May 28

Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry module sources

I run an award-winning module at the University of Liverpool called Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more here. I would like to thank Professor Maggie O’Neill for the inspiration and all those at the Sex Work Research Hub who helped me to design this module. I use a trauma-informed pedagogy explored […]

September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne Welcome to my blog. I am an award winning educator with 9 years lecturing experience and 20 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 am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of […]

July 25

Long read: The War on Dissent during the State of Exception

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank colleagues for their kind and insightful feedback on an earlier of this blog post: Dr Firat Cengiz, Professor John Preston, Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor Lucy Easthope, Dr Mike Homfray, Dr Michael Riordan. The views represented are mine alone, and providing comments on my work does not equal agreement or […]

July 04

Sex work, disability and the pandemic

I will start by saying that I hope you are well. My thoughts are with all those struggling, grieving and suffering in various ways. Things are unlikely to become much brighter in the recovery period where we will face different challenges. We must care for one another and fight injustices wherever we see them. The […]

June 13

The Spirit of Lockdown

Acknowledgements Thank you to all my friends IRL and to all my like-minded twitter pals (many of whom I know IRL now) for keeping me sane during a pandemic and for speaking out and being critical. I have connected with many wonderful people outside of my discipline and I am excited for the research we […]

June 02

SOCI103 Social Change in Contemporary Society resources

This is a first year core module that has 200-270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with readings. The module is split into 3 blocks: Race, Class and Gender. Week 1: What is ‘Race’, what is ‘Ethnicity’? Race and Ethnicity Explained What is race and what is […]

June 01

SOCI256 Culture, Power and Social Control sources

This is an optional second year module with 80 students. Learners are provided with additional sources in the reading list and module guide. Week 1: Introduction Women who drink and fight Yvonne Yewkes- monstrous women Gemma Ahearne- Bodies of Excess, Aintree Races How are women who kill portrayed in the media? Sketching women in court […]

April 29

Criminologist or criminal? Liminal spaces as the site for auto/biography

I am delighted to announce that my article is now published In Methodological Innovations. I will record a podcast shortly to discuss the article further. You can access the article here. If you use my article for teaching purposes, please let me know for my portfolio. Solidarity to all those with messy stories and struggling […]

April 14

Podcast- Trauma-informed teaching

I have recorded a short podcast below on the value of trauma-informed teaching. I write about trauma throughout my blog and as a teacher with CPTSD I am committed to a trauma-led pedagogical approach. I welcome contact on twitter @plasticdollheads Or via email me via my institution staff webpage here. Kind wishes, Gemma x

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 […]