Over the past two tumultuous years, "the pandemic" has come to refer not just to the dispersion of an unruly pathogen, but to the totality of its fallout. Around the world, the pandemic sent shockwaves through the labor market by disrupting our ability to work in person, shutting down some industries and altering the rest forever.
It's amazing how quickly major systems can shift once we're all suddenly anxious to protect our health in the office. But some workers have always had to navigate those concerns, often alone. For web-based sex workers with disabilities, accessibility has been a fraught labor issue since long before COVID-19.
Many disabled people who engage in online sex work do so, at least in part, because other work, including other sex work, is inaccessible to them. Whether it's webcamming, fetish modeling or content creation for subscription sites such as OnlyFans, this slice of sex work allows a degree of physical autonomy that few other jobs offer, especially for disabled creators.