September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne My interests: Sex industry Women in prison Mental health and trauma The punishment in women’s centres Regulation of women’s bodies Instagram culture and plastic surgery Celebrity Medical sociology, in particular the PIP implant scandal, vaginal mesh scandal, Endometriosis and violence of gendered medicine Food poverty/insecurity Relationship between religious right and sex work […]

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 […]

September 21

Student Competition

This competition is open to all students. Submit a 1000 word blog post on stigma and sex work with the chance of winning an amazing new book by Dr Lynzi Armstrong and Professor Gillian Abel published by Bristol University Press. Deadline is 17th December 2020 and the winner will be announced after Christmas break. Details […]

September 06

Phenomenology of Anger

“Our struggles can have meaning and our privileges- however precarious under patriarchy- can be justified only if they help to change the lives of women whose gifts- and whose very being, continue to be thwarted and silenced” (Adrienne Rich, 1979, p.38). When I say I like writing it won’t surprise you that I don’t mean […]

August 31

The myth of beauty

  Beauty Myth It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I popped into town on the way home from lunch to grab some beauty bits. A disclaimer- I am no fashionista! Most of the time I have a pineapple head, no make up and am wearing training gear or my dressing gown.  I have a complicated relationship […]

August 30

The digital self and boundaries

  I am writing this on a bank holiday Sunday afternoon. The dogs have been walked at one of our favourite places pictured here in the glorious sun, the house is scrubbed, online church done, incense and candles are on, and I am gearing up to peel myself off the sofa and head back out. […]

August 26

Bearing witness

You can probably tell I am coming to the end of a long period of annual leave (5 glorious weeks to be exact). My mind is clearer and I am re-energised and motivated. My husband took this photo of me today, and it made me think. Good charities and orgs want their clients to develop […]

August 25

Spiritual Nourishment

  This photo was taken on a beautiful day which I blog about here. It seems like a lifetime ago now, before the pandemic that has changed our lives beyond recognition. This picture speaks of joy, of togetherness, of spiritual nourishment, of quality time with my mum, a circle of strong women who uplift one […]

August 24

Orange is the New Black: Women’s Centres Continued

[Image belongs to Dr Nicola Harding, Lancaster University, and was accessed from Nicola’s twitter account. Nicola has written a leading text on women’s centres, you can access it here .]   My previous post on women’s centres can be accessed here.  I have also written about them in this earlier post.    My main arguments […]

August 04

Sisters’ Keepers: The Case of Women’s Centres

Acknowledgements Thank you to fellow researchers in the field who have supported my writing and encouraged me with many phone calls and messages There is incredible talent in this field. In particular thank you NH, AHS, KG, TA, EJ. Also thank you to all the Gender and Crime seminar students- you taught me a lot […]

July 05

Smoky rooms of melancholic men

[Pictured is the now demolished ‘Blood Tub Hotel’, formally known as the New Dock Hotel, Birkenhead]. I didn’t realise how much I like pubs or relied on them,until COVID-19 shut the world down. Firstly, I rarely drink alcohol, and when I do it is whilst hosting friends at my house or dinners at theirs.  Apart […]

June 23

Publications

    Hi everyone, I have been asked to put some selected publications in an accessible place so I am listing them here.   Sex Workers in Prison Summary Report   They Only Care When There’s a Murder On: Contested Perceptions of Vulnerability   Paying the Price Sex Workers in Prison   GjSS Between Lapdancing […]