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 […]

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 […]

January 14

Self care is a radical act

  “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” —Audre Lorde I have used this Lorde quotation before and it is resonating more than ever. One day I will share more of my story with you, wax drippings onto scorched paper, but for now I must […]

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 […]