Tag Archives: feminism

November 18

Strip Club Lecture

Life goes full circle and that is something that constantly astounds me. 20 years since first entering the sex industry I lead an award-winning module Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry here at the University of Liverpool. First thing’s first after a weekend where harm reduction has been attacked in the media. This blog represents […]

June 02

SOCI103 Social Change in Contemporary Society resources

This is a first year core module that has 200-270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with readings. The module is split into 3 blocks: Race, Class and Gender. Week 1: What is ‘Race’, what is ‘Ethnicity’? Race and Ethnicity Explained What is race and what is […]

May 28

Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry module sources

I run an award-winning module at the University of Liverpool called Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more here. I would like to thank Professor Maggie O’Neill for the inspiration and all those at the Sex Work Research Hub who helped me to design this module. I use a trauma-informed pedagogy explored […]

April 14

Podcast- Trauma-informed teaching

I have recorded a short podcast below on the value of trauma-informed teaching. I write about trauma throughout my blog and as a teacher with CPTSD I am committed to a trauma-led pedagogical approach. I welcome contact on twitter @plasticdollheads Or via email me via my institution staff webpage here. Kind wishes, Gemma x

April 11

Attention Whore: Writing to Rupture

I will start this post by thanking the formidable Mona Eltahawy for inspiring it with this essay here. If you are not familiar with Eltahawy’s work, I highly recommend her blog, twitter feed and her book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Girls and Women’. In her essay above Mona states that: “A woman who writes […]

March 24

Plasticdollhead- The single

One of my brilliant former students Annie has a band called Shoplifter, and their debut single is named after this very blog: Plastic doll head! The biggest honour of my life. Check out their music page here. The single launches on Friday 26th March 2021. Gemma x

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 […]

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 […]

January 19

Pole Dance Pedagogy

I am currently writing a chapter centered on these experiences and was inspired to share a little here (read procrastinate). Twitter and my blog have been invaluable tools for me to develop my ideas and receive feedback, and I wish to thank all of those people who read this blog and offer comments. Marking essays […]

November 09

Writing is rupture

I write a lot. For myself mostly. Private blog posts, journal, stories, lists, letters. Anything and everything. It is how I think and grapple with contested ideas. When I was at primary school we had the honour of having Toxteth poet Levi Tafari come and read to us. He told us we could be writers […]