Category Archives: Sociology

girl_power_final_logo January 14

The fear-mongering of the smear

Mention ‘smear tests’ (or ‘pap tests’ to our American friends) and everybody has an opinion. Many will have had an experience with abnormal cells themselves, and consequent procedures. Many will have heard about friends who have undergone such anxiety-ridden times. And most will say women should/must/have to have smear tests. And I am here to […]

gypsy 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 […]

babyblog February 07

The Real Motherhood Challenge

    So, by now you have all seen the motherhood challenge. I don’t like it. It made me feel uncomfortable. And no, not because I don’t have children.  Plenty of mothers don’t like the challenge either. I don’t like the way it’s framed and it brought up a lot of other thoughts for me […]

prison January 08

Unlocking Prison Research

Dr Bill Davies and Helen Nichols who lead the Prison Research Network here at Leeds Beckett University, have brought together a fantastic special issue for the Prison Service Journal. You can read it here!! I am so happy and proud to be included, it’s a project I believe in. I first blogged about the Prison […]

gjsspicture December 06

Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape, Graduate Journal of Social Science, Vol 11. No. 2

Our guest edition is finally here!! Led by Laura Connelly, our authors, peer reviewers, copy editors and editors at large have put together a brilliant open-access journal on sex work. Please read and share as widely as you can, via your social media, email lists etc. Thank you for all your help and support with […]

plastic150 July 26

#acadowntime The Workaholic and Academia

In 2012 my husband was in Intensive Care, or ICU as we like to call it in the UK. I was told he would most likely die. It was traumatic. My husband spent 3 weeks in an induced coma. It was terrifying. When he woke up still worrying about work more than his near-death predicament, […]

barbie April 21

Creative Research Methods

I think as researchers we constantly have to look for new ways in which to engage with our field and our participants. I’m a huge advocate of creative research methods, and will be updating this list of articles and links. 35-year-old OTTB teaches inmates to listen Learning From Elsewhere Using creative methods in research with […]