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Leeds Trinity lecturer to challenge the stigma of sex work in the media

Posted on 17 October 2019


​A lecturer from Leeds Trinity University will deliver her research into media representations of sex work to students, staff and members of the community next month.

Dr Kate Lister, lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University, will deliver a Trinity Talk – 'Challenging the Stigma of Sex Work in the Media', during the University's annual Journalism and Media on Wednesday 6 November.

She will use her research from the last five years to explore media representations of sex workers, and the impact of the stigma that derives from these representations. The talk will also address how the general public can challenge the stereotypes and stigma.

Dr Lister has gained a large following online, through her research project Whores of Yore, which she set up in 2015 to encourage conversation on the history of sexuality, the plight of modern sex workers and wider social issues. The Whores of Yore Twitter account has almost 300,000 followers, and through online reaction Dr Lister was inspired to write her first book, 'A Curious History of Sex', which will be released in February 2020.

She said: "The role of the press is crucial in understanding and dismantling stigma. It's a real privilege to be able to share my research on the history of press reporting on sex work during Leeds Trinity's Journalism and Media Week."

Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "Dr Lister plays a significant role in our growing research community at Leeds Trinity University. With the launch of the new Sexuality and Ethics module at Leeds Trinity University, this area of research forms part of a wider social issue, and Dr Lister's large online following demonstrates the importance and impact of her work.

"We are looking forward to hearing from Dr Lister at her Trinity Talk, and hope to welcome staff, students and alumni from the University, as well as members from the local community."

Dr Lister's Trinity Talk, Challenging the Stigma of Sex Work in the Media, will explore how women are represented in the media and address the consequences of these representations. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are available to purchase beforehand or on the door. Staff and students attend for free but still need to register.

Click here to get your tickets.