Africa: OnlyFans and Changing Sex Work Stereotypes

X-rated content creators use online subscription-based platform OnlyFans to earn money and reclaim the industry as a more empowering space.

In 2020, the internet lambasted international pop sensation Dua Lipa for tucking money into a dancer’s underwear at American singer and rapper Lizzo’s Grammy after-party at the Crazy Girls strip club in Los Angeles, labelling her (and the “act”) anti-feminist and saying it was “exploiting women”.

When asked about it in an interview for Rolling Stone in January, the singer said: “I just feel like, if you’re a feminist, you have to also support women in all fields of work. We have to support sex workers, we have to believe that [work] is their choice and their right. It seems quite hypocritical, I think, people picking and choosing as to how they want to support women and when it suits them. That’s another form of misogyny, which really derives from the male gaze.”

One platform that has arguably been instrumental in helping X-rated content creators reclaim and redefine sex work, and speaks to the issues Lipa raised, is OnlyFans.

OnlyFans started five years ago as an online subscription-based explicit content service for those 18 years and older, which augured well…

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