Category Archives: Academia

June 19

Page Three: The Naked Truth

I switched on Page Three: The Naked Truth with interest. The sex industry in all its guises is a contested space with campaigners calling to end the ‘exploitation’ and ‘objectification’ of women.   This fear of women displaying their breasts is nothing new. In the 1800s the anti-vice and puritan movements campaigned for Burlesque clubs […]

March 22

Steadfast hope

  What a surreal week. I am still convinced I am living in an episode of Black Mirror.   Living through the initial stages of a global pandemic has been like standing on rail tracks waiting for the train to hit. I wrote about COVID-19 here.   There has been a variety of responses to […]

March 15

The challenge of COVID-19

We live in strange times. This feels like an episode of Black Mirror or a Netflix drama. I remain half convinced that this is a nightmare. It is important that we all write journals, blogs, video clips, tweets, and make sure this time is documented. The future sociologists, behavioural psychologists, historians, politicians…they will all want […]

February 01

Feelings and space

I talk a lot about emotion and affect, feelings and space, the importance of viewing familiar spaces differently. My Ph.D thesis was heavily informed by such concepts. I embody many liminal spaces, and places are in flux. They change depending on how I am with and how I am feeling. When I take a familiar […]

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

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 […]

March 25

Lent

Today is the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bet you weren’t expecting a touch of Theology in this blog, but in the absence of me creating a separate one, you can thank me later. I have been reflecting on Lent and what it means to me. What does it […]

March 23

Social media as radical resistance

Yesterday I had the privilege to catch up with a former student. It has been 8 months since graduation, and many graduates are gearing themselves up for Masters and Ph.D applications. I don’t see my role as ending upon graduation and I am happy to ‘talk shop’ and catch up. I see teaching as a […]

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 […]