Category Archives: Sociology

March 06

Trauma and reclaiming the body

***Trigger warning: some of this content relates to sexual assault and trauma*** As with most of my ideas they emerge in the classroom or at random times. Instagram scrolling is totally work. One of the modules I lead is SOCI256 Power, Culture and Social Control. This is an innovative and exciting module to teach, with […]

January 09

The state we are in

*For the purposes of clarity, no I am not a medical doctor or a public health expert. Nor would I claim to be. More of us should be having these complex and nuanced discussions. Leaving them to an elite small group of people, behind closed doors with no scrutiny, has not worked very well*. We […]

October 25

The Sociology of Food Poverty

[In October 2020 I was diagnosed with Dyslexia hence any grammar misgivings or typos. The new WordPress layout is not dyslexia-friendly]. In 2013 I started this blog as I way of storing my ideas and receiving feedback on my Ph.D research and progress. Over the years the readership has changed and often I use my […]

September 06

Phenomenology of Anger

“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). When I say I like writing it won’t surprise you that I don’t mean […]

August 31

The myth of beauty

  Beauty Myth It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I popped into town on the way home from lunch to grab some beauty bits. A disclaimer- I am no fashionista! Most of the time I have a pineapple head, no make up and am wearing training gear or my dressing gown.  I have a complicated relationship […]

August 24

Orange is the New Black: Women’s Centres Continued

[Image belongs to Dr Nicola Harding, Lancaster University, and was accessed from Nicola’s twitter account. Nicola has written a leading text on women’s centres, you can access it here .]   My previous post on women’s centres can be accessed here.  I have also written about them in this earlier post.    My main arguments […]

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 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 […]

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  

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. […]