Q: Discussion on Bi-/Pan- phobia and identity exclusion from “Queer spaces”

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For this week’s meeting we are hoping to intentionally create a space for bi- and pan- identified people who do not normally feel comfortable coming to Q or stepping into “Queer Spaces.”  We want to invite you to share your experiences and feelings about being bi-/pan- and, if you feel comfortable, speaking about the ways in which the “Queer Community” has either excluded or included you based on this identity.

We encourage new faces and new experiences.

We hope you feel welcome.

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TRANS ADMISSION POLICY TOWN HALL 2: Event posting plus my response to the first

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Hey Q-bies!

Even if you went to the first town hall, please please please consider coming out to the town hall this Monday 2/16/15.  Columbia Spectator covered the first town hall briefly (media coverage is not welcomed and quotes are not taken unless the speakers offer themselves up to be quoted by spec or outside media, don’t worry about getting quoted without your consent if you attend, that won’t happen) but the first town hall left me feeling displeased with the consensus reached for one question.

Expect three questions, two specifically about trans women on campus (the admission policy, if/how intentionally admitting trans women could/would change campus climate) and one about how to better support the trans students (transmasculine and men) that already exist on campus.  Be prepared to respond to or think about both types of question.

I was left dissatisfied with the responses given to the question about…

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“How to Actually Clean Your Vagina,” As Told by BuzzFeed

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As I was doing a Friday-morning Facebook peruse, I came across this article about the dos and don’ts of vaginal washing. Bottom line: vaginas clean themselves and don’t need much help!

As they explain in the article, the vagina is full of good bacteria that keep your pH levels where they should be. Meaning that douches, many soaps, and other urban lore methods of vagina cleaning (steaming was apparently a thing…?) can actually be harmful to your vaginal health. Nice warm water whenever you’re in the shower should do the trick for cleaning the vulva (the outer genitalia — labia and clitoris), and the vagina will take care of itself. For more information, check out this article and as always come visit the office if you have questions!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/caseygueren/how-to-actually-clean-your-vagina

The Unschedule

I recently re-read “The Now Habit” by Neil Fiore, and came across a time-management strategy that includes taking breaks, having leisure time, getting exercise and maintaining general wellbeing (!) as an essential part of productivity. The author recommends setting up something called an “Unschedule,” which is pretty much a blank schedule of your day split up into half-hour blocks with a few guidelines on how to fill it in.

One of the slight differences between the unschedule and a normal schedule is that in addition to putting in all the fixed commitments you have (classes, meetings, etc.) you also schedule time for exercise, breaks, meals/snacks, and fun events. (The author suggests using different colors for different recurring activities). The idea is that since your leisure and self-care time is more structured, you’ll be less likely to skip it and more likely to be more focused while doing your work since you’ll be working around commitments that you’re looking forward to.

The second part of the unschedule is filling in the time you’ve worked after you’ve been working continuously for at least 30 minutes (the author suggests using your favorite color for this part), or if you haven’t gotten around to work yet, writing in what you’ve been doing in a different color. Seeing the blocks of time in which you were working is intended to motivate you to fill in more of them, and see more of that color on your schedule. Since the blocks are 30 minutes long, if you’re unproductive for one 30 minute block, you have another to try again. I’ve attached two versions of a blank unschedule if you’re interested in filling these out by hand, and there’s always Google calendar as an alternative! Also, stop by the office to check out our other books on time management, stress and a whole slew of other wellness topics!

This is an example of an unschedule filled out.

Here are the two versions of blank schedules! Hour version  Half-hour version