Tag Archives: law

December 22

Examples of policing lockdown

I would like to start this blog by making it clear that I do not blame individual officers for the policing of Covid. The deliberate confusion caused by guidance being stricter than legislation caused huge grey areas. Indeed human rights barrister Adam Wagner who has been invaluable in educating the public about the ever-changing regulations, […]

August 23

So I trust, too

My friend Ros sent me the verse above during a difficult time. I come back to it frequently. I have made no secret that I have found myself politically homeless during the pandemic, and have been disappointed and disgusted with an organized left who have no acknowledgement of competing harms. Privileged middle class academics who […]

July 25

Long read: The War on Dissent during the State of Exception

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank colleagues for their kind and insightful feedback on an earlier of this blog post: Dr Firat Cengiz, Professor John Preston, Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor Lucy Easthope, Dr Mike Homfray, Dr Michael Riordan. The views represented are mine alone, and providing comments on my work does not equal agreement or […]

June 13

The Spirit of Lockdown

Acknowledgements Thank you to all my friends IRL and to all my like-minded twitter pals (many of whom I know IRL now) for keeping me sane during a pandemic and for speaking out and being critical. I have connected with many wonderful people outside of my discipline and I am excited for the research we […]

April 12

SOCI349 Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry

This post will give you some more information about my award-winning module Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. This is a third year undergraduate module available at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK. You can read more about the module here on our university blog. You can also read more […]

May 18

The Problem with Women’s Centres

Paint it pink and state ’empowerment’ and the funding and support will come. But what exactly are people supporting? The growing push for prison abolitionism has made the fatal error of ignoring the critiques of the ‘radical alternatives’. The harms of prison are merely being displaced and reproduced in community settings. Women’s centres should not […]

April 07

Jesus and sex workers

I was going to think of a snappier title but this post is about Jesus and sex workers, so there it is folks. Not in a rescue industry way. Not in a redemption and at-a-distance ‘pray for them’ way. I recently wrote a piece for the March 2019 issue of our parish magazine about ‘Evangelism […]

May 27

Dangerous Dolls: ‘Object’ and Lose the Lads’ Mags

***Trigger warning: naked photographs *** Feminist campaign groups UK Feminista and Object have today launched a new project, Lose the Lads’ Mags. Object are the group who challenge: “‘sex object culture’ – the sexual objectification of women through lads’ mags, lap dancing clubs or sexist advertising”. UK Feminista is an organisation which provides training for […]