Tag Archives: Trauma

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 09

The state we are in

*For the purposes of clarity, no I am not a medical doctor or a public health expert. Nor would I claim to be. More of us should be having these complex and nuanced discussions. Leaving them to an elite small group of people, behind closed doors with no scrutiny, has not worked very well*. We […]

November 08

Criminologist or Criminal? Liminal spaces and trauma

[**trigger warning- this post contains depictions of extreme violence that you may find causes distress**]. A recent incident by a journalist has left me reeling in terms of mental heath. I have decided to share this writing here and welcome contact from fellow survivors. I will not be debating abolitionism or having to justify or […]

August 26

Bearing witness

You can probably tell I am coming to the end of a long period of annual leave (5 glorious weeks to be exact). My mind is clearer and I am re-energised and motivated. My husband took this photo of me today, and it made me think. Good charities and orgs want their clients to develop […]

August 24

Orange is the New Black: Women’s Centres Continued

[Image belongs to Dr Nicola Harding, Lancaster University, and was accessed from Nicola’s twitter account. Nicola has written a leading text on women’s centres, you can access it here .]   My previous post on women’s centres can be accessed here.  I have also written about them in this earlier post.    My main arguments […]

July 14

Maria with the Red Hair

After I left sixth form, my dad died. After my undergraduate, my husband was in a coma in intensive care. And after getting my Ph.D we have had lots of family health problems and other traumas to contend with. Academia has been the last thing on my mind, and I certainly have a lot of […]

April 08

The Trauma of Research

Research can be traumatic. It can reach inside of us and expose our own fears, insecurities, experiences and weaknesses. It can bruise and scratch and leak down to our deepest layers. It can expose what we are frightened of, the real life monster under the bed, and it can expose ourselves. We face an authentic […]