Sex Work, Office Work: Women Working Behind the Scenes in the US Adult Film Industry

Sex Work, Office Work: Women Working Behind the Scenes in the US Adult Film Industry

Author: Chauntelle Anne Tibbals
Gender, Work & Organization. Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 20–35, January 2013

Abstract

Women currently working behind the scenes in the adult film industry both inform considerations of the contemporary experiences of sex work in the USA and shed some light on differential experiences of gendered workplace organizations. Based on ethnographic observations and informal interviews conducted at a typical adult film production company and on examining the industry’s historical development, I have found that a diverse range of occupations and occupational opportunities are available for women in the adult film industry and women workers in the US adult film industry experience their gendered workplace in unique ways. I suggest that this is due in part to the adult film industry’s wider social network, which has itself been shaped by the historical development of the adult film industry and the stigma of sex work.

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