A colleague told me she has heard from others that their periods were heavy post-vax. I'm curious whether other menstruators have noticed changes too? I'm a week and a half out from dose 1 of Moderna, got my period maybe a day or so early, and am gushing like I'm in my 20s again.
I'm on day 3 of my period and am still swapping out extra long overnight pads a few times a day. Typical for me at this time is maybe one or two regular pads (though extra absorbent, Always Infinity ones) for the whole day.
Does this have to do with the way the vax response is mounting a broader inflammatory response, possibly moreso because of the lipid nanoparticle or mRNA mechanism? Either way I am fascinated! Inflammation + tissue remodeling = extra bleedypants!
Ok this is too cool, the colleague and I are already plotting a self-report tool to try and gather these experiences.

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In December I was listed as a potential witness in a lawsuit filed against Balter. This week I sent a Declaration to plaintiff and Balter’s attorneys asking Balter to stop intimidating, threatening and harassing me. uofi.box.com/s/e80qqrxancrs…
tl;dr page 1: I was asked to testify about my personal experiences with Mr. Balter and to provide an expert opinion, which I have done before.
tl;dr page 2: I was not asked, nor would I have offered testimony in support of the plaintiff’s conduct.
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I don't have it in me to provide a nuanced take. So I'll say that the expectations on me as a WFH faculty require that I risk my family by sending our youngest to daycare. I feel like trash about it every day. I'm a caregiver from 6a-10p between students, colleagues, & kids.
So I may be working from home and therefore not on any vaccine list, but that doesn't mean work isn't forcing me and my family to take a major health risk.
And yes I feel terrible that I'm not one of those parents who can wake at 4am and then put in another shift at 9pm. My youngest can smell when I'm up, there is no time of day I can escape her.
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I'm thinking a lot about institutional betrayal, a concept developed by @jjfreydcourage and collaborators, in the wake of multiple sudden university closures and the several, like my own, gearing up to open anyway.
I'm going to share a few quotes from Smith & Freyd 2014. I'm going to let you use your own interpretive lenses as you think about how you might apply institutional betrayal trauma theory in this pandemic.
Institutional betrayal is "trusted and powerful institutions (schools, churches, military, government) acting in ways that visit harm upon those dependent on them for safety and well-being." p. 575
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2 May 19
Things that can set women up for failure, a short thread. 1. Talking about them as though they are going to solve your problem, at a public forum, where you haven't told them in advance that you will be leaning on them in that way.
2. Leaving them out to dry when someone in the public forum starts questioning whether this thing needs to be done.
3. Not giving this person any clear mission, funding line, or title, nor making that clear to the audience upon whom you have sprung this information. So this woman is just a voice in the crowd and no one knows whether she has real expertise or authority.
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Things White Men Say to Me After I Give Talks on My Research on Sexual Harassment. A Thread.
“We definitely have the ocean of incivility problem, but not the iceberg problem. We don’t have sexual harassment.”

Me: “You need to assume sexual harassment is happening, whether or not you know about it. Because I promise it is.”

“Oh.”
“I’m really glad you’re here to give this talk. Though we don’t have sexual harassment problems here. It’s really great for women.”
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13 Oct 18
This civility framing bothers me SO MUCH as someone who actually studies civility. Let me briefly say why.
Incivility, defined as rude behaviors of ambiguous intent, are terrible for workplaces. People are less productive, and you even get more instances of sexual harassment. Bad stuff, right? Incivility is a lack of respect for your coworkers, a breach of professional conduct.
However: incivility, and civility, are context-specific. And like I said, it's rude and AMBIGUOUS. It instills unhappiness and uncertainty in its victims. What did I do? Why am I being targeted? Maybe I don't belong here.
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