This project explores the complex power dynamics surrounding ‘Sugar Babying’, a practice of contemporary escort made possible through digital platforms. Is there equality in the relationships fostered and how can we challenge our own behaviour toward these roles? Nearly 500,000 students in the UK are struggling to pay for their education and seeking wealthy benefactors (“Sugar Daddies”) to help offset the costs.
Do we victimize them for being Sugar Babies? Is our default perspective patriarchal? Are we aware of the rules of hegemonic masculinity and the lack of feminist discourse in our society? Using the platform, SeekingArrangements.com for performative research we were able to analyse and discover patterns to describe the complexity of social roles enacted by sugar babies and their respective counterparts.
This research resulted in a scripted performance, proposing participatory interaction between characters such as the Sugar Baby Boy / Girl, Sugar Mummy / Daddy; negotiating the conditions of their arrangement.