The prosumer economy and the sex industry: the creation of an online community of sex prosumers

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In this article, I discuss how changes in the economic infrastructure of mass consumption have changed the values and attitudes of consumer culture. By focusing on an online community of Israeli sex consumers and applying the theoretical framework of the prosumer economy, this article suggests its innovative potential for understanding the intersections of cyberspace, capitalism, and sex work consumption. Using the context of the dynamic cultural terrain of prosumerism, the article examines how commercial way of thinking is encouraged, understood, and adopted by sex consumers in the practice of purchasing sexual encounters and sharing them online. The main argument is that the online community of sex consumers has become a collaborative project in which consumers simultaneously produce and consume–that is, they become ‘prosumers’ and thus occupy positions of power within the capitalist market-place. They, therefore, not only responding to market rules but also producing them. I claim that the change in the nature of the community has impacted both the nature of online writing and the way clients perceive sex workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-551
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cultural Economy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Prosumer economy
  • consumer culture
  • consumption
  • cyberspace
  • sex work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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