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CammingMoney, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry$
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Angela Jones

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479842964

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479842964.001.0001

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Sexual Racism and the Camming Field

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Angela Jones

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on one popular webcam site, MyFreeCams, as a case study, and demonstrates the intricate ways that race-, class-, and gender-based inequities are perpetuated in the camming industry. White supremacy is embedded within the camming field. This chapter explores how sexual racism shapes the structure of desire in the camming field—the structure of cam sites, the cultural scripts deployed in the field, and interactions between performers and customers. The presence of sexual racism in the camming field means that bodies of color have lower exchange values and that women of color earn less than White women for performing the same labor. Sexual racism and colorism ensures different experiences and different financial outcomes for cam models based on race and nationality. The benefits of camming presented in this book are thus highly racialized and not even felt by some workers. These findings empirically demonstrate that Whiteness increases erotic/sexual capital, and thus wages for many White models. Race should never be separated from analyses of sexuality, and more empirical work is needed to investigate sexual racism, recognizing that race and sexuality are always intertwined in the social world.

Keywords:   sexual racism, white supremacy, colorism

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