All entries for June 2011

June 30, 2011

DJ setlist: Killer Queen @ Rosie Malone's, Coventry (18/6/11)

(with the delightful Holly Cruise)

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

Austra - Beat And The Pulse

Warpaint - Bees

Harrys Gym - The Ring

Curve - Chinese Burn

Lacuna Coil - Heaven's a Lie (r)

Linkin Park - Crawling

Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea

Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars

Les Savy Fav - Patty Lee

The Futureheads - The Beginning Of The Twist

Hole - Violet

Skunk Anansie - Twisted (Everyday Hurts)

Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Foo Fighters - Rope

Gossip - Yr Mangled Heart

Those Dancing Days - Fuckarias

The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So

The Big Pink - Dominos

Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

T-Rex - Children Of The Revolution (r)

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

David Bowie - Changes

My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) (r)

Head Automatica - Beating Heart Baby

Jimmy Eat World - The Sweetness

Pixies - This Monkey's Gone To Heaven

Weezer - Buddy Holly

Placebo - Pure Morning

Lesbian Bed Death - Goth Girls Are Easy (r)

The Stranglers - Peaches

Prince Buster - One Step Beyond -> Madness - One Step Beyond

The Specials - A Message To You Rudy (r)

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - I Believe I Can Fly

Lemonheads - Mrs Robinson

Hot Hot Heat - Bandages

Kings Of Leon - Four Kicks

The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button

PJ Harvey - Good Fortune

Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet

Prodigy - Invaders Must Die (r)

Nine Inch Nails - March Of The Pigs

Gorillaz - DARE

Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

MIA - Paper Planes

Evanescence - Bring Me To Life (r)

Lostprophets - Last Train Home (r)

Within Temptation - Faster

Judas Priest - Livin' After Midnight

NxtGen - Andrew Lansley Rap

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill

Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone

The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

Idlewild - Actually It's Darkness (r)

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (r)

Deftones - My Own Summer (Shove It) (r)

Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch (r)

Pendulum - Propane Nighmares (r)

Muse - Knights Of Cydonia

Pulp - Disco 2000

Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love

The Clash - I Fought The Law

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Queen - Killer Queen

Alice Cooper - Poison

(r) = request

June 21, 2011

Dances With Undergrads

I've been at Warwick for a fair few years now. I took my three-year undergraduate degree here, then returned for my master's degree after a year out. I'm now almost a year into my PhD, having begun immediately following the completion of my master's.

As a sociable sort, I've therefore been involved in numerous studenty activities for many years. I joined a number of student union societies back in 2005 and remain fairly involved in two of them to this day. I increasingly get the impression that I'm seen as a venerable elder from days of yore (or perhaps simply an old fogey) by the many undergraduates who populate these groups: an experience that has got me thinking about divisions that occur between postgraduate and undergraduate students.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

Dances with Wolves

June 15, 2011

Prominent ‘lesbian’ netizens are actually straight men

The supposedly Syrian blogger responsible for “A Gay Girl in Damascus” was unveiled as a man over the weekend. Last night it emerged that the founder and editor of lesbian news site “Lez Get Real” is also a man.

June 14, 2011

What is feminist research?

I've just returned home from a day of interdisciplinary feminism. Two events were held witfeminist symbolh contributions from Karen Barad, Myra Hird and Elizabeth Wilson: visiting researchers who work at a feminist intersection of the physical sciences, arts, humanities and so-called social sciences.

I found their respective presentations fascinating in terms of their breadth and depth, but also frustrating in their opacity. I ultimately found myself questioning the value of describing such research as “feminist”.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

June 13, 2011

Slutwalk London 2011

SlutwalkThe world’s newest and most rapidly expanding feminist movement filled the capital’s streets with style on Saturday 11 June 2011. As over three thousand people from a myriad of backgrounds came together to voice their opposition to rape, sexual violence and victim-blaming, my thoughts turned to the wider women’s movement, writes Ruth Pearce. Does Slutwalk herald an important change in how we think about feminism?

June 12, 2011

Coventry's queer rock night returns on Saturday 18th

I'm organising and DJing at the Killer Queen summer party next weekend. I'll be joined by Holly Cruise (formerly of Electric City, Crash and Top Banana) and acoustic act Claire & Jo.


>>>join the Facebook event page here.

June 08, 2011

My talk at TRED 2011

Videos of a presentation I gave at the Trans* Education and Determination teach-in at King's College London last month are now available. It was a pretty strange experience, as I was talking about my research at an event that (quite deliberately) wasn't entirely academic. I therefore had an interesting balance to strike between staying true to my research and ensuring that the talk was accessible.

My presentation was hardly polished, but I feel it went pretty well on the whole. I managed to convey a lot of information whilst keeping people broadly interested. There's a fair amount I could have done better (particularly in terms of being a lot more careful about how I outlined the ethical issues bound up in internet research) but I'm pleased that I've had the opportunity to learn from this experience even as I shared my perspective with others.

>>>See the videos at Trans Youth Takes On World. 

June 07, 2011

Epic Quest for Publication

My name is Ruth, I'm a first year Sociology PhD, and I'm (perhaps foolishly) attempting to get published. Unfortunately, the path to publication seems less clear with every step I take.

>>>Read more at PhD life.

June 06, 2011

My web presence

Greetings, visitor!

I'm Ruth: currently a part-time PhD student at the University of Warwick, but also a writer, activist, promoter and DJ. This blog is an experiment in bringing that all together in one place. I aim to regularly post links to events I'm involved with and articles I've written.

In this opening post, I'll begin with a general summary of my current projects.


My PhD project involves internet-based qualitative research into trans people's experiences of primary health care in the United Kingdom. I am based in the Sociology department. profile.

Wolfson Research Exchange profile.


Rolling Head Promotions

I have organised and numerous gigs and club nights in Coventry, Leamington and Bath. My current projects are "Rock It", a fortnightly hard rock/metal event, and "Killer Queen", an occasional LGBTQ rock/indie night.

Facebook page.

Myspace page.



I am a staff writer for, an online magazine for lesbian and bisexual women. I produce regular news pieces and occasional feature articles.

PhD Life Blog

I blog about being a PhD student at Warwick's PhD Life Blog.

Trans Youth Takes On World

I blog about trans liberation and gender politics at Trans Youth Takes On World.

Freelance DJ

Rock music is my speciality, but I'm capable of adapting to various genres. I've been hired to DJ at LGBT nights, feminist discos, weddings, parties and fundraisers. Notable events have included Reclaim The Night in London, the Women's Aid National Conference in Coventry, NUS Women's Conference in Coventry and Oxford, and Love Music Hate Homophobia in Birmingham, Coventry and Sheffield.


DJing at Reclaim The Night

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