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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

 Oscar Wilde

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Science Hooker began in 2015, early in my PhD, as an attempt to highlight that those of poor economic backgrounds and stigmatised communities such as sex work and trans struggle to establish and retain access to academia or to be taken seriously by society.

 

Academia often talks about being 'diverse' and 'open', but these are usually false and empty battle cries. When confronted with raw, genuine diversity, academia tends to shun it and close ranks around accepted norms. Science Hooker was initially about challenging and changing this. Loudly. Brashly. Without apology.

 

My PhD was completed in June 2018 and with no secure employment forthcoming I have returned to the demimonde and escort for a living. My personal experience of the sex work community fills me with love and hope. It is cohesive, and I have never been as backed up and looked after as I have by fellow sex workers. The opinions and lived experience of the community is diverse, and the red umbrella is wide. Social stigma and distain for sex work is high and if Science Hooker can do a small amount to reduce this stigma then it has been more than successful and worthwhile.

 

Be fierce fire.

Unapologetic for who you are.

The world is not kind.

So bring kindness to it.

 

 

 

Science does not need to be dry.

Safe. Boring. Clean.

Middle and upper class.

Adi MacArtney    XX

Academic talent is about will, thought, curiosity, stubbornness and passion: not background.

 

Science Hooker is about science for ALL.