Author Archives: plasticdollheads

December 30

Pass the Light On

Sitting in the cathedral clutching my candle we were told “If you’ve got a neighbour pass the light on” as the flame did a relay throughout the people. We each cautiously lit the wick of our immediate neighbour’s candle, anticipating the lights being switched off and sitting bathing in the glow of our flames. Alone […]

December 22

Examples of policing lockdown

I would like to start this blog by making it clear that I do not blame individual officers for the policing of Covid. The deliberate confusion caused by guidance being stricter than legislation caused huge grey areas. Indeed human rights barrister Adam Wagner who has been invaluable in educating the public about the ever-changing regulations, […]

December 15

Teaching Community

Teaching is a place of transgression and transformation. Those of us who have had a non-traditional and non-linear journey into academia know that teaching is where radical change happens. Teaching from the place of pain and trauma, rather than merely to them, is an emotionally-grueling endeavour. It is a labour of love and it bears […]

November 18

Strip Club Lecture

Life goes full circle and that is something that constantly astounds me. 20 years since first entering the sex industry I lead an award-winning module Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry here at the University of Liverpool. First thing’s first after a weekend where harm reduction has been attacked in the media. This blog represents […]

October 29

Cite the strippers

“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). On my modules I have always encouraged and promoted radical citation practices. Alongside peer-reviewed […]

September 25

Pedagogy resources

I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool. I am an ambitious T&S educator who is committed to innovative pedagogy and working towards positive change. My trajectory into academia has been non-traditional and I am very keen to advocate for the value of lived experience and the need to widen participation. I […]

September 12

God is in the rubble

I don’t write with an audience in mind for this blog. It is just my musings in a public space. I am not a Theologian, so I hope I can do justice to the work discussed. I have written elsewhere on the blog that I am angry with the church during the pandemic. My faith […]

August 23

So I trust, too

My friend Ros sent me the verse above during a difficult time. I come back to it frequently. I have made no secret that I have found myself politically homeless during the pandemic, and have been disappointed and disgusted with an organized left who have no acknowledgement of competing harms. Privileged middle class academics who […]

August 20

Death, Sociology and the People

I am currently on week 3 of my month-long annual leave. I have fallen into a comforting pattern of lay-ins (I usually get up at 5am) long walks with the dogs, yoga, time with my husband, friends and family. I work all year looking forward to this summer break, and this slowness is what I […]

August 07

Book Review- Dr Angela Jones ‘Camming’

For those who regularly read the blog, you will know that I run a third year module on the sex industry at the University of Liverpool. I keep an updated sex work resource list here. I have spent 20 years in and around the sex industry and never tire of reading the new research. Dr […]