coordinator is expected to maintain the official Sex Out Loud website and all social media platforms. ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR Hours: 12/week Wages: $15/hour The Sex Out Loud Engagement Coordinator networks with the larger campus and city communities to promote Sex Out Loud programming as well as other collaborations. Their job is to maintain a large presence on campus. This includes promoting Sex Out Loud; maintaining contacts with other student organizations and university branches to collaborate in programming and events; setting up regular ‘tabling sessions’ whenever relevant; and running the volunteer program. CHAIR - PROGRAM COORDINATOR Hours: 16/week Wages: $15/hour The Chair of the Organization is responsible for providing the staff fall and spring training. The chair is expected to provide the staff with other opportunities for ongoing learning and professional development.The chair will also make every effort to provide high quality programming to the wider student and campus community. The chair is responsible for scheduling and booking all programs in a timely and professional manner in addition to helping create new or specialized programming. The chair is responsible for supervising and evaluating the program facilitators. Additionally, the chair is required to fill out RSO Registration documents and GSSF eligibility criteria paperwork on an annual basis.

  • Request A Program | Sex Out Loud | Madison

    REQUEST A PROGRAM All programs offered both virtually and in person. Our programs include a mix of interactive activities, guided group discussion, and presentation by trained peer facilitators. Typically, programs last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, but we are happy to change the duration or modify the content with advanced notice. IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO REQUEST A SEX OUT LOUD PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK Programs are scheduled during Sunday staff meetings! Depending on when your request is submitted, it may take up to ONE WEEK for a confirmation. Please plan accordingly with dates & times requested. Here Got more questions? Email Discussing consent Proper usage of barrier methods STIs: prevention & treatment Sexual assault on UW campus Bystander intervention SAFER SEX 90 Minutes ADVANCED PLEASURE 90 Minutes Science of sex positions Sex toys and how to use 'em Thinking outside the box in our sexual lives Communication tips & tricks Discussing consent Proper usage of barrier methods STIs: prevention & treatment Sexual assault on UW campus Bystander intervention PLEASURE 90 Minutes LGBTQ 90 Minutes Understanding personal gender identity and societal constructions of gender Pronoun practice Coming out Classic jeopardy game with a fun and sexy twist Get quizzed on interesting and informative questions on sexual health, identity, expression and practices 1-2 Hours SEX JEOPARDY ADVANCED SEX JEOPARDY 90 Minutes Take on the challenge as a first-time Sex Jeopardy player or level up with new questions Get quizzed on interesting and informative questions on human sexuality including sexual health, identity, history, birth control, HIV/AIDS, Kink, and health care. Consent culture ​​& prevalence of sexual assault in Greek life Discussion of potential sexual implications of formals, date parties, and socials Hierarchy of sexual degradation, assault, and violence GREEK LIFE 90 Minutes BIRTH CONTROL 90 Minutes Different types of contraception Contraception access and affordability Contraceptive trends Common concerns / FAQs HIV BOOTCAMP 90 Minutes Walkthrough of biological and physiological mechanisms Treatment options Pre-exposure ​ Post-exposure History of stigma Discussion of HIV+ status and supporting community members who are 90 Minutes HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS Personal identity and personal boundaries Different types of relationships Communication tips Dating and domestic violence KINK 90 Minutes Overview of sexuality and eroticism Discussion of fetishes Scene negotiation & kinky consent SEX & HEALING 90 Minutes Understanding sexual pain and discomfort How to seek help from a healthcare provider Prevention and alleviation practices against bodily trauma during sexual acts Communicating sexual pain with our partners Dispel common myths and shame surrounding masturbation Cover masturbation techniques and types of sex toys and their possible uses Explore how pornography informs experiences with masturbation, sex, and intimacy Normalize self-stimulation and encourage pleasure-seeking activities MASTURBATION 90 Minutes

  • Get Involved | Sex Out Loud | Madison

    GET INVOLVED Help us to distribute condoms and other safer sex supplies throughout dorms and campus housing! Click for More Condom Conduit Click for More Click for More Click for More Volunteer First-hand experience Holding office hours, tabling, and building friendships across campus! Click for More Employment Sex Out Loud will be hiring for spring semester soon! Check back here for more info. Check out our employment page! Email for more!

  • Volunteer |

    Promote Safer Sex BECOME A SOL VOLUNTEER Gain first-hand experience in making our programming, holding office hours, tabling, and building friendships across campus. Volunteers also have access to exclusive events/discussions with staff. This is an excellent way to get more involved with Sex Out Loud, expand your knowledge, build your resume, and promote healthy sex & sexuality. REQUIREMENTS Attend 1 Volunteer Orientation/Training (occurs once a semester) Hold 1-2 office hours a week Attend bi-weekly volunteer meetings (flexible) Attend volunteer banquet to celebrate your hard work! OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Work at tabling events Work on continuing education projects Attend staff/volunteer bonding Create stickers, pamphlets, etc. Email for more information on ways you can get involved. Mail Create & Learn We encourage volunteers to Research Sexual Health, create sticker designs, and pamphlets. As well as overall being a part of our office community. Attend Volunteer Meetings! Explore topics of interest, participate in group activities and take part in workshops!

  • UW Madison | Sex Out Loud

    Providing The University Of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Community Comprehensive, Accessible, and Pleasure-based Sexuality Education Since 1998 Request A Program ABOUT US Sex Out Loud's mission is to promote healthy sexuality through sex-positive education and activism. We acknowledge that each individual's sexuality is uniquely shaped by all facets of identity and experience. We seek to empower students to engage with these issues by providing inclusive and accessible programs, events, and resources, as well as safe spaces for reflection and discussion. Read More SERVICES Programs Sex Out Loud programs are a mix of interactive activities, guided group discussions, and presentations by trained peer facilitators. Events Four events weeks per year allow for keynote speakers, crafts, pole dancing, yoga, carnivals, and more! Office Find free safer sex supplies, an extensive library, free and confidential peer to peer counseling, and friendly staff faces! PROGRAMS OFFICE EVENTS SEE US ON CAMPUS Sex Out Loud Calendar Ask Us A Question

  • About | Sex Out Loud | Madison

    OUR MISSION & VALUES Sex Out Loud's mission is to promote healthy sexuality through sex-positive education and activism. We acknowledge that each individual's sexuality is uniquely shaped by all facets of identity and experience. We seek to empower all students by providing inclusive and accessible programs, events, and resources, and by creating safe space where students can freely discuss these issues. ​ Stigma reduction | Peer-to-peer | Pleasure-inclusive Consent culture | Inclusivity & Safer Spaces Get Involved Information OUR OFFICE Address 333 East Campus Mall Suite 3143 Madison, WI Contact 608-890-2138 Hours Mon - Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Ask Us A Question 333 East Campus Mall Suite 3143 Our office is a safe and inclusive space where you can find our trained staff who are always excited to answer your questions! We offer free and confidential peer to peer counseling, a stocked library, board games, free safer sex supplies (including condoms, lube, sex dams, gloves, and more) and, of course, a giant penis pinata!

  • Birth Control | Sex Out Loud

    What is Birth Control? Birth control, also known as contraception, is a safer sex tool that prevents pregnancy through either hormonal or non-hormonal methods. Scroll below to find more information on what types are available, and where we can access them. ORAL CONTRACEPTION Also known as "the pill," the oral contraceptive pill comes in two different versions, as listed below. By taking the pill around the same time every day, it prevents pregnancy by elevating hormone levels so eggs aren't released during the time someone could be ovulating. Some pills also thicken the cervical mucus to create a more physical barrier to potential fertilization. Pros: potential to experience lighter, less painful, more regular periods, reduced acne easy to use, easy to control dosage ​ Cons: have to remember to take it around the same time every day potential to experience sore breasts, change in sex drive, nausea, and depression EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 91% with typical use COST: Without insurance: $10-113 /monthly ​ With insurance: free under most plans Combination pill: estrogen/progestin combo 3 weeks of active pills, 1 week placebo which will allow for a monthly period ​ Progestin only pill: also known as the mini pill, only contains progestin continuous active pills for a full menstrual cycle EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 94% with typical use COST: Without insurance: ​$50- 120/monthly With insurance: free under most plans ​ THE DEPO-PROVERA SHOT The shot is exactly what it sounds like. One shot covers your birth control for three months, after which we need to go in to get another dose. The shot contains progestin only, which prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens the cervical mucus to create a physical barrier between sperm and egg. Pros: private -- no tell tale signs or evidence of taking birth control potential to experience shorter or lighter period only need to worry about it every 3 months safe to take while breastfeeding ​ Cons: must rely on a health care provider to administer contraception potential to experience irregular bleeding and weight gain no way to reverse the side effects of getting the shot until it wears off THE RING Also known by the brand name NuvaRing, this hormonal contraceptive method is a small bendy ring that works by slowly releasing hormones that prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. It is placed inside of the vagina and left for three weeks, then taken out for a week. Pros: relatively little work to use, only have to remember to put it in and take it out once each month uses lower amounts of localized hormones Cons: have to be super comfortable with your body potential to experience sore breasts, spotting between periods, and change in sex drive EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 91% with typical use COST: Without insurance: $10-113/monthly ​ With insurance: ​ free under most plans THE PATCH Just less than two inches long, the patch is a beige plastic sticker that can be stuck onto any part of the body (except by the breasts if we have them). It releases hormones which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs, and thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg in the first place. One patch has enough hormones for an entire week until we have to switch it out for a new one. The week we choose not to wear a patch is likely the week we might get a period. EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 91% with typical use COST: Without insurance: ​$30-44 /per patch With insurance: free under most plans ​ Pros: easy to use, like using a bandaid only have to remember to switch it out once every 7 days potential to experience lighter, more regular periods ​ Cons: only comes in one skin tone (beige) potential to experience irritation where the patch sits on the skin potential to experience change in sex drive less effective for bodies over 198 lbs THE IMPLANT Placed in a category called long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), the implant is a small rod that gets placed in the upper arm. It slowly releases progestin, which prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens the cervical mucus. It can prevent pregnancy for up to four years, and they are currently running clinical trials to test for protection up to five years! Pros: only have to think about it every 4 years safe for those who smoke cigarettes, breastfeeding people, and people who cannot take estrogen may improve symptoms from endometriosis Cons: potential to experience initial irregular bleeding potential to experience change in sex drive, scarring from implantation, ovarian cysts EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 91% with typical use COST: Without insurance: full cost of $450-$848 ​ With insurance: ​ free under most plans THE IUD Intrauterine devices (IUDs) come in non-hormonal and hormonal versions, which are explained below. They act as a physical barrier to preventing pregnancy, while also affecting the way sperm swim, thus greatly reducing the chance of impregnation. They offer up from 3-12 years of protection against pregnancy, but have to be inserted by a professional healthcare provider. EFFECTIVENESS: 99% with perfect use 91% with typical use COST: Without insurance: ​$ With insurance: free under most plans ​ HORMONAL IUD: made of plastic release small amounts of progestin over time to thicken cervical mucus and prevent impregnation 4 different types available: Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, and Kyleena prevents pregnancy for 3-6 years (depending on type) ​ NON-HORMONAL IUD: made of plastic with copper coil

  • STI's |

    SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS STIs are more likely to be passed along when we are too embarrassed to talk about them. We encourage you to help eliminate the stigma around sexuality and STIs by talking to your friends and partners about testing and condoms with confidence, and being accepting and affirming of partners who have an STI. We should get tested 1-2 times a year if we’re in a monogamous relationship and 3-4 times a year if we change partners more often (or just any time we’re worried about it!). MOST COMMON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION Chlamydia Chlamydia is the most common STI at UW-Madison! A bacteria passed along through fluids. Condoms are 98% effective at protecting against the spread of Chlamydia. It can cause clear discharge from the urethra opening of a penis, burning, itching, and scratching. Some people describe it as like“peeing razors”. But is often sneaky and we may have no symptoms at all. We can be tested for free at UHS! Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics, antibiotics cost about $15 with insurance depending on the plan. it's important to Follow the treatment regimen carefully and abstain from sex 7-10 days; even after symptoms go away to make sure it has completely cleared up. ​ What happens when we don’t have health care? ​ The Planned Parenthood (Madison South Health Center) on the south side of madison offers a lot of sexual health services, such as STI testing, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and birth control counseling and placement. They accept most insurance, including medicaid, but no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. ​ Lack of insurance - There are a lot of people who have less access to healthcare due to a lack of insurance. This can make seeking out sexual and reproductive health much harder, and it impacts some people more than others. Don’t be afraid to advocate for your health and learn resources in your community; there are always people willing to help.

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