"Deeply midwestern" Charlesia McKinney joins Nadia Imafidon for a discussion about understanding your pleasure wants and needs, her needs as a fat, Black, queer woman, and how we can all get in mind/body alignment with our pleasure practices. A first-generation PhD candidate whose dissertation investigates Black women's relationship to pleasure through the lens of literacy, Charlesia (shar-LEE-see-uh) advocates for listening to cues from your body to learn how to honor both your sexual and non-sexual pleasures.
Charlesia is a PhD candidate in English at a University of Kansas and a dissertation fellow at Middle Tennessee State for 2021-2022. Her research and teaching interests regard rhetoric and writing, Black feminist theories and literacies, pleasure politics, fat studies, Disney, and queer theory. She is a devoted nap enthusiast, tv watcher, and karaoke lover. Taurus Sun, Virgo Rising, and Cancer Moon.