Author Archives: plasticdollheads

January 14

Self care is a radical act

  “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” —Audre Lorde I have used this Lorde quotation before and it is resonating more than ever. One day I will share more of my story with you, wax drippings onto scorched paper, but for now I must […]

December 05

Teach Out: The Sexual City

There has been national strike action for 8 days for the UCU. Staff at 60 universities across the UK have walked out calling for meaningful discussions over pensions, pay, the gender pay gap and the casualization of labour. I have only been in my new job since September 30th but it was a privilege to […]

November 09

I stand with lap dancers

Another day and another lazy piece churned out in the press by a privileged middle class women who is happy to use the subject of lap dancing to get her fee.   I am not going to link it because it’s the same conflated mess you can find anywhere.   It is not helpful to […]

November 09

The Sociology of Plastic Surgery

      I have given many lectures on the beauty myth, selfies, Instagram, and the cultivation of the capital of beauty. I am also interested in the medical regulation of women’s bodies.   Cosmetic surgery is where these all combine.   As with all of my research interests, I have personal experience. At 18 […]

September 01

Humility and Hospitality

    Today my research on organized crime groups was quoted in the Liverpool Echo. And this morning in church our gospel reading was Luke 14. 1, 7-14 which was brilliantly apt and spoke to me about so much. It is a part of the gospel of St. Luke where we are really getting into […]

September 01

Talk at Bloc Projects Sheffield

  Yesterday I gave a performative talk at Bloc Projects in Sheffield. This was part of Alison J. Carr’s ‘Into The Spotlight’ exhibition.  Thank you to my wonderful friend Jess who took this photograph. I recently gave sensory guided walks for FACT in Liverpool which I blogged about here. Yesterday was a brilliant experience, I […]

August 29

Critical thinking and drugs policy

My research on Organized Crime Groups (OCG’s) has been quoted in the Liverpool Echo Sunday 1st September 2019. I am the Co-Founder and Facilitator of a social group for blind and visually impaired people. On bank holiday Monday we had a lovely walk and then a few soft drinks outside a pub enjoying the sun. […]