Category Archives: Criminology

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with additional 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 […]

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 […]