OnlyFans: Authenticity, Micro-Celebrity, and Emotional Labour

24th Feb 2021, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


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OnlyFans is a content subscription service based in London. Fans have a paid subscription to their favourite content creators on the site. The OnlyFans interface is similar to Facebook or Twitter in many ways, but users on OnlyFans almost always pay to view a creator’s feed. OnlyFans hosts a variety of types of creators, but the majority of its content is adult. By fusing social media and sex work, OnlyFans has further blurred the lines between real life and pornography, fantasy and reality. Over the course of 2020, during a global pandemic, OnlyFans’ userbase saw a huge increase. But what are the consequences of the OnlyFans phenomenon? How have responses to sex work changed in recent years? And to what extent has OnlyFans entrenched itself firmly in the public consciousness?


Olivia Murphy: ‘LonelyMans, PhoneyScams, and HornyGrans’: an analysis of Twitter users’  perception of postmodern online sex work on OnlyFan

Olivia Murphy graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a first in Media, Communication, and Cultures. She has a passion for digital marketing. Olivia runs a  new lifestyle blog on Instagram (@livnifty), and her aim is to empower, entertain, and inform young women on important issues, including mental, physical, and sexual wellbeing.

In this talk, Murphy will discuss the evolution of OnlyFans in 2020, with special emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the pandemic, OnlyFans saw a 75% increase in sign-ups, as thousands searched for immediate, socially distanced employment. Murphy will examine the online discussion surrounding the OnlyFans phenomenon, analyse the importance of celebrity, and ultimately investigate how attitudes to post-modern online sex work inform wide-spread attitudes to gender and sexuality.

Lucy Duffell: ‘Girl Next Door’: a poetic response to the OnlyFans phenomenon

Lucy Duffell is the editor of Street Rat Poetry, a new magazine launched in 2020, working hard to promote poets from working class backgrounds. Lucy graduated from Edge Hill University in 2020 with an MA in Creative Writing. She writes poetry under the name lovercaine.

In her presentation, Lucy will approach the OnlyFans phenomenon from a poetic standpoint, using her skills as a poet to examine changing attitudes to online sex work, as well as exploring the impact of the pandemic on online sex work. Lucy’s poetry is stark, impactful, and most of all, though-provoking.

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