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Thoughts on queer time and this late post

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Obviously, this post is late. The minute I walked into class today I realized I hadn't posted and my first thought was, "Oh no I screwed up and forgot!" I gave very little thought to it, other than concluding that I should definitely make a post later that night. However, I was really intrigued when Anne brought up the idea of queer time in relation to people not making posts on time this weekend. Was I living on queer time when I forgot to make a post? I had so much other stuff going on this past weekend, academically and with Lantern Night, so making a post on Serendip was not front and center in my mind. For any ambitious student at any other college, putting a cultish tradition above homework would probably seem irresponsible, but for me I hardly put any thought to it. Lantern Night and Step Sing were higher on my priority list for that day, and that was it. Is that an example of me living on queer time, ordering my priorities in a way that does not necessarily follow what would be normative outside of Bryn Mawr? Our discussion of queer time today also got me thinking about how ingrained normative time is not just in academic institutions, but in individuals (of course I can only speak from my perspective there). When Anne talked about running a class on queer time and simply saying that we'd have to have four papers written by some far off date, Caroline mentioned how she would put herself on a schedule and set her own deadlines. I would absolutely do the same sort of thing, because I know I couldn't function and get work done efficiently if I didn't have deadlines set by myself or someone else. If I'm setting my own deadlines, is that me imposing normative time on myself? If living on queer time really meant going with the flow and not following deadlines and doing things as you feel inspired, I don't know if I could ever fully live on queer time. I think I'd go crazy. I'm a very organized person, and I need to have a schedule and routine in order to function. (I've always wanted to be a spontaneous person that just goes with the flow and barrels through life without a solid plan, but my mind, for whatever reason, simply cannot function that way.) Does that make me a "victim" of society's imposed normative time? Is it possible for one to live in between queer time and normative time? Is there an advantage of one time over the other? Is it helping us at all by talking about so abstract a concept? I love some of the ideas of living on queer time, and in many aspects of my life do follow a sort of qeer time, but in the end, we still have a paper due by 5pm on Sunday. So what is the end point for this discussion?