Camming: Money, Power and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry

January 20, 2022 @ 12:00–1:00 pm

via Zoom


About the Talk

Through the erotic webcam industry — “camming” — millions of people from all over the globe have found decent wages, friendship, intimacy, community, empowerment, and pleasure. Cam models, like all sex workers, must grapple with exploitation, discrimination, harassment and stigmatization. Using an intersectional lens, Dr. Angela Jones discusses how the overlapping systems of neoliberal capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, cissexism, heterosexism and ableism shape all cam models’ experiences in this new global sex industry. In their book, Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry, Dr. Jones pioneers an entirely new subfield in sociology—the sociology of pleasure.

About the Speaker

Dr. Angela Jones is Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. Dr. Jones’s research interests include African American political thought and protest, sex work, race, gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and queer methodologies and theory. Dr. Jones is the author of Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Industry (NYU Press, 2020) and African American Civil Rights: Early Activism and the Niagara Movement (Praeger, 2011). She is a co-editor of the three-volume After Marriage Equalitybook series (Routledge, 2018). Jones has also edited two other anthologies: The Modern African American Political Thought Reader: From David Walker to Barack Obama (Routledge, 2012), and A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias (Palgrave, 2013). Dr. Jones is the author of two forthcoming reference books: African American Activism and Political Engagement: An Encyclopedia of Empowermentand Black Lives Matter: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO). She is @drjonessoc on Twitter.