Liz Henry

Contact: lizhenry@gmail.com

Street Art, 22nd and Mission

 

I'm a writer, literary translator, and long-time computer geek. I'll be writing here to give BlogHer readers an idea of what's happening in the women's blogosphere around the world; to cover technology events in relation to women in tech; and to highlight interesting bloggers in our publishing network.

Badgermama is my personal and mommyblog, where I often talk about being an "alternative parent". I blog on feminism, literature, and computer/internet stuff at Composite, and on the group blog at Feminist Science Fiction. You can buy my latest book, The WisCon Chronicles: Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction, from Aqueduct Press.  Some of my other published writing and translations are available in free downloads from bookmaniac.org.

 

You can contact me at: liz@bookmaniac.net .

 

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Two quotes from "New World Border" by Guillermo Gómez-Peña. One to be avoided, the other aspired to.

"Transculture" and hybridity have different connotations for a person of color than for an Anglo American. In the conflictive history of the North/South dialogue and the multicultural debate, Americans and Europeans have often performed involuntary colonialist roles. In their desire to help, they often unknowingly become ventriloquists, impresarios, flaneurs, messiahs, or cultural transvestites. Though painful, these forms of benign colonialism must be discussed openly..."

"An ability to understand the hybrid nature of culture develops from an experience of dealing with a dominant culture from the outside. The artist who understands and practices hybridity in this way can be at the same time an insider and an outsider, an expert in border crossings, a temporary member of multiple communities, a citizen of two or more nations. S/he performs multiple roles in multiple contexts. At times s/he can operate as a cross-cultural diplomat, as an intellectual coyote (smuggler of ideas) or a media pirate. At other times s/he assumes the role of nomadic chronicler, intercultural translators, or political trickster. S/he speaks from more than one perspective, to more than one community, about more than one reality. His/her job is to trespass, bridge, interconnect, reinterpret, remap, and redefine; to find the outer limits of his/her culture and cross them."

 

My Birth Son Probably Doesn't Know He's Adopted

I recently found out my birth son was likely never told he was adopted, and has been publicly speaking out about an ancestral heritage that, genetically, isn't entirely true. And I'm worried -- nay, freaked out -- about how he might feel, if he discovers his adoptive cultural background and biological background don't match....more
@Elaine Park Cannot *imagine* what on earth you mean :D :Dmore

My Birth Son Probably Doesn't Know He's Adopted

I recently found out my birth son was likely never told he was adopted, and has been publicly speaking out about an ancestral heritage that, genetically, isn't entirely true. And I'm worried -- nay, freaked out -- about how he might feel, if he discovers his adoptive cultural background and biological background don't match....more
Please just tell him!   He can make the decision, now, as an adult, how he wants to deal with ...more

Announcing the Voices of the Year '12 Honorees and Readers!

Today we are pleased and proud to announce the next group of people who will see that view for themselves. It's time to announce the final 2012 BlogHer Voices of the Year!...more
Oops, people are congratulating me but it's Liz Henry from Six Year Itch who lives in Philly, ...more

Should Polyamorous Parents Raise a Child Together?

My mom watches Good Morning America, affectionately known by the acronym GMA, every day. Living away from home has made me miss it and all its ridiculousness; while the first five minutes are devoted to actual news, the rest is made up of trendy lifestyle pieces like this one, about a woman and two men in a polyamorous relationship. Unlike the Browns of TLC's Sister Wives, Jaiya Ma, Jon Hanauer, and Ian Ferguson are not in a polygamous relationship. My thoughts on this kind of living situation are mixed. If there weren't a child involved, I would have no problems with it at all. ...more
Frankly, I find this title is a bit offensive. What do you suggest people who are poly and have ...more

What Are You Reading? November 2011

I can't decide if I am really happy that October is behind me (October is always super busy at my house) or if I'm slightly panicked at the idea of it being November 2011 already. Where did 2011 go? Maybe I should just hide my head in a pile of books for the rest of the year. I have plenty of goodies to choose from. Here's what I'm tentatively looking at....more
I just read fantasy YA novel Eon and its sequel, Eona. Both excellent! They have to do with ...more

(Trigger Alert) Updated: Texas Judge Beats Daughter, And I'm So Glad She Taped It

I have never written a post before while sobbing. And I'm not being melodramatic -- this video has taken something primal in my brain and it is responding to this girl's cries. I feel insane with anger right now. Please know if you read this post, you will be disturbed. I'm writing it because abuse needs to be exposed, and this man needs to be punished. ...more
To me it read like the mom was trying to protect her daughter by taking over the "discipline" ...more

(Trigger Alert) Updated: Texas Judge Beats Daughter, And I'm So Glad She Taped It

I have never written a post before while sobbing. And I'm not being melodramatic -- this video has taken something primal in my brain and it is responding to this girl's cries. I feel insane with anger right now. Please know if you read this post, you will be disturbed. I'm writing it because abuse needs to be exposed, and this man needs to be punished. ...more
I'd also like to say I think this is an important video to show to teenagers. It shows the power ...more

(Trigger Alert) Updated: Texas Judge Beats Daughter, And I'm So Glad She Taped It

I have never written a post before while sobbing. And I'm not being melodramatic -- this video has taken something primal in my brain and it is responding to this girl's cries. I feel insane with anger right now. Please know if you read this post, you will be disturbed. I'm writing it because abuse needs to be exposed, and this man needs to be punished. ...more
The poster of the video is 23 or 24 now. She taped this years ago and only just posted it. ...more

(Trigger Alert) Updated: Texas Judge Beats Daughter, And I'm So Glad She Taped It

I have never written a post before while sobbing. And I'm not being melodramatic -- this video has taken something primal in my brain and it is responding to this girl's cries. I feel insane with anger right now. Please know if you read this post, you will be disturbed. I'm writing it because abuse needs to be exposed, and this man needs to be punished. ...more
Reportedly, his 12 year old daughter is still (at least partly) in his care. She's the little ...more

The Unintended Consequences of Cyberbullying Rhetoric

We all know that teen bullying - both online and offline - has devastating consequences. Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide is a tragedy. He was tormented for being gay. He knew he was being bullied and he regularly talked about the fact that he was being bullied. Online, he even wrote: "I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?" The fact that he could admit that he was being tormented coupled with the fact that he asked for help and folks didn't help him should be a big wake-up call. We have a problem. ...more
That was a great paper! I especially liked this summary of the gender issues, which struck ...more