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Sex, love, and OnlyFans: How the gig economy is transforming online sex work
Maher, Kristen Hill
Schreiber, RonneeClune-Taylor, Catherine
This thesis is an exploration of the experiences of creators on OnlyFans who identify as sex workers. Its emphasis is on labor, and how these creators are impacted by unpaid labor, emotional labor, and the structure of the gig economy. It also pays specific attention to the unique challenges they face as sex workers that other laborers do not. The ultimate goal is to understand how creators on the platform are impacted emotionally and monetarily by this new form of sex work in the digital age. In order to answer this question, I consulted existing literature in the field, articles that interviewed creators on OnlyFans, and spoke with six creators myself in qualitative in-depth interviews. My findings show that sex workers perform a great deal of unpaid and emotional labor, and that the gig economy structure leaves many of them economically vulnerable.
Arts and Letters
San Diego State University
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2021
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