People constantly feel the need to share their opinion, even when no one asked. Especially men. So, when social media platforms and virtual cash sharing made it easier for people to engage in sex work, others obviously had a few things to say. A majority of the people that are benefiting from this new market are women that sell nudes, meet sugar daddies, or engage in other forms of sex work on Twitter as a side job or even their main source of income. Paypal, Venmo, and the infamous “Cashapp me” are just some of the ways these women are paid for their hard work.
The United States is a country that forces the narrative of people “working hard” and “pulling themselves up by the bootstraps” down our throat, but when that hard work involves pulling down your pants or putting something down your throat then there is a problem. They tell us that sex work is not real work and that anyone who does it must be too lazy to have a “real” job.
Many people help enforce this unfair belief that sex workers are undeserving of respect. There are pretentious men that continue to call on these women to “respect themselves more” rather than engage in sex work. Genuinely believing that they are offering kind advice, these men do not realize that the systems keeping them at a minimum wage job without benefits are the same ones that force women into sex work. Arguably worse than the man that offers his unwanted life advice, are the “pick me’s” that unwaveringly support them. These women make it their duty to seek out every opportunity to show men that she is not the type to ever say “Cashapp me.” Sex work is understandably not for everyone, the same way that working in retail is not, but the problem arises when some women feel the need to shame those who do work in this field. Oddly enough, there is also a group of people that are pro-nudity but anti-sex work. These selective feminists want women to be in control of their bodies, so long as they do not profit off of them because that crosses some kind of imaginary boundary. There are the people that praise a woman confident enough in her skin to post a revealing picture, but shame her for putting her Cashapp in the caption. Although pick me’s, annoying men, and selective feminists are a part of the problem, the damage they do cannot compare to that of the judicial system, healthcare, and lack of other necessary resources these women have to deal with.
Anyone in this country that adamantly supports capitalist ideology should honestly be praising social media sex workers. They noticed both a market and a demand and have since developed business plans to support themselves. I believe the future is bright for social media sex workers and wish them nothing but the best.