Professor Teela Sanders

Webcams, Fantasy Chat and Escorting: Sexual Commerce in the Digital Age

Mediacom Seminar

The first of this year’s MediaCom Seminar Series will take place on Wednesday 19 October with Professor Teela Sanders from the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. The seminar will take place in Bankfield House Seminar Room 4:00-5:30pm – all welcome.

Professor Teela Sanders (University of Leicester)

Webcams, Fantasy Chat and Escorting: Sexual Commerce in the Digital Age

The majority of commercial sex in the Western world is either mediated or performed through the Internet and digital technologies. This paper is an exploratory discussion of the nature and characteristics of this shift, pulling out some of the broader questions around how sexual commerce has adapted and responded to the digital age. Exploring concepts such as ‘digital labour’ with empirical findings from a Wellcome Trust project with Internet Based Sex Workers, this paper will set the scene for where sociological inquiry needs to focus its attentions. Finally, the paper will flesh out a current ESRC project in situ Beyond the Gaze: Working Practice, Safety and Regulation on Internet base Sex work (http://beyond-the-gaze.com/) which examines the new and emerging markets where ‘work’ is defined across the digital and real time divide.

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