Sexual consumption within sexual labour: producing and consuming erotic texts and sexual commodities

WOOD, Rachel (2015). Sexual consumption within sexual labour: producing and consuming erotic texts and sexual commodities. Porn Studies, 2 (2-3), 250-262.

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This paper explores the various connections between two particularly feminized fields of sexual culture – erotic fiction and sex toys – through an examination of the accounts of five UK women who are both readers and writers (or producers) of erotic fiction. The qualitative data evidence, first, a network of production and consumption across the fields of erotica and sex toys, and, second, the formulation of erotica writing/producing as a form of implicit sex work in which sexual commodities are mobilized. Analysis is divided into three themes: ‘informing sexual knowledge’, in which the educative function of erotica is examined, particularly around sex-toy use; ‘mobilizing sexual experiences’, in which I argue that writing erotica involves mobilizing one's body and sexual experience to add value to the product; and ‘managing emotional risks’, in which the emotion, identity and boundary management strategies particular to this form of implicit sexual labour are examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: erotic fiction, sex toys, female sexuality, sexual consumption, sex work
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1080/23268743.2015.1051308
Depositing User: Rachel Wood
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 03:34

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