Tag Archives: sex work

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 […]

October 29

Cite the strippers

“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). On my modules I have always encouraged and promoted radical citation practices. Alongside peer-reviewed […]

August 07

Book Review- Dr Angela Jones ‘Camming’

For those who regularly read the blog, you will know that I run a third year module on the sex industry at the University of Liverpool. I keep an updated sex work resource list here. I have spent 20 years in and around the sex industry and never tire of reading the new research. Dr […]

July 04

Sex work, disability and the pandemic

I will start by saying that I hope you are well. My thoughts are with all those struggling, grieving and suffering in various ways. Things are unlikely to become much brighter in the recovery period where we will face different challenges. We must care for one another and fight injustices wherever we see them. The […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

February 22

Reconciliation and Lent

Two years ago on my blog I wrote the following: “Lent is a slow turning ourselves towards God. It is the season of Lent; a reckoning of how we see the world afresh through the lens of the cross“. It came after 2 crown court trials in a year and the worst time of my life. I […]