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We're pleased to announce that we're expanding our ranks and welcoming three additional contributing editors to Lady Business. Please say hello to Clare, Ira, and Susan!

Clare has written multiple excellent guest posts for us, like the ever-popular essay A History of Western Media Fandom and Christ, I Miss The Cold War: Judi Dench's M, and is currently contributing to the ongoing Xena: The Warrior Princess project with Renay. We're happy more of Clare's insights into pop culture and fannish history will be appearing at Lady Business.

Ira has written several awesome guest posts for us in 2015, like Dragon Age: Inquisition -- Glimmering Gems in a Morass of Disappointment and Sites of Transgression and Bisexual Themes in Agent Carter. They also designed, drew, and colored the cute pony art that we use to represent editors. We're excited to feature more of Ira's perspective on gender, art, and history.

Susan's most recent guest post was Red, Green, Blue (Mass Effect), an attempt to convince people to play a certain life-ruining, soul-crushing video game (thanks for the emotional trauma). She also contributed one of the first rec lists to the early days of Lady Business! We're stoked to have even more of Susan's point of view on video games, manga, and super classy M/M erotica here at the blog.

Onward, to learn more about the new faces you'll be seeing! :D

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Queer lady geek Clare McBride was raised by French wolves in the American South. Exposure to toxic levels of VH1’s I Love the 80s, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a preteen mutated her into the woman that we know today: an entity all about fandom, feminism, pop culture, speculative fiction, queer history, and any other way those words can go together. There is no cure for her addiction to run-on sentences.

Clare blogs about books and movies at The Literary Omnivore and is a first reader for Strange Horizons.

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Ira is an illustrator and gamer who decided that disagreeing with everyone would be a good way to spend their time on the internet. Ira has been a voracious reader of books since before they can remember, and their friends have been subjected to their opinions for long enough -- it's time for everyone else to take a turn. Ira has been, at various times, an internationally ranked competitive rock climber, a martial artist, a web developer, and a teacher. Ira discovered feminism and then it all went downhill from there; they now wish to analyze books, comics, games, movies, and TV shows from an intersectional feminist perspective. They wish to branch out into editing, pro writing, and video editing. Ira lives in Pittsburgh with their three cats and Corgi.

Ira makes art and fanfic and posts them variously to their tumblr and AO3 account.

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Susan is a library assistant who uses her insider access to keep her shelves and to-read list permanently over-flowing. Her current quest is to devour all of the stories involving heists, mythology, LGBT detectives, magical girls, and/or female warriors that she can get her hands on, while flailing to anyone who'll listen about her finds. She lives in England with her Spousal Unit and insufficient bookcases.

Susan can primarily be found capslocking wildly on twitter and posting fanfiction.

Please give them a warm welcome to the Lady Business team! :D
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