September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

            Dr. Gemma Ahearne My interests: Sex industry Women in prison The punishment in women’s centres Regulation of women’s bodies Instagram culture and plastic surgery 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 […]

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 […]

July 07

The messy spaces of justice

***Trigger warning, this posts discusses trauma and suicide******   Today I was preparing teaching materials for a first year module. I deliver the gender section.  Going through readings and clips I reminded myself of this bell hooks beauty. hooks speaks of love, and of the ability to have a radical openness that avoids the shutting […]

July 05

Smoky rooms of melancholic men

[Pictured is the now demolished ‘Blood Tub Hotel’, formally known as the New Dock Hotel, Birkenhead]. I didn’t realise how much I like pubs or relied on them,until COVID-19 shut the world down. Firstly, I rarely drink alcohol, and when I do it is whilst hosting friends at my house or dinners at theirs.  Apart […]

June 23

Publications

    Hi everyone, I have been asked to put some selected publications in an accessible place so I am listing them here.   Sex Workers in Prison Summary Report   They Only Care When There’s a Murder On: Contested Perceptions of Vulnerability   Paying the Price Sex Workers in Prison   GjSS Between Lapdancing […]

June 19

Page Three: The Naked Truth

I switched on Page Three: The Naked Truth with interest. The sex industry in all its guises is a contested space with campaigners calling to end the ‘exploitation’ and ‘objectification’ of women.   This fear of women displaying their breasts is nothing new. In the 1800s the anti-vice and puritan movements campaigned for Burlesque clubs […]

June 14

Trauma and OCGs

I have made the decision to cancel my zoom series for the time being. The focus on social media is on BLM as it should be. However I am finding the narratives on prison abolitionism and defunding the police extremely triggering. They have led to a series of severe panic attacks and I have to […]

April 28

COVID-19 and Sex Work Research

I have been granted ethical approval by the University of Liverpool to undertake this research. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted those working in the sex industry. If you would like further information, please email me or contact me on twitter @princessjack   Thank you,   gemma x  

March 22

Steadfast hope

  What a surreal week. I am still convinced I am living in an episode of Black Mirror.   Living through the initial stages of a global pandemic has been like standing on rail tracks waiting for the train to hit. I wrote about COVID-19 here.   There has been a variety of responses to […]

March 15

The challenge of COVID-19

We live in strange times. This feels like an episode of Black Mirror or a Netflix drama. I remain half convinced that this is a nightmare. It is important that we all write journals, blogs, video clips, tweets, and make sure this time is documented. The future sociologists, behavioural psychologists, historians, politicians…they will all want […]

February 02

Prisons and Theology

Today is the final day of Christmas, it’s Candlemas. Now we head towards Easter and if you are a Christian, the cross.   Yesterday I blogged about space and emotions.   Today Rev Richard Ormond  (highly recommend you give him a follow) tweeted the following link. “There’s something very powerful about our sense of place. […]

February 01

Feelings and space

I talk a lot about emotion and affect, feelings and space, the importance of viewing familiar spaces differently. My Ph.D thesis was heavily informed by such concepts. I embody many liminal spaces, and places are in flux. They change depending on how I am with and how I am feeling. When I take a familiar […]