plastic20 September 23

Conferences, Teaching, Publications

I thought this would be a good place for me to list the papers I am doing, and to connect with other researchers, academics, sex workers, professionals, students. If anyone is attending any of the forthcoming events it would be great to virtually ‘meet’ you beforehand. Likewise if you know of any relevant events please […]

plastic152 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.   I am going to update the list here: Home Office Prostitution Inquiry Report From Law Enforcement to Protection? Amnesty International Policy on Sex Work   Documentaries and Videos Lies, […]

toni2 September 14

Pole Power and Take Back the Night

. Photo is of my pole teacher, performer, British Pole Dance Champion, writer and studio owner Toni Mansell. Toni has a blog called The Political Poledancer.   ‘In a Capitalist society, no one is concerned about how empowering someone’s job is- unless it’s sex work’. Readers of my blog will know I have an issue […]

stripper-pic September 10

Revelations and the Researcher

¬†(Picture of performer¬†Delilah Jones). I first went to university in 2002 to study Philosophy at a Redbrick. I hated it. I danced at the same time and dropped out 18 months in. There is no way in hell I could have completed that degree. My father died a week before I started uni, and everything […]

the-end September 10

Ph.D submission

    On the 31st of August 2016 I submitted my thesis. There were no fireworks, corks popping, no punching the air and no real feeling of victory. Just relief. I felt like I had a clear head for the first time in over 3 years. I needed a rest. And then within a few […]

gypsy August 03

Yes a Stripper

Recently there has been the #yesastripper hashtag, where dancers have been taking back control of their portrayal. I have recently returned to pole as a form of fitness, (it is THE best exercise I have ever done, and the most fun) and as such I have been following a lot of pole-based blogs, Instagram feeds […]

einstein August 02

Writing up

Sorry I have been so quiet on my blog this year, I have been writing up and busy with work. I am nearly there now… I hope! Hoping to submit by 30th September for a December viva. I am going through days of wanting to run away, and getting into a meaty bit and loving […]

babyblog February 07

The Real Motherhood Challenge

    So, by now you have all seen the motherhood challenge. I don’t like it. It made me feel uncomfortable. And no, not because I don’t have children.¬† Plenty of mothers don’t like the challenge either. I don’t like the way it’s framed and it brought up a lot of other thoughts for me […]

selfie2 January 29

But first let me take a selfie

I am fascinated by selfies! I am a sociologist who gets excited by most things,so selfies, along with celebrity culture and social media, get me truly fascinated! My friend and former colleague Jocelyn Murtell is completing her Ph.D on Selfies at the moment. You can follow Jocelyn over on twitter here. I get so frustrated […]