Category Archives: Sociology

July 05

Smoky rooms of melancholic men

[Pictured is the now demolished ‘Blood Tub Hotel’, formally known as the New Dock Hotel, Birkenhead]. I didn’t realise how much I like pubs or relied on them,until COVID-19 shut the world down. Firstly, I rarely drink alcohol, and when I do it is whilst hosting friends at my house or dinners at theirs.  Apart […]

June 23

Publications

    Hi everyone, I have been asked to put some selected publications in an accessible place so I am listing them here.   Sex Workers in Prison Summary Report   They Only Care When There’s a Murder On: Contested Perceptions of Vulnerability   Paying the Price Sex Workers in Prison   GjSS Between Lapdancing […]

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 […]

June 14

Trauma and OCGs

I have made the decision to cancel my zoom series for the time being. The focus on social media is on BLM as it should be. However I am finding the narratives on prison abolitionism and defunding the police extremely triggering. They have led to a series of severe panic attacks and I have to […]

April 28

COVID-19 and Sex Work Research

I have been granted ethical approval by the University of Liverpool to undertake this research. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted those working in the sex industry. If you would like further information, please email me or contact me on twitter @princessjack   Thank you,   gemma x  

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 02

Prisons and Theology

Today is the final day of Christmas, it’s Candlemas. Now we head towards Easter and if you are a Christian, the cross.   Yesterday I blogged about space and emotions.   Today Rev Richard Ormond  (highly recommend you give him a follow) tweeted the following link. “There’s something very powerful about our sense of place. […]

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 […]