September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne My main research interests are the sex industry, women in prison, organized crime groups (OCG’s). I welcome contact from any prospective students or research partners. I love both research and teaching, and aim to use innovative exciting methods in both the research field and my pedagogical approach. My aim is to break […]

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   I am going to update the list here: Decriminalisation of Sex Work– report Home Office Prostitution Inquiry Report […]

April 21

Easter Sunday

He is risen. At this point there is confusion. Where is His body? The gospel of St. John 20.1-18 tells us the story, and we imagine it almost in real time. A frazzled and faithful Mary Magdalene running to exclaim that the Lord’s body has been taken. Mary just wants the body back. Anyone who […]

April 07

Jesus and sex workers

I was going to think of a snappier title but this post is about Jesus and sex workers, so there it is folks. Not in a rescue industry way. Not in a redemption and at-a-distance ‘pray for them’ way. I recently wrote a piece for the March 2019 issue of our parish magazine about ‘Evangelism […]

April 06

The angel and the girl

I must thank my lovely friend Ros for introducing me to this poem ‘The Angel and the Girl’ by Edwin Muir. Read it through a few times in its entire form (ideally aloud!) for its true beauty. “See, they have come together, see, While the destroying minutes flow, Each reflect’s the other’s face, Til heaven […]

April 03

Motivated

Just a note really to say that I am feeling motivated and positive. Living with Complex PTSD has been absolute hell at times, and it’s taken me a long time to begin to process my feelings. Leaving academia has been hard too and I have had a grieving process for the journey I thought my […]

April 01

6 years of blogging

WordPress has just graciously informed me that it’s my 6 year blogging anniversary. Where have 6 years gone?! I have had to set a lot of the content to private (professional image and all that) but I appreciate every single comment, tweet and conversation about this blog. I could not have written my Ph.D without […]

March 25

Lent

Today is the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bet you weren’t expecting a touch of Theology in this blog, but in the absence of me creating a separate one, you can thank me later. I have been reflecting on Lent and what it means to me. What does it […]

March 24

Regulating Women

As a Sociologist with a key interest in gender, you would imagine I am not surprised by internalised misogyny.  Yet it never fails to frustrate, disappoint and sadden me. This week I have seen a few nasty social media comments and threads regarding the regulation of other women.  Comments on sex work are always full […]