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July 07

The messy spaces of justice

***Trigger warning, this posts discusses trauma and suicide******   Today I was preparing teaching materials for a first year module. I deliver the gender section.¬† Going through readings and clips I reminded myself of this bell hooks beauty. hooks speaks of love, and of the ability to have a radical openness that avoids the shutting […]

March 25

Lent

Today is the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bet you weren’t expecting a touch of Theology in this blog, but in the absence of me creating a separate one, you can thank me later. I have been reflecting on Lent and what it means to me. What does it […]

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. And let’s not forget that this is a classed issue. You like Burlesque but hate strippers? Because middle-class nudity has always been more respectable than the working-class harlots taking their clothes off for much-needed cash. The ‘dirty’ working […]

January 29

But first let me take a selfie

I am fascinated by selfies! I am a sociologist who gets excited by most things,so selfies, along with celebrity culture and social media, get me truly fascinated! My friend and former colleague Jocelyn Murtell is completing her Ph.D on Selfies at the moment. You can follow Jocelyn over on twitter here. I get so frustrated […]