The first inside look at how sex workers use webcams to make a living
The erotic webcam industry, also known as “camming,” is a thriving global business. Angela Jones takes readers inside this multi-billion dollar industry, revealing how its workers experience intimacy, community, empowerment—and, as she compellingly argues, pleasure.
Drawing on in-depth interviews, survey data, web analytics, and more, Jones highlights not only the dangers, but also the rewards, of working in one of the most taboo corners of the Internet. She provides an inside look at the public and private shows between cam models and their customers, from exotic dancing and pornographic videos, to masturbation shows and erotic chatrooms.
A fascinating, much-needed glimpse into the lives of cam models, Camming takes us behind the webcam lens to experience the power of erotic labor in the twenty-first century.
"Finally, a smart and profoundly feminist analysis of the webcamming industry. Readers get an inside look at what is worth celebrating about the emergence of erotic camming—namely that it is a relatively safe, often pleasurable, and accessible source of income during a time of tremendous global economic disparity. Angela Jones also shows us the ways that camming remains subject to broader social, political, and economic forces, such as racial hierarchies of desirability and transphobia/fetishization. This is a fascinating and deeply ethical and de-stigmatizing account of an understudied form of sex work. Sociology has never been this sexy!" ~Jane Ward, author of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men
"A groundbreaking book by the leading expert on the erotic webcam industry. Jones illuminates key structural features of the business as well as the lived experiences of the performers. She shows that commercial webcamming is not only profitable but also safe and quite pleasurable for most of those engaged in this kind of sex work." ~Ronald Weitzer, author of Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business