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How Female Performers Experience Adult Content Webcam as a Form of Sexual Commerce

Stuart, Rachel (2021) How Female Performers Experience Adult Content Webcam as a Form of Sexual Commerce. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.92697) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:92697)

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Abstract

Performing adult content, sexual performances via webcam is something of an anomaly on the sex working landscape - it is entirely legal in all but a handful of countries - at a time when the rhetoric and legislation pertaining to sex work is increasingly abolitionist. This research is a study of the experiences of webcam performers that a former sex worker and performer have undertaken. It uses an ultra-realist approach to study webcamming beyond the engagement of the performer and her customers and focuses on the working environment that the hosting sites have created. This work asks the reader to consider the silence that surrounds camming. A form of corporate-owned, legitimate sex work that generates billions of dollars of profit for its largely male owners and the banking system has generated very little feminist debate. Given the almost perfect capitalist model that it follows - no workers benefits or rights, a self-training infinitely replaceable workforce - the type of feminist discourses around victimisation have been the battle cry for much campaigning, both for and against pornography and other forms of sex work, is oddly muted. This work considers how the women I interviewed entered the corporate-owned space and how they negotiate their way through it. It situates the copyright of the stream that performers produce but which the hosting sites own as a dynamic site of contestation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Hubbard, Prof. Phil
Thesis advisor: Duggan, Dr. Marian
Thesis advisor: Sanders McDonagh, Dr Erin
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.92697
Uncontrolled keywords: Webcamming, Sex Work, Economic Mainstreaming, Smooth Space, Stigma Stream, Corporate Branking, Resistance Hosting Sites
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2022 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2022 10:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/92697 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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