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The economical rise of the amateur exotic adult entertainer 

The natural prospects of human sexual interaction have taken a turn and have offered millions of “thirsty” online adult content consumers an outlet for sexual tension release | Words by Kay Khanye (@Kay_Khanye)

The natural prospects of human sexual interaction have taken a turn and have offered millions of “thirsty” online adult content consumers an outlet for sexual tension release, through the advent of the modern entertainment house known as Only-fans. Launched in 2016, OnlyFans is a subscription-based social media platform where users can sell and/or purchase original content—typically of the pornographic variety. Used as an adult site, users can post NSFW videos and photos to their accounts, which are protected by a paywall. To gain access to the content, an individual must pay a monthly subscription fee that ranges anywhere between $4.99 and $49.99. There are no limits to the variety of sexual content a subscriber can access once signed up on the website and the content can be filtered according to one’s preferred or desired fetishes. 

The global outbreak of the Coronavirus has seen many states issuing a stay-at-home order to all its citizens and limiting human contact among communities, with so much isolation you can only imagine the extent of loneliness you are bound to feel, especially if we have to double click on the topic of sexual desire and satisfaction. “People are currently deprived of opportunities to meet new people, date, many of us are deprived of the opportunity of physical touch and other opportunities for physical gratification,” cultural anthropologist Wednesday Martin told about OnlyFans’ rise amid the health crisis. 

“People are also deprived of tensional outlets for monogamy like having a happy ending massage, seeing an escort, and other things that may be quasi-acceptable ways to attain variety, novelty, and adventure.”

Ideologies of morale and principle are as good as a single raindrop on a heap of sand in the karoo. Human gratification takes precedence in all our daily activity and judgment garners no clout because let’s be honest, we are all sexual beings and how each person chooses to quench their “thirst” should be just that, a choice. The idea that all sex workers are simply just showing their bodies and have no integrity is a debate that has seen many round tables and has flared controversy the world over. It is really so much more than that. We’re all individuals and what we do for pleasure/financial gain does not and should not depend on the moral compass of another person.

So the real question here is who uses Only-fans and how much money can you actually make from being a member?. 

Experience levels differ amongst users and these vary from veteran sex workers who have been in the game way before the advent of Only-fans, to the more amateurs content creators who simply sought a different route to supplement their income through Only-fans. How much money you can actually make largely depends on the quality of your content and the number of subscribers you have, super-steamy content equate to big bucks. 

The global lockdown has seen a spike in new members joining Only-fans and the subscriber number has reached its all-time peak since big international musicians like Beyoncé made reference to the notorious site in one of her singles titled ‘Savage’ featuring Megan thee Stallion,  in which she delivered the provocative lines: “Hips TikTok when I dance/On that Demon Time, she might start an OnlyFans.” 

The term ‘demon time’ is used to describe an after-hour virtual strip show that can star both professional and amateur exotic dancers.

Professional sex workers have expressed their concerns over the high number of new members prompting amateur sexual content creators to consider the full effects and implications of this profession and to erase whatever preconceived ideas they might have about this line of work. Essentially, go into it with an open mind and be prepared for outcomes of varying nature. With that being said, the next time you feel sexy and isolated, perhaps keep that red light on and share the steam with the rest of the world. It’s Demon time.

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