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

And 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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A Fangirl’s Manifesto: Avoiding the Gatekeepers (in Any Fandom)

NoEntryI was a teenager when I started to like jazz. In high school, my marching band director played John Coltrane and Miles Davis in his office, the notes wafting in and out of our practice room during our breaks. I bought jazz CDs through that Columbia House CD Club scam when I was in college and by the time I was in grad school, I was crate digging for jazz on vinyl at local record shops. However, it wasn’t until I got deep into the Cincinnati jazz scene that I fell in love with the art of the live jazz show…and subsequently learned what gatekeeping was. Read More