Profile

Scrapbook photo 1
Scrapbook photo 2
Scrapbook photo 3
Scrapbook photo 4
Scrapbook photo 5
Liz Henry
Works at BlogHer
Attended University of Texas
Lives in California
20,044 followers|125,952 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
OK that made me cry. Very sweet!
26
Tamara Fraimowicz's profile photo
 
beautiful
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Poor Phillip! hahahah!
2
jonathan kasempa's profile photo
 
Kikikikikikikikikiki hahahhahahahahahaha...................
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
This is the BEST!
4
2
Jon Gorrono's profile photoDavid Lyons's profile photo
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
this is Ms. B havin  not trina!
2
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

Shared publicly  - 
 

A good breakdown of the problems.
4
2
Lainie Duro's profile photoSepideh Miller's profile photo
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
20,044 people

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Why didn't any of those people watching try to help, pull the car up slowly, or whatever! That guy's life was in danger. People are.... not smart sometimes
7
1
Xeno Phrenia's profile photoRobert Headley's profile photoKatje Sabin's profile photoFollyOfArsinoe's profile photo
5 comments
 
"People are not smart sometimes". Surely, you're referring to the man with the camera...
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
That was beautiful
5
jonathan kasempa's profile photo
 
wow
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
Surely the best silent movie where someone gets pecked in the butt by geese, ever.
2
Henry Chavarria Benavides's profile photoMaggie Brazeau's profile photoRick Rubenstein's profile photo
3 comments
 
No se ve nada
 ·  Translate
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

Shared publicly  - 
 
Noisebridge passed a provisional 3 month anti-harassment policy. An interesting experiment!  I'm heartened that it's going to be tried!
 
Last night, Noisebridge broke tradition and enacted an Anti-Harassment policy.  Here's why that matters.

For the last five years, Noisebridge, one of the oldest hackerspaces in the country, has been run as a consensus-based anarchist collective that had just one rule: "Be excellent to one another."  It's consensus-driven political process means that any major changes to the space that go beyond its typical "doocracy" have to be put up for consensus, a system in which a single member's refusal to agree can shut down an otherwise popular request.  The consensus process is one that is not conducive to much in the way of governance, though this is of course generally viewed as more of a feature than a bug; it ensures that the space remain true to its anarchist roots.

Recently, this has become more and more problematic, as attempts to remove sexual predators from the space have been stymied by the presence of lone, oblivious members of the community who simply refuse to believe that someone they consider a friend might not be a friend to women in the space.  The situation at Noisebridge has gotten so bad (alongside other issues such as dirtiness and homeless people living in the space) that long-time members went so far as to put in a proposal that Noisebridge seek to terminate its lease[1], presumably to then rebirth itself at a new location with tighter access control.  Although it was clear that this proposal would never pass consensus, the decision was made that we would discuss the reasons why it was proposed, in the hopes of fixing the underlying issues in the future.  By sheer luck, the meeting had been scheduled shortly after a feminist hacking event sponsored by Double-Union, a local feminist hackerspace, and as a result a large contingent of woman hackers was present.  Stories pretty quickly came out about why so many were willing to let the space die.

I've been spending time at Noisebridge for the last year, and in that time, I've been harassed by multiple people on many different occasions, almost always with members present.  Never once has a member intervened or spoken up on my behalf: not when Weev called me a cunt or made anti-semitic, anti-mormon, anti-woman, anti-gay jokes loudly in the space, not when someone loudly (and descriptively) told me about the "sluts" they double-penetrated the night before, not when an individual (upon seeing me about to leave the space on my Powerisers) declared "I love your stilts.  I'm going to make you my bride and then those will be mine" before slapping my ass as I was leaving just a few weeks ago.  The closest thing I have felt to supported in the space was when one individual decided to doocratically paint over the bathroom wall, which at the time was covered in images of maimed and broken crying women with enormous tits and waists so thin they would make Barbie jealous.  It has become abundantly clear to most women in the space that "Be Excellent" has failed us.  

Any other night, the telling of these stories would simply have been an explanation of why we were willing to let go of Noisebridge, why we were ready to withdraw from the community, but that night we had just come from a room full of interesting, engaging, awesome feminist hackers, and I had sitting in my email a very clear anti-harassment policy that had been created by the good folks at the +Ada Initiative and the ladies of Double Union.  Once the dust had settled, we made a proposal: to adopt an anti-harassment policy, post it visibly in the space, and empower members to remove the toxic elements from the community, without having to go through the consensus process to do so.  The policy we proposed is as follows:

Noisebridge is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or space in any form. Sexual language and imagery should be only be used for positive purposes in accordance with best practices advocated by professional sex educators (if you’re not sure what those are, don’t do it). People violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the discretion of any Noisebridge member.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. People asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately."

The key strength of the policy is that it allows a member to kick someone out, without requiring consensus to do so.  This prevents the situation we've sadly been dealing with in which individuals regularly block attempts to remove predators from the space, but brought some concerns about evidence and the possibility of innocent people being excluded.  The policy did pass (provisionally), but not without objection.  The arguments against it were the standard ones: free speech, false accusations, and straight-up denial of there being a problem at all.  A few people expressed concerns about the possibility of the policy being used in retaliatory ways (the old "false-rape accusations" argument), including Monad, the lone member who threatened to block.  He, of course is responsible for perhaps the best quote of the night: "The first sentence is fine.....the rest of it is just stupid to me."

Monad was demonstrating exactly the problem Noisebridge has had for years.  He was fine with the idea of there being a policy, with saying "Noisebridge is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience," but he balked at the idea of defining what harassment was or creating any system by which it could be dealt with.  In short, he wanted to simply be able to say "be excellent" and have it happen, but wasn't willing to accept that for some things, specifics are needed.

Some arguments, especially those that erupted on twitter after Leif Ryge, a Noisebridge member, tweeted his displeasure about the policy [2], centered on the idea that it was tantamount to censorship, banning "sexual imagery and language."  Of course, Leif's tweet was misleading, as the policy doesn't ban sexual language & imagery entirely, just mandates that "Sexual language and imagery should be only be used for positive purposes."   It's a far cry from the "censorship" that some people are claiming this represents.

In the end, we weren't able to convince Monad from backing down on his threat to block, a position he justified by claiming that the policy might be used alongside false accusations as a way of removing people you don't like from the space, so we settled on a compromise: to pass the measure with an expiration date, so that we could have a few months to tweak the language, perfect it and smooth out any issues, and see whether or not any of these "false accusations" that are so often the favorite arguments of rape apologists actually occurred.  To those of you that believe that the policy is needed, but needs some tweaking, I hope that you will use the time between now and January to iron out the details and come back with an even better policy: one that makes it clear that harassment is not acceptable behavior in the space, that still has teeth, and that can draw clear lines and boundaries that ensure that unwanted sexual attention is unacceptable while perhaps approaching the issue from a slightly more sex-positive standpoint.

[1]https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2013_09_17#Proposals_from_last_week
[2]https://twitter.com/wiretapped/status/382872227156205570
11
1
Karma Bennett's profile photoTree Fitzpatrick's profile photoIonas Porges-Kiriakou's profile photoNaomi Most's profile photo
9 comments
 
+Tree Fitzpatrick The "hacker part" is a red herring, one that tends to obfuscate the real social work that needs to be done, and tends also to set bits in people's heads that tell them that the social work in question is beneath them.
Add a comment...

Liz Henry

Shared publicly  - 
 

OK this is awesome. And Grace Brooks needs a Wikipedia page!
Grace Brooks Circa 1740-1810 My adoration of Grace begins when I first find that in January of 1788 she is manumitted along with her daughter Phebe and her granddaughter Prissilla by John Singleton of Talbot County. They ...
2
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
20,044 people
Work
Occupation
Web Producer
Employment
  • BlogHer
    Web Producer, present
  • Socialtext, Inc.
  • University of Chicago
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
California
Previously
Houston - Chicago - Tuscon - Austin - Santa Fe - Irvine - Detroit - Houston - Ithaca - Narragansett
Contact Information
Work
Email
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
Story
Tagline
Anarchafeminist geek, utopian technopoet
Introduction
You have found the incorrect Liz.
Education
  • University of Texas
  • DeAnza College
  • San Francisco State
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Lizzard
Nice hot chocolate, applestrudel, and a place to relax and read after going to museums. There are newspapers and it is warm and nice inside. There is table service. Coffee is normally served on a little silver tray with a small glass of water. Accessibility: There is one small step up into the cafe as in most restaurants and shops in the Inner Stadt, shallow enough to go up backwards in a manual chair if you have the strength, and the doors push open both ways. The bathroom was doable for a very small wheelchair but not for most powerchairs. There is plenty of room in the cafe to fit in wheelchairs among the tables and seating -- it was not cramped.
• • •
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Reasonably wheelchair accessible with a large elevator, accessible bathrooms, and some signage. The people at the front desk will call you a taxi if you would like one. After the other parts of the Hofburg I visited, this was a relief and I really appreciated the improved access.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
29 reviews
Map
Map
Map
A beautiful harbor with good neighbors!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago