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, celebrity. 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 […]

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 16

Marie McCourt

On Wednesday 14th March I attended the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS) Masterclass at the Liverpool Medical Institution. Recently I have been thinking about different concepts of justice that focus on the victim-survivor and no case could be more relevant than murder where no remorse is shown. Marie McCourt is a dignified woman and engaging speaker, […]

March 16

LJMU welcome Charlie Craggs

  It has been a very busy week here at LJMU! On Tuesday I had the honour of welcoming Charlie Craggs to deliver a guest lecture to our Level 6 students on the Body Politics module. After first discovering Charlie on Instagram, I added her book To My Trans Sisters to our reading list on […]

March 12

Concepts of Justice

        You won’t be surprised to hear that I am not an abolitionist. I believe that many people are in prison who should not be, and I believe that the prison estate needs a radical overhaul, but I do believe that we need prisons as I write here. I have a Ph.D […]

March 09

Violent Men Belong in Prison

  I thought I might as well start here as I mean to go on. Especially as yesterday was International Women’s Day. Violent men belong in prison. I am not an armchair Criminologist. My husband has been in prison, and I know many men who have been in prison. I am not green to the […]

February 25

Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know I have had the worst 12 months of my life.   But anyone who knows me will also know that I will never allow anyone to drag me down or defeat me. I have come too far and overcome too many things.   I usually […]

February 23

Wellbeing Week

At LJMU, we are having our wellbeing week 26th Feb- 2nd March 2018.   We all have mental health and we should all be taking care of ourselves and each other. As I said in my previous post: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” […]

February 15

Mental Health and Safe Care

I had an awful day yesterday where I didn’t leave my bed. Sometimes these days happen. I have been through a lot of trauma lately due to legal issues (which I can’t currently discuss) combined with friends and family being ill. Today I really wanted to just hide in bed all day but had to get […]