September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

            Dr. Gemma Ahearne My main research interests are the sex industry; women in prison; the harms of community punishment of women; organized crime groups (OCG’s); medical sociology; celebrity culture and theology. I love both research and teaching, and aim to use innovative exciting methods in both the research field […]

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 […]

December 05

Teach Out: The Sexual City

There has been national strike action for 8 days for the UCU. Staff at 60 universities across the UK have walked out calling for meaningful discussions over pensions, pay, the gender pay gap and the casualization of labour. I have only been in my new job since September 30th but it was a privilege to […]

November 09

I stand with lap dancers

Another day and another lazy piece churned out in the press by a privileged middle class women who is happy to use the subject of lap dancing to get her fee.   I am not going to link it because it’s the same conflated mess you can find anywhere.   It is not helpful to […]

November 09

The Sociology of Plastic Surgery

      I have given many lectures on the beauty myth, selfies, Instagram, and the cultivation of the capital of beauty. I am also interested in the medical regulation of women’s bodies.   Cosmetic surgery is where these all combine.   As with all of my research interests, I have personal experience. At 18 […]

September 01

Humility and Hospitality

    Today my research on organized crime groups was quoted in the Liverpool Echo. And this morning in church our gospel reading was Luke 14. 1, 7-14 which was brilliantly apt and spoke to me about so much. It is a part of the gospel of St. Luke where we are really getting into […]

September 01

Talk at Bloc Projects Sheffield

  Yesterday I gave a performative talk at Bloc Projects in Sheffield. This was part of Alison J. Carr’s ‘Into The Spotlight’ exhibition.  Thank you to my wonderful friend Jess who took this photograph. I recently gave sensory guided walks for FACT in Liverpool which I blogged about here. Yesterday was a brilliant experience, I […]

August 29

Critical thinking and drugs policy

My research on Organized Crime Groups (OCG’s) has been quoted in the Liverpool Echo Sunday 1st September 2019. I am the Co-Founder and Facilitator of a social group for blind and visually impaired people. On bank holiday Monday we had a lovely walk and then a few soft drinks outside a pub enjoying the sun. […]

August 25

Judgement

  Just chilling out on a sunny bank holiday Sunday afternoon reflecting on today’s sermon. The gospel reading was Luke 13:10-17. The passage which focuses on judgement resonated with a lot of debates I have had recently which have focused on the ‘other’, and in particular their worth or their status of being deserving or […]