I have never actually looked at Onlyfans for more than a few moments. It’s new and weird. It has that social media kind of energy that makes me feel old. On desktop you can’t even browse anything, you’re prompted to make an account. Which is fine. I’m glad it’s not super easy to get into. I’m just used to the old version of websites where it’s some person curating a group of women.
Like, sites like Onlyfans have given people the power to monetize themselves. They don’t have to rely on some scummy bro to do all the backend work for them and hope he pays them properly. It’s actually a better system in my opinion. Even though I don’t know how fair the payment system is. It’s always kind of been people who do sex work are exploited to varying degrees, but now a lot more control is in their hands so the danger to them is much less & the rewards are much higher generally. That said it’s probably going to slowly end the kind of erotic sites I prefer. Curated videos and photos, like Nadine Jansen’s site has for example. That site is run by a photographer who is apparently a decent person. She doesn’t run it at all as far as I can tell & now she does her own onlyfans and social media herself. So he’s basically cut out of the monetization. He can’t pay the way onlyfans can, so he’s starting to struggle for content. Why share with some dude when you can do it yourself? It’s sad, but that’s the way of things. Industries change. You have to find a way to adapt and for a lot of men who have been able to make a living photographing women that’s going to become increasingly difficult.
In my opinion I think she should pay him to keep the site going and make an archive of her content in case something happens to Onlyfans, but that’s their deal to work out.
I’ve gone through a similar situation as far as monetization goes. I’ve transitioned to patreon and subscribestar (to a MUCH smaller degree). I stopped having to rely on the whims of google adsense for money. It changed doing this comic from a complete struggle to get by to an existence where I can pay for insurance and medical care. I can go to the dentist and have regular checkups. Which is why I take it much more seriously than most people. Even though I’m not the best at art I have something that people want to support. So I try to make sure I’m giving value for that money. That’s why I keep my paywall so low & don’t have tiered pricing. Even though I am a capitalist I still very much want people of all income levels to be able to get the bonus content. A lot of people pledge much more than the dollar I ask for, which is incredibly kind. I have to make a living but I still want to make as many people happy as possible. While I may be a capitalist, I also think it should be tempered with a bit of socialism to keep the soul intact. I like to think that kind of ethical code is why I’ve done better than my skills should allow. I don’t know for sure if that’s why, but ‘s’whatever.