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Lori Beth De Hertogh's Introduction to FSDW

Hello Everyone!

About Me
My name is Lori Beth De Hertogh, and I am a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Washington State University.  My primary areas of study are computers & writing and digital feminist rhetorics, but I am also interested in issues related to open-access educational technologies and digital publishing.
Prior to attending WSU, I served as the Assistant Director of Composition at Appalachian State University as well as a Digital Media Consultant for ASU’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program.  Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, camping, gardening, and doing nerdy stuff with new media and writing.
My Project 
I’m working on a manuscript very tentatively titled “Lifting the Blue Curtain: A Critical Look at Cyberfeminist Rhetorical Tactics and Material Rhetorics in the Birth Without Fear Blogging Community.”  The purpose of this project is to explore how women in the Birth Without Fear community subvert web-based censorship of birth-related materials using social media technologies.
What I’d like to Get Out of the Workshop
I’d like to do two things with this manuscript 1.) Revise it for a dissertation chapter and 2.) Revise it for publication.  (I'm not yet sure which publication outlet I want to send it to.)  I’m interested in receiving feedback that helps me accomplish these goals.  I would also appreciate feedback that helps me revise the piece in such a way that it is theoretically- and disciplinarily-grounded, yet accessible (and dare I say interesting?) to non-specialist readers.
Aside from receiving feedback, I’m also interested in just hanging out with folks who are invested in feminist scholarship and research.  :)
Previous Experiences
As a writer and composition teacher, I have extensive experience with both facilitating and participating in peer-review workshops.  At Appalachian State University, I also helped run the Writing Teachers Writing Workshop group.
My experiences as a feminist scholar are varied: I have been working on feminist-oriented research since I was an undergraduate at The University of Southern Mississippi where I studied African women’s literature.  As an M.A. student, I continued research in this area and wrote a master’s thesis which explored grassroots feminism and female solidarity in the works of two West African women writers.  I have also published several articles that deal with feminist issues, the latest of which was a feminist rhetorical analysis of the blog Birth Without Fear. 
My Contact Information
I can be reached via email at or on Twitter @lbdehertogh.  You can find out more about me and my teaching and research interests on my personal website.

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Hi Lori, welcome to our workshopping group! 

I've posted a blog post here for folks in our group to chime in on. Please take a look and let me/us know what you think. Thanks!