September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne Welcome to my blog. I am an award winning educator with 8 years lecturing experience and 19 years experience of the sex industry. As a proud Dyslexic I am committed to innovative, creative and ‘out of the box’ ways of communicating information. I work as a full time University Teacher at the […]

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 Decriminalisation of Sex Work– report Home Office Prostitution Inquiry Report From Law Enforcement to Protection? Amnesty International Policy on […]

April 12

Podcast- “Who does she think she is!?”

This is a podcast recording I made by request after publishing previous posts. I have written about writing as rupture here and about the phenomology of anger here. As women, and in particular as working class precarious women, we need to learn how to be visible, that we are worthy of taking up space. I […]

April 12

SOCI349 Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry

This post will give you some more information about my award-winning module Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. This is a third year undergraduate module available at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK. You can read more about the module here on our university blog. You can also read more […]

April 11

Attention Whore: Writing to Rupture

I will start this post by thanking the formidable Mona Eltahawy for inspiring it with this essay here. If you are not familiar with Eltahawy’s work, I highly recommend her blog, twitter feed and her book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Girls and Women’. In her essay above Mona states that: “A woman who writes […]

April 04

Video post-rapists, violence, the war on lap dancing

**Trigger warning- this post talks about rape, sexual violence, prison and sex work*** Happy Easter Sunday. I want to thank the friends, family and peers I have been talking with about sexual violence and ‘carceral feminism’. Thank you for holding space for me and thank you for honouring my boundaries and loving me. I have […]

March 24

Plasticdollhead- The single

One of my brilliant former students Annie has a band called Shoplifter, and their debut single is named after this very blog: Plastic doll head! The biggest honour of my life. Check out their music page here. The single launches on Friday 26th March 2021. Gemma x

March 06

‘Carceral feminism’ and its critics

**Trigger warning, this blog post contains emotive and distressing descriptions and content. This is very much the start of a conversation and a series of articles I am drafting in response to critiques of ‘carceral feminism’. It is by no means an absolute answer. I will engage respectfully with those who wish to genuinely reach […]

March 06

Trauma and reclaiming the body

***Trigger warning: some of this content relates to sexual assault and trauma*** As with most of my ideas they emerge in the classroom or at random times. Instagram scrolling is totally work. One of the modules I lead is SOCI256 Power, Culture and Social Control. This is an innovative and exciting module to teach, with […]

February 27

Girl on Fire

“We reach her as, of course, as we meet all poetic resources blocked from us by mindless packaging and spiritless scholarship” (Adrienne Rich, 1993, p. 101). I write this the weekend before my 37th birthday. My Ph.D was a fluke. I had 6 hours to write my proposal after seeing the scholarship advert the day […]

February 22

Reconciliation and Lent

Two years ago on my blog I wrote the following: “Lent is a slow turning ourselves towards God. It is the season of Lent; a reckoning of how we see the world afresh through the lens of the cross“. It came after 2 crown court trials in a year and the worst time of my life. I […]

January 19

Pole Dance Pedagogy

I am currently writing a chapter centered on these experiences and was inspired to share a little here (read procrastinate). Twitter and my blog have been invaluable tools for me to develop my ideas and receive feedback, and I wish to thank all of those people who read this blog and offer comments. Marking essays […]