The sex work industry is still highly stigmatized, including the online segment such as OnlyFans users, despite the site’s resounding success since the start of the global pandemic. Audrey Aura is one of the top 0.4% creators on the site and talks about the struggles creators face on a daily basis and how she tries to tackle the stigma of sex work.
Aura entered the online sex work industry by creating an OnlyFans account in March 2020, aged just 22, after being interested in the industry for many years. Aura says, “I remember watching a lot of documentaries about cam girls, reading books and articles about them, and just admiring their powerful personalities. It’s always been an industry that piqued my interest, but I didn’t think I had the confidence to join since I’ve been plus size all my life.
Along with not feeling like she was confident, Aura states that she worried about what others might have thought of her decisions. “I was worried about what other people might think of me if I were to start an OnlyFans, and that’s why I hid it from my family at first. Once I started to see some traction and that I was really successful, I felt more comfortable sharing the details with those close to me. Come to think of it, I was just using my success as an excuse, to convince others that it wasn’t only a bad decision. Aura explains.
It’s no secret that sex workers are looked down upon by most of society. Since the pandemic, the industry has normalized somewhat, but there is still a very long way to go before workers are respected as they would be in any other career. “The majority of men watch porn and that’s normal, right? The videos they watch most likely feature women. So why are they able to watch and enjoy the content, and even expected to do so, but the people within the content are seen as less than? Why are they allowed to explore their sexuality, but women must remain pure and innocent? Aura continues, “Growing up as a woman, we are told to wait for the right person, not to have sex with anyone outside of your relationships, or even to wait for marriage. Any form of sexuality or experimentation was frowned upon and we were immediately labeled as “whores” or “sluts”. Men get a free pass to do whatever they want no questions asked.
Aura aims to help destigmatize the industry by speaking out on tough discussions like this, normalizing the topic of sex work, and empowering others interested in joining the industry. Aura is set to launch “The OnlyHustle: Ultimate Masterclass,” a crash course in everything you need to know to be successful on OnlyFans, on Tuesday, May 10. The Masterclass consists of 12 modules and 65 lessons. It’s the first coaching of its kind, covering everything from the basics of the trade to insider secrets, not to mention any small detail. VIP packages and monthly payment plans will also be available.
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