Tag Archives: academia

June 01

SOCI256 Culture, Power and Social Control sources

This is an optional second year module with 80 students. Learners are provided with additional sources in the reading list and module guide. Week 1: Introduction Women who drink and fight Yvonne Yewkes- monstrous women Gemma Ahearne- Bodies of Excess, Aintree Races How are women who kill portrayed in the media? Sketching women in court […]

March 06

‘Carceral feminism’ and its critics

***Trigger warning, this blog post contains emotive and distressing descriptions and content. This is very much the start of a conversation and a series of articles I am drafting in response to critiques of ‘carceral feminism’. It is by no means an absolute answer. I will engage respectfully with those who wish to genuinely reach […]

February 27

Girl on Fire

“We reach her as, of course, as we meet all poetic resources blocked from us by mindless packaging and spiritless scholarship” (Adrienne Rich, 1993, p. 101). I write this the weekend before my 37th birthday. My Ph.D was a fluke. I had 6 hours to write my proposal after seeing the scholarship advert the day […]

November 30

The war on dissent

We live in strange times. As a critical criminologist I have been very worried since the start of the pandemic about the lack of nuance. Critical thinking is attacked at every turn and people are blinkered. We should all be very wary of what is happening. It is easy to mock people protesting against lockdown […]

August 04

Sisters’ Keepers: The Case of Women’s Centres

Acknowledgements Thank you to fellow researchers in the field who have supported my writing and encouraged me with many phone calls and messages There is incredible talent in this field. In particular thank you NH, AHS, KG, TA, EJ. Also thank you to all the Gender and Crime seminar students- you taught me a lot […]

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 […]

March 23

Social media as radical resistance

Yesterday I had the privilege to catch up with a former student. It has been 8 months since graduation, and many graduates are gearing themselves up for Masters and Ph.D applications. I don’t see my role as ending upon graduation and I am happy to ‘talk shop’ and catch up. I see teaching as a […]