Men will pay for sex, even online.
Many women do the basic math and figure: if nudes or videos are what men want and are willing to pay for, why not take advantage of the opportunity? The 2020 pandemic created massive job loss across the world, and families were struggling to make ends meet. OnlyFans for many women, provided a safe platform for legal sex work that helped keep their families afloat when they were unsure what would happen next.
Em, from Joplin, was in a similar situation. “Financially my family has been struggling since the pandemic and my husband has had a hard time keeping jobs. The ones he can retain don’t exactly pay well. I thought well, if I’m putting it out there anyway why not monetize it?” Em was already interested in exhibitionism and decided to use that interest to make a profit on OnlyFans.
OnlyFans is a popular website where users can give out content for free or for a price. People can subscribe to users for a certain amount of money a month, tip users, and even ask for specific things from content producers. Em started it as a free account and made about a hundred dollars a week on tips. She learned a lot in the time she’s been on, including how her subscribers went down when she switched to subscription price. Nonetheless, she was still receiving tips which were helping her support her family. Her problem, OnlyFans takes 20% from their users.
“In my opinion it’s really excessive. I could probably make more money if I promoted myself more. I work 50 hours a week, have two kids and run a household. To be successful on OF,” Em says, “you really have to treat it like a full-time job.”
OnlyFans gives women the space to take their power back, only allowing men to look at them if they pay or under their own discretion. Em says, “I feel so confident and sexy hearing how my subscribers react to my content.” Although she struggles with the societal pressures of having to feel sexy, she decided to start sharing her body online because it was something she wanted to do and she loved the attention.
“Honestly, after having two kids my self esteem plummeted and I’m just starting to love my ‘mom body’. I do feel slightly less genuine about monetizing it for some reason,” Em mentioned.
Even though OF can help women take their power back, Em sometimes feels the opposite. She said since making her OF, she almost feels obligated to make content. Especially when she made her site a paid subscription.
“It really took the fun out of it for me,” she shares.
As far as Em’s content, it’s been all solo, although possible collaborations is an interest of hers.
“I feel like I’m stuck in a bit of a rut of monotony,” Em said. “I’m not good at promotion and I don’t want my content to get stale. I want to make the experience fun again.”
When Em first started her OnlyFans, she was excited and loved hearing stories from other women about their experiences. “I don’t feel like we compete with each other, but we are all so supportive. There are a lot of different clients out there who all want different things,” Em said.
“I love the sisterhood our little community has. I would definitely encourage anyone considering getting into the space to think about it hard before they jump in. Sex work isn’t for everyone. But it can be a very wonderful, empowering thing.”
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