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This letter is in response to Forest Hunt’s article of October 12, “Protest Follows Year of Controversy over Racism at Evergreen,” in which the reporter provides information about the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). The article indicates that the BIRT is “Evergreen’s main body charged with confronting issues of oppression on campus.” It also addresses how the BIRT responses during 2015-16 were perceived by some. The BIRT devoted time this summer to examining how we can improve understanding of the role of the Team as well as refine our processes to enhance our responsiveness, especially if the volume of reports is high, as it was last year. As reported in the article, there are currently open seats on the BIRT for students. Those interested in serving on the BIRT should contact the GSU. We also shared this information by email to all enrolled students and employees on Oct. 4 via email and a post in Greener Commons. Hunt’s arti...

 
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Dear Body Party, I love my partner and they love me back. Our relationship is new, but it is strong- they are really supportive of me, which isn’t something I’ve felt in past relationships. But when they’re not around, I can’t help but stalk their ex on Instagram. I can’t help but feel like I am in competition with their ex, and honestly, it feels like I’m losing- they just look so confident and so cute and so hot. And while my partner tells me they love me, it’s hard to imagine that they are as over their ex as they make out—especially considering the fact that I am not nearly as cool as the last person they dated. How can I stop comparing myself to them and feel more secure in my partner’s feelings? Please help, Tied for Second   Dear Tied for Second, “Getting over” someone is a misleading term. I think understanding that your partner may still think about their ex and remember them fondly is a good star...

 
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By Asa Kowals Rose Election got you down? Are you bored by Hillary Clinton, and disgusted by Donald Trump? Is it so bad that you’re simply planning to write in “eat my ass” for every race on the ballot? Good news! In Washington State, voters have a way of circumventing those suit-clad garbage piles called politicians. Every year, Washingtonians send a wide array of policy proposals directly to voters in the form of ballot initiatives—a right guaranteed by the state constitution. In doing so, we can proudly tell politicians, “Eat a dick, scumbags; we’ll try to fix this stuff even if you’re lying asses won’t be coming along along for the ride.” Isn’t democracy great? To be fair, there are some problems with the initiative process. Since initiatives are drafted by unelected citizens, they can sometimes be poorly written, overly vague, or logistically unworkable. In 2014, for example, Washington voters passed Initiative 1351, a measu...

 
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Greetings. Welcome to Wasted Advice, wherein you ask for advice and I continue to get drunk and advise you. We both win. You can ask me the questions you can’t ask your resident advisor. how do i look hot on halloween without havin a real normie “slutty whatever” costume Have a non-normie “slutty” costume. The worst thing about the “sluttly waterer” costume is the lack of originality, so just add a layer of irony and you can show off your flesh-prison without seaming basic. For example, wear your BDSM gear and the European Union Flag and be the idea of austerity. what r u gonna be 4 halloween? Curious George — its perfect because I’ve always been very sexually attracted to the man in the yellow hat and I’m hoping that the universe provides me with a tall-hatted man of my own. What is the best new album out that you’re overplaying? I’ve been really into Princess Nokia’s new album, 1992. Its sick, its fresh, its everything I’ve been...

 
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Dear Body Party, There are all of these red little bumps around my genitals and I am really really freaked out that I may have herpes? It’s all I can think about, my anxiety surrounding it is taking over my life. I know it’s really common, but I never thought it would be me. Thanks, One in Four Dear One in Four, Take a deep breathe- yes, you may have herpes. But you also may not have herpes. Red, irritated bumps around the genitals could be a sign of herpes, but they could also be ingrown hairs, which can be caused by shaving or the rubbing of clothes against your skin. Ingrown hairs, while uncomfortable, are not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Instead, they are just irritated and inflamed hair follicles. Herpes sores, as opposed to ingrown hairs, are symptoms of viral shedding, and are characterized by uncomfortable red bumps or blisters that will bust after a day or two and ooz a some sort of milky liquid, becoming p...

 
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Dear Body Party, What’s going on here? Why are we still doing this? What’s the point? Just Checkin’ in, -Body Party Hey there Body Party! Nice to hear from you. It’s been a while! For all you new comers out there (and all of those Cooper Point Journal veterans who have never ventured this far into our paper) Body Party is a sex positive sex and relationship advice column, which was created to field questions about sex and relationships in a mindful way to help promote safe, healthy, and more fruitful relationships and sexual encounters. Sex, love, and everything in between are normal parts of existing as a weird flesh mass, but the way that we approach and talk about those things tend to be steeped in stigma, socialization, and mis- education. Since we’ve started writing Body Party, we’ve gotten quite a few questions from the community about what it means to be a “sex positive” advice column. To us, being “sex positive...

 
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Dear Body Party, My friend and I keep getting into round about discussions about consent and what it really means and how to go about enacting it in our relationships. Honestly, asking before we do anything at all with our partners seems exhausting and awkward. Can you clear this up for us? Thanks! -Questioning Consent Hey Questioning Consent, Consent is actually pretty straight forward—it is defined as getting permission from your partner, particularly when you’re engaged in sexual activity—but people tend to get a little mixed up when it comes to the details. What you’re talking about, constant questions, comes from the idea of affirmative consent, a faction of radical consent. Radical consent states that not only should affirmative consent be mandatory, but that the ideas surrounding consent should permeate your whole relationship and not be confined to sexual encounters. People, regardless of their sexual activity, should hav...

 
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Dear Body Party, I want to get on hormonal birth control, but I am still on my family’s insurance and my mom is not exactly sex positive (or even sex present). How can I bring it up to her? What can I say to make her understand that being on birth control is important to me and not some immoral travesty? Dear Planned Not Parenthood, Birth control is incredibly important in having safe, carefree sex but it sure can be tricky and exhausting, especially if you’re still technically under the medical watch of your parents. In general, it is best to keep things long range—focus on how you want to get on birth control now so that you can have safe sex in the future. Parents tend to get scared when they realize their kids are growing up and out of their control and watchful eye, and the added social issues and stigmas that surround sex tend to intensify those feelings. As a rule you should never have to justify yourself and your sexual...

 
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Hey Body Party, This is my first year at Evergreen, it’s almost June, and I am still a virgin. I get it, I get it, virginity is a construct, but it still blows. There’s this kid I really like and while I’m not in general ashamed of never having had sex- I want to be in a relationship when I fuck someone for the first time and I stand by that choice- the combination of my crush and my virginity makes me embarrassed. I am not religious, I just don’t want my first time having sex to be casual. How do I talk about it with them? - VIRGIN   Hey VIRGIN, You’re right, virginity is a construct and one that has deep roots in patriarchal structure at that- but construct or not, your feelings are real. If sex has sentimental value to you, or you want your first time to ‘mean something’, that is completely valid. Rejecting the idea of virginity should not go hand in hand with rejecting your right to make your own rules about ...

 
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April 6, 2016



Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership an effort to impose a policy of economic encirclement on China, and if so, what will its effect be on the Spratly Islands dispute?   I asked this qwestion but nobody else wants to answer it so yeah I think it is meant to encircle china. this probably won't help tho because china and pakistan have pretty close ties and pakistan can give china access to its ports. also china is investing in africa and south Ameirca like its building a canal in nicaragua and a dam in ethiopia which means it won't be as reliant on its neighbors for trade. either way tho if drumpf is elected we're gonna go to war with china and it'll become wwiii and we'll all probably die. anyway, fuck the tpp because its more neoliberal capitalist bullshit and we shouldnt sacrifice americans jobs to bully china   what is the best way to resolve shitty roommate vibes?   that depends on what you mean by shi...