Subscription platform OnlyFans has grown in popularity over the past several months as both sex workers and amateurs have taken to selling NSFW content on the platform to make ends meet amid the pandemic. Unfortunately, one such OnlyFans creator, a paramedic in New York City, recently had her side hustle on the platform outed by the New York Post.
Last week, the outlet ran an article exposing the 23-year-old subject’s activity on the platform, treating her OnlyFans side job as a shameful spectacle deserving of investigation instead of the extremely common and normal work it is. The Post even included a condescending quote from a so-called “veteran FDNY paramedic” who shamed the subject of the article, saying, “Other EMTs and paramedics make more money by pulling extra shifts, instead of pulling off their clothes.”
In an ideal society that could boast anything resembling a healthy attitude toward sex and sex work, a woman holding a side job in the sex industry shouldn’t even be noteworthy, let alone the subject of a scrutinizing “exposé.” Unfortunately, in the deeply whorephobic society in which we live, being outed as a sex worker can have dire consequences on someone’s personal and professional life. The subject of the New York Post article was well aware of this, which is why she specifically asked the authors of the article to keep her anonymous. A GoFundMe page set up to benefit the paramedic says she “begged” the authors to protect her anonymity. Instead, they published her personal details and contacted her employer and family members. Now she’s at risk of losing her job.
“I sold pictures of myself on the internet for extra money because it’s easy,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I didn’t pick up extra shifts because I cannot work 40+ hour weeks and maintain my mental health,” she continued. “I never once spoke of my pictures at work or used my job as a paramedic to solicit subscribers. I know I did nothing wrong and I have nothing to be ashamed of.”
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