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, […]

Sex Work Event 1st March 2017

girl_power_final_logo January 14

The fear-mongering of the smear

Mention ‘smear tests’ (or ‘pap tests’ to our American friends) and everybody has an opinion. Many will have had an experience with abnormal cells themselves, and consequent procedures. Many will have heard about friends who have undergone such anxiety-ridden times. And most will say women should/must/have to have smear tests. And I am here to […]

horse2 January 02

Hello 2017

  Hey. Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog post of the year. I will aim to write on here regularly over the next 12 months, and  will finally blog about my Ph.D research. I never make new year resolutions, but instead make a list of goals/ things to try/ additions to the bucket list […]

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 […]