Nerdy Burlesque Dancer M Simona Stephenson (aka Myzchief Du Voodoo)

FB_IMG_1503312077836And now for something a little different: Dancer/promoter M Simona Stephenson (stage name Myzchief Du Voodoo) has been actively performing burlesque outside of her bathroom mirror for almost three years. She was just won Master of Improv at the 2017 Burlypicks Utah competition and is headed to the Burlypicks World Championship Finals in Denver later this summer. We talked to her about feminism, her nerdy upbringing and making geekery sexy.

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Why You Need A Sensitivity Reader (aka Don’t Ask Me To Do Emotional Labor For Free)

black woman readingA few months ago, a white author posted a comment in one of the Facebook groups I moderate seeking a beta reader for the steampunk story he was writing. Because his main character is Asian and he clearly is not, he was interested in finding a person of color to read the story. My response was “hire an Asian sensitivity reader.” Continue reading “Why You Need A Sensitivity Reader (aka Don’t Ask Me To Do Emotional Labor For Free)”