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FEMININE WILES: PERFORMANCE AND EMBODIMENT BY WEBCAM MODELS

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Material Information

Title:
FEMININE WILES: PERFORMANCE AND EMBODIMENT BY WEBCAM MODELS
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Patteson, Michelle W.
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Psychology, Gender Studies
Faculty Sponsor:
Graham, Steven

Subjects

Genre:
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Prior research on emotional labor and constructions of normatively feminine work identities in the service industry exists, but is limited, especially in terms of a focus on sex work. This study explores emotional labor and performances of femininity by webcam models. Surveys were administered to 43 woman-read1 webcam models. The results indicate that webcam models whose performance is influenced by what they think is desired by clientele are likely to perform emphasized femininity at work, controlling for femininity outside of work. This indicates that many models construct their performance based on their generalized knowledge of cisgender male heterosexual desire, given that this demographic constitutes the majority of models' audiences. Performances of emphasized femininity can be used to increase monetary gain. Webcam models employ emotional labor frequently to emphasize positively valenced emotions and deemphasize negatively valenced emotions, and engage in patterns of emotion management consistent with emphasized femininity. While some models are utilizing emphasized femininity in ways that benefit them, they are simultaneously practicing oppositional femininity both implicitly and explicitly. These findings have implications both for the experiences and well-being of webcam models, and for psychological and sociological theories concerning self-presentation and performances of femininity.
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Graham, Steven
Statement of Responsibility:
by Michelle W. Patteson

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
S.T. 2014 P38
System ID:
AA00024791:00001

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