September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne My main interests are the sex industry, gender, women in prison, women’s bodies, medical control of women, mental health, poverty, class, creative research methods. I welcome contact from any prospective students or research partners. 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.   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, […]

July 14

Maria with the Red Hair

After I left sixth form, my dad died. After my undergraduate, my husband was in a coma in intensive care. And after getting my Ph.D we have had lots of family health problems and other traumas to contend with. Academia has been the last thing on my mind, and I certainly have a lot of […]

March 01

Activism Barbie

    Firstly I would like to thank Dr Paula Singleton of Leeds Beckett University, whom you can contact on twitter here. Paula very kindly shared her resources and ideas with me, and you can read about some of her Activism Barbie workshops on her blog. I would also like to thank Dr Kay Standing, Reader in […]

Sex Work Event 1st March 2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]