The relationship of cybersex and capitalism: a paradoxical intimacy

Tan, Zheng Wei (2015) The relationship of cybersex and capitalism: a paradoxical intimacy. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Cybersex was a topic even before the proliferation of internet. But on-going technological developments and wider internet access have allowed cybersex to become part of our everyday sexual expression - especially for the generation that has grown up in the digital age. This study explores the relationships between cybersex and capitalism by conducting a historical materialist method of analysis using largely secondary resources and social theories. It argues that cybersex is a product of capitalism by first looking at the history of technology and sex under capitalism. The study then looks into three main forms of cybersex: sexting, webcam and virtual-reality cybersex. It finds that economic factors often play a big part in allowing people to consume technological products for cybersex, which then shapes the mediated forms of cybersex and their popularity. In turn, economic factors and forms of mediation help to shift the meaning of sexuality. This shift has presented challenges to notions of the body and reality - in both positive and negative ways. The study concludes that cybersex is inevitable as the role that technology plays in our life is getting bigger. Concomitantly, capitalism will constantly challenge the meanings of body, intimacy, desire and relationships. This study thereby suggests that technology should be regarded as a tool that helps our life and not a substitution.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 15:20
    Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 15:20

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