Category Archives: Celebrity

January 29

But first let me take a selfie

I am fascinated by selfies! I am a sociologist who gets excited by most things,so selfies, along with celebrity culture and social media, get me truly fascinated! My friend and former colleague Jocelyn Murtell is completing her Ph.D on Selfies at the moment. You can follow Jocelyn over on twitter here. I get so frustrated […]

July 24

The perils of blogging

I love blogging for both my research and teaching. It helps me with my writing it is great at making thoughts coherent as well as sharing ideas and getting feedback. I have always been careful not to blog about my Ph.D research, or put anything in too much detail. Blogging is not an add to […]

May 07

The regulation of Katie Price

I have a love/hate relationship with Katie Price. I find the misogynistic comments she makes about other women stomach churning, I don’t think she’s a woman’s woman. Calling Kelly Brook (a size 8 UK model) a ‘heffer’ was nasty, dangerous and completely unacceptable. She has the teenage attitude of getting a boyfriend and 5 minutes […]

November 14

Gilding the Lily: pop, race and plastic feminists

So Lily Allen has a new song out. It’s Hard out Here apparently. It certainly is. You know, being an upper middle-class daughter of two successful multi-millionaire parents, wearing your Hermes bags and residing in your country pile with your husband and beautiful children. Damn it’s hard. Apparently Lily is sticking it to the misogynistic […]

October 22

Slut Shaming: The Anxiety of Excess

I gave a paper on Friday at the BSA Youth Sexualities conference at Durham called Slut Shaming: The Anxiety of Excess. I have written a few blog posts on these ideas before. Mean Girls and Slut Shaming; Bad Barbie: Farrah Abraham; Glee Naked: Slutty Barbie;, Dirty Doll Slut-Shaming in the Valleys; Inked Doll: Cheryl Cole […]

September 01

Elle Woods, Professor Callahan and Sexual Harassment

This is an issue that really angers me, those in senior positions deliberately abusing their power to make unwanted contact with someone who is unable to call them out for fear of losing their job or reputation and future prospects. I have been told it’s a very unpopular topic, and it’s “just the way it […]

August 25

Inked Dolls: Cheryl Cole and disgust

So, Cheryl Cole has added to the large rose design she unveiled earlier this year. Cue the social networking outpourings of horror, and the slow news day Sunday papers having the photographic evidence on the tabloid front covers. And now Liz Jones wades in selflessly to protect teenage girls from copying Cheryl. Presumably nice middle-class […]