Sometimes I can’t believe it’s December already… and sometimes I feel like this year has been the longest I ever had to live through. Yet here we are.
At the early stages of lockdown here in the UK, I wrote about the sex toys industry and how COVID-19 affected it. Then not long ago, I wrote about the sex work industry and how COVID-19 changed it.
But what other industries have profited from the COVID-19? Let’s see… home-fitness for one. Sales for home gym equipment sky-rocketed since the closure of gym, and the various restrictions on health centers and such due to social distancing. Another industry that did pretty well this year was bicycles. That’s right, more and more people wanting to avoid public transports, started to spend more time in open spaces and parks. What’s next.. Oh I know! Table tennis! And football tables too 🙂 and why? Because pople wanted to reproduce their recreational areas at home.
There is another home entertainment that profited from lockdown: subscription-based businesses delivering content to their audiences. Yes, I am talking about the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ (they really picked the perfect time for launching it uh? – BBC agrees), as well as Only Fans and Patreon.
Let’s take a closer look at Only Fans and Patreon and their history.
This year, traffic to both sites has doubled. Yes, literally doubled. OF with its 750k content creators and Patreon with another 180k, have now millions of members across the world who follow their favourite celebrities such as Cardi B, Blac Chyna, and Tana Mongeau.
So we talked about some issues with some of these high profile actors and actresses (*cough* Bella Thorne *cough*) forcing these market-place content platforms to re-regulate themselves… but how have these type of issues affected sex workers?
Starting with Patreon, their Community Guidelines are more vigilant on sexual and pornographic content, with “Not Safe For Work” categories and more. Because of these restrictions, it has made sex workers steer away even more from the site.
Next, let’s look at Only Fans. Sex workers, have made the most of the platform, with its more relaxed regulations, a lot of them have managed to maintain a stable income during the pandemic.
But what have the sex workers have said about it? Well, see for yourself on this tweet (the video is about 8 secs long).
Well this is awkward! Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans scam caused OF to drastically reduce the amount SWs can charge for content, which SIGNIFICANTLY impacts our income. I lost my job due to the pandemic, so online sex work is my ONLY source of income right now. Here is my statement: pic.twitter.com/TUPJUPf32s— Rebecca Madison 🇨🇦 (@RebeccaMadison_) August 28, 2020
And if you wanted to read more about it, here is an article by the Guardian: A Thorne in the site: the Bella Thorne and OnlyFans controversy explained
It’s still scary there are anti-sex advocates out there, who continues to stigmatise the industry and its people. The sex workers have to deal with so much abuse and discrimination for just monetising their body, particularly at a time where they have lost their job and this is now a fall back plan.
What about you? Are you on OF or Patreon? As a content creator or as a fan/patreon? What do you think of the whole situation?
Interested in how the online community is regulated?
The UK Government has been looking at putting into place an Online Harms Bill for some time now… however it looks like it won’t come into effect until 2023. More on this BBC News article.
By the way, this is my last post for 2020, so I wish you a lovely Winter Break and a fantastic 2021 (although I think 2020 set the bar pretty low this year…). See you all in a couple of weeks 🙂