Representing sex workers in video games: feminisms, fantasies of exceptionalism, and the value of erotic labor

  title={Representing sex workers in video games: feminisms, fantasies of exceptionalism, and the value of erotic labor},
  author={Bonnie Ruberg},
  journal={Feminist Media Studies},
  pages={313 - 330}
  • Bonnie Ruberg
  • Published 21 June 2018
  • Sociology
  • Feminist Media Studies
ABSTRACT This article critiques the representation of sex workers in “AAA” video games, with a focus on the devaluing of erotic labor. Existing feminist commentary has interpreted these representations as examples of the objectification of female game characters, perpetuating harmful misconceptions of sex work as fundamentally exploitative. By contrast, taking cues from feminist media studies, porn studies, and sex workers rights activism, I argue that what makes these representations of sex… 
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