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How does your favourite local pornstar get paid

If you have an active social media account & consume pornography, then you’ve come across ‘freak accounts’, a subset of users who generate and consume amateur pornography. It has become such an integral part of how we engage sex helping to dispel the many harmful stereotypes that scripted pornography has indoctrinated into our psyches. Amateur pornography is ‘organic’ sex and very important for our sex lives.

So how do we keep these brave young men and women who bare it all and then some for our voyeuristic pleasure? We support their ministries by operating a patronage system.

Patronage is nothing new. For as long as creative arts has existed, there have been patronage systems where people with money paid for creative people to have the freedom to create, free of the burdens of everyday life. For people who make amateur pornography, having people who support their craft is important to keep them in business and with new content for our spank banks. 

First some clarifications. Calling the content generated in these communities ‘pornography’ is inaccurate. For recorded sexual encounters to count as pornography, the participants need to cede their intellectual property rights (your image & likeness are part of your I.P) to a film studio in exchange for compensation, & consent to it being publicly shared & monetized. That’s why pornstars are called ‘models’ in legal documents because the sex they have is considered ‘simulation’ rather than the real thing.

So if your favourite freak twitter zaddy isn’t a pornstar, what exactly is he?

An x-rated content creator.

As an independent content creator, the work he shares on Twitter or any other social media platform must conform to the community guidelines of that platform. Instagram has very strict guidelines and x-rated content creators are regularly suspended or have their accounts deleted for minor infractions. This is why Twitter (and formerly Tumblr) are the preferred platforms for x-rated content creators. 

Sharing on social media with a goal to monetize is tricky because most social media platforms have clauses that allow third party use of the content you upload. To mitigate this, some users grow a following and use that to promote products targeted towards adult communities, like sex toys and condoms in exchange for a fee. Others use the paywall method.

A paywall is any tool that withholds access to content unless the user ‘subscribes’ by paying a certain amount every month.

Some content creators create crude paywalls by making their social media accounts private and charging people for access to their accounts. Private Snapchats + selling nude photos & videos via DM fall into this category. Serious players, however, use social media as advertising, posting video/photo teasers and charging for access to the full videos/photos/custom requests domiciled on other platforms created specifically for this purpose.

Most Nigerians in the business use Subscribe Place, a clone of more popular subscription services, Only Fans & Just For Fans. Subscribe Place is popular here because unlike the other more established platforms that require proper identification to allow a person to register an account, Subscribe Place allows for anonymous sign-ups. Subscriptions grant access to an archive of x-rated content, and subscribers can tip creators or pay for videos customized to their tastes. Subscribe Place also accepts Nigerian cards.

These paywall platforms can take up to half of the revenue from paid subscriptions so x-rated content creators have to also engage in paid sex work, often spoken of euphemistically as ‘massage therapy’.

Unless it’s their choice, we don’t want our favourite x-rate content creators to feel forced to engage in ‘massage therapy’ to keep creating the content we love. So subscribe, donate, buy a nude today.

 


 

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