British reality star Megan Barton-Hanson has joined a long list of celebrities and influencers who have joined subscription sites such as OnlyFans to cash on selling sexy selfies.
But the 26-year-old is clapping back at those who say posing nude sets back feminism, arguing it is powerful, in an opinion piece for The Sun.
The former Love Island UK star and OnlyFans user says:
“OnlyFans is a paid content site which has changed the power dynamic for glamour models and sex workers, with the power now firmly being in the hands of the content creator.
“Those on the site can decide their rates without a third party and choose what ‘level’ they shoot to, be it topless or nude. They can also own all the rights to the images.
“Before, models often felt pressured to shoot to a level they weren’t comfortable with in order to earn more money or secure more work.
“And newer models, who can often be naive to the dangers of the industry, have been a target for exploitation.
“Through lockdown, while many people lost their jobs, OnlyFans content creators have been able to shoot from home and maintain a taxable income which can support themselves and their families.
“If you open Instagram, you see the world’s most followed celebrity models posting revealing and sexy images to the free platform.
“So why does requesting money for this type of image change it from sexy to slutty?
“Men lust after sex symbols, but as soon as women start wanting to profit from their sexuality, people become confused and annoyed.
“Sometimes I receive pretty aggressive messages from guys asking why these images can’t be available for free.
“It’s as if they feel entitled to the photos, and that content creators asking for money are doing something wrong.
“I receive similar judgment from women too – those who feel it doesn’t uphold feminist values.
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“To me, supporting women even if you disagree with what they are doing is feminism – we need to allow women to have freedom of choice.
“There is a strong female community on the site, with women promoting and uplifting each other.
“Some content creators are unable to do other work, maybe they are a carer for someone or simply feel safer working from home.
“If creators willingly engage in this work, who are we to judge?
“The only issue with sex work is when it is not willingly entered into by the worker.
“But when someone is happy and has an income that can allow them to provide for their families and be able to contribute to society by paying their taxes, I can’t see any issue with that.
“And if one day, these creators wish to start creating different content, well, the site is full of makeup routines, fitness workouts and even cooking tutorials.
“I can’t quite imagine these profiles will receive as much judgment.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission