September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne My interests: Sex industry Women in prison Mental health and trauma The punishment in women’s centres Regulation of women’s bodies Instagram culture and plastic surgery Celebrity Medical sociology, in particular the PIP implant scandal, vaginal mesh scandal, Endometriosis and violence of gendered medicine Food poverty/insecurity Relationship between religious right and sex work […]

December 29

Let’s Talk About Sex…. Work Resources

I am going to keep an updated list here of useful sex work articles and links that students or anyone else interested can easily access.   Open Access Journals   Social Sciences Sex Work Edition 2017 Decriminalisation of Sex Work– report Home Office Prostitution Inquiry Report From Law Enforcement to Protection? Amnesty International Policy on […]

November 09

Writing is rupture

I write a lot. For myself mostly. Private blog posts, journal, stories, lists, letters. Anything and everything. It is how I think and grapple with contested ideas. When I was at primary school we had the honour of having Toxteth poet Levi Tafari come and read to us. He told us we could be writers […]

November 08

Criminologist or Criminal? Liminal spaces and trauma

[**trigger warning- this post contains depictions of extreme violence that you may find causes distress**]. A recent incident by a journalist has left me reeling in terms of mental heath. I have decided to share this writing here and welcome contact from fellow survivors. I will not be debating abolitionism or having to justify or […]

November 02

Remember mental health

[Recently diagnosed Dyslexic- please excise any typos or grammar issues]. Yesterday was All Saints’ Day and today is All Souls’ Day. These are celebrated in various ways around the world. People attend services, light candles and visit their dead. In particular I am drawn to the Mexican traditions of ‘Day of the Dead’, which were […]

October 25

The Sociology of Food Poverty

[In October 2020 I was diagnosed with Dyslexia hence any grammar misgivings or typos. The new WordPress layout is not dyslexia-friendly]. In 2013 I started this blog as I way of storing my ideas and receiving feedback on my Ph.D research and progress. Over the years the readership has changed and often I use my […]

September 06

Phenomenology of Anger

“Our struggles can have meaning and our privileges- however precarious under patriarchy- can be justified only if they help to change the lives of women whose gifts- and whose very being, continue to be thwarted and silenced” (Adrienne Rich, 1979, p.38). When I say I like writing it won’t surprise you that I don’t mean […]

August 31

The myth of beauty

  Beauty Myth It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I popped into town on the way home from lunch to grab some beauty bits. A disclaimer- I am no fashionista! Most of the time I have a pineapple head, no make up and am wearing training gear or my dressing gown.  I have a complicated relationship […]

August 30

The digital self and boundaries

  I am writing this on a bank holiday Sunday afternoon. The dogs have been walked at one of our favourite places pictured here in the glorious sun, the house is scrubbed, online church done, incense and candles are on, and I am gearing up to peel myself off the sofa and head back out. […]

August 26

Bearing witness

You can probably tell I am coming to the end of a long period of annual leave (5 glorious weeks to be exact). My mind is clearer and I am re-energised and motivated. My husband took this photo of me today, and it made me think. Good charities and orgs want their clients to develop […]

August 25

Spiritual Nourishment

  This photo was taken on a beautiful day which I blog about here. It seems like a lifetime ago now, before the pandemic that has changed our lives beyond recognition. This picture speaks of joy, of togetherness, of spiritual nourishment, of quality time with my mum, a circle of strong women who uplift one […]

August 24

Orange is the New Black: Women’s Centres Continued

[Image belongs to Dr Nicola Harding, Lancaster University, and was accessed from Nicola’s twitter account. Nicola has written a leading text on women’s centres, you can access it here .]   My previous post on women’s centres can be accessed here.  I have also written about them in this earlier post.    My main arguments […]