Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Gabriela Morales

Reader 2

Lara Deeb


Sex work, in all its various forms, has been a part of human society for centuries. It can be defined as “the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation,” which “includes activities of direct physical contact between buyers and sellers as well as indirect sexual stimulation” (Weitzer 2009, 1). Following other scholars, this thesis engages a wide definition of sex work, though it focuses one a specific platform: OnlyFans. Particularly within the last century, the meaning of sex work in the United States has transformed and multiplied to encompass many types of transactional sex. More recent is the rise of OnlyFans, a subscription-based online platform where users can sell and purchase original content. This thesis, using various ethnographic data, aims to explore the experiences of student sex workers on OnlyFans through the lenses of oppression, empowerment, financial stability, sexual expression, and capitalism.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.