Category Archives: Lap dancing

September 14

Pole Power and Take Back the Night

. Photo is of my pole teacher, performer, British Pole Dance Champion, writer and studio owner Toni Mansell. Toni has a blog called The Political Poledancer.   ‘In a Capitalist society, no one is concerned about how empowering someone’s job is- unless it’s sex work’. Readers of my blog will know I have an issue […]

September 10

Revelations and the Researcher

¬†(Picture of performer¬†Delilah Jones). I first went to university in 2002 to study Philosophy at a Redbrick. I hated it. I danced at the same time and dropped out 18 months in. There is no way in hell I could have completed that degree. My father died a week before I started uni, and everything […]

August 03

Yes a Stripper

Recently there has been the #yesastripper hashtag, where dancers have been taking back control of their portrayal. I have recently returned to pole as a form of fitness, (it is THE best exercise I have ever done, and the most fun) and as such I have been following a lot of pole-based blogs, Instagram feeds […]

January 13

Ph.D as The Starting Point

Yesterday I attended the bi-annual postgraduate sex work conference. This was organised by Professor Teela Sanders and is part of the Yorkshire Academic Sex Work Consortium. The line up was fantastic. I was very excited to hear Dr Kate Brown’s talk about doing a Ph.D. Given I am now in my final year and writing […]

May 31

“What you doing that for?” Troubling research topics

On Friday 24th May I attended a conference at the University of Sheffield, ‘Troubling Gender: The Questions of Multiple Identities’. I particularly wanted to hear a paper by ERSC funded PhD student Lucy Binch. Lucy’s paper was her first, entitled ‘Prostitution and Identity: How Social Constructs, Stereotypes and Stigmas Impact on Women Who Choose to […]