Alums who do cool things: Aida Manduley ‘11

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If you’re an upperclassman, you probably remember Aida Manduley walking across campus in her bright orange tights and pink metallic Doc Martens. She may have approached you and handed you a condom. If you don’t know Aida, you’re in luck: she’s back on campus to present a workshop on sex toys for Sex Week. Queering the Toybox will take place TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 13) in Metcalf Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m.

If you’re a sex toy expert, or if the thought of using a hunk of plastic to pleasure yourself freaks you out: attend the workshop! Aida will introduce some new cutting-edge sex toys, like eco-friendly items and toys using microchips.

Mags sat down with Aida last week to learn about her time at Brown and her life as an alum. Aida hails from Puerto Rico. Her sexual development began online, finding comfort and support through online forums and communities. When she got to Brown, she immersed herself in work with the Queer Alliance, eventually branching out into broader sex and sexuality topics. SHEEC, the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council, started in 2007, Aida’s freshman year. The next year, Aida became SHEEC Chair and Sex Week became her brain child.  Sex Week has started some amazing events, such as Spoon Me, Fork Me: An Evening of Sensual Pleasures (a discussion of food porn). It also has featured amazing speakers like Megan Andelloux, the founder of the Center for Sexual Health and Pleasure (CSHP) in Pawtucket, RI.

Aida started working as a CSHP intern during her time at Brown, but recently took her work to a new level. She is now the programming and development coordinator of the center, presenting on sexual health and pleasure around the East Coast and creating sex positive educational resources.

When Aida graduated, she realized she didn’t just want to focus on the pleasurable aspects of sexuality. She started talking about the darker side of sexuality, starting work at Sojourner House: an advocacy and resource center for domestic violence victims. Originally hired as an HIV/AIDS outreach counselor, Aida became more of an empowerment counselor, helping women who had been sexually victimized regain control over their own sexualities and their bodies. She works in both individual and group settings to provide support and guidance to women, giving them the tools they need to reclaim their lives.

Come support Aida and learn about sex toys at her Sex Week presentation, Queering the Toybox. Again, it’s TODAY (Wednesday, March 13) from 7-8:30 p.m. in Metcalf Auditorium. You could even win some free stuff! For more information on all of the Sex Week events, check out our earlier post or the Sex Week website.

SEX WEEK UPDATE: The Lace and Leather Burlesque Show and Workshop now has a time and place: Sunday, March 17 from 7-8 p.m. in List 120. Come strut your stuff on the runway… or just sit back and enjoy the show!

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