Camgirl.com: Women Creating Space for Themselves Online
Visit the thesis website In 1996, Jennifer Ringley began live streaming images from her bedroom under the name JenniCam. Ringley’s live broadcast was groundbreaking, as the first person to be live online for a continuous amount of time. In turn, Ringley inspired a trend of young women to broadcast their lives online 24/7, they were known as camgirls. Commercialization created a profession from the camgirl trend and now she is referred to as a webcam model. These are female performers who sell exotic dances and masturbation shows to online customers. My bachelor’s thesis, tracks this phenomenon and timeline. Focusing on online practices, steps towards commercialization and manufactured illusions of the present. I also bring into the camgirl timeline current women artists who use Instagram to “broadcast” their lives and who are consistently included in the conversation of female digital identity within the art world. Examining camming from the nineties to today, I attempt to simultaneously reflect on contemporary feminism, addressing issues that arise at the intersection of emancipation, choice, capitalism and the World Wide Web.
The thesis has been designed as a website. Full of hyperlinks to sources as well as video and audio content. I want to offer readers the chance to experience the references for themselves. Readers are also invited to become a part of the text, joining the thesis means allowing access to the front camera of your mobile device or laptop. Your image placed in the corner of the text.
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