Cam Girl Review:
Cam Girl is a dark, intoxicating read about some important issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly when it comes to identity and acceptance. It was an eye-opening read that placed these issues front and center and really makes us think about it. Although it was compelling, I was quite disturbed by much of the book especially the portrayal of a toxic relationship. An important book, but definitely one that isn’t for everyone.
If there’s anything I can tell you about Cam Girl, it’s that it is one hell of a confusing book. Undefinable really. Just like the characters in the story.
So instead of art, she finds herself falling into the porn industry – by camming for sexual entertainment. This is where I felt pretty uncomfortable. It’s spoken about in this really empowering way, that these females are controlling who they talk to and what they do as a feminist movement, rather than breaking into modelling or acting which is dictated by males. But at the end of the day, you’re still doing what you’re doing for male (and some female) entertainment, so I wasn’t in agreement with that side of the story. I also found the fetish side of Cam Girl to be quite horrifying, especially where choking yourself/each other is heavily featured as a sexual fetish. In the book it’s spoken about as something so incredibly exhilarating, but the dangers of it was never really emphasised. Don’t try this at home, kids.
Even after all of this, I haven’t touched upon what the book is essentially about. It’s about Vada’s internalised misogyny and how she constantly hates the side of her that loves girls, and her best friend. It’s about gender binary and how clinging onto the ideas we’ve formed around male/female identities can be harming to the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s also about how at the end of the day, sexual orientation, sexual identity – none of it really matters if you’ve found love.
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