Like it or loathe it, the adult content industry is booming and many women are now being drawn to this sector with the notion that they can earn high incomes as content creators.
British author Rhi Clare, 31, has been an adult content creator for just over a year and within that time she quickly established herself as a top 0.2% earner across platforms such as OnlyFans, where she had more than 8,000 followers and 1,500 subscribers. But while she was able to earn more in a few months than she had previously earned in a year, she also encountered numerous distressing downsides to her new career. Surprisingly, however, she says these issues did not come from male customers but her fellow female content creators.
In light of these experiences, she has written a damning exposé of online sex work, Why Women Suck, that reveals how the adult content creator community is rife with exploitation, scams and personal vendettas. We spoke with Rhi to learn more …
Q. What led you to launch a career in adult content creation?
A. The pandemic is what initially led to it, coupled with my partner’s previous experience working in the sector. I had previously been working as a freelancer property manager but Covid and lockdown led to work drying up.
I feel that my experiences as a creator have opened my eyes and I’m grateful for it. Being able to explore, enjoy and share my sexual passions is, for me, a good way to spend my time.
Q. While still something of a social taboo, the adult content creation industry is increasingly being seen as an attractive and lucrative career path for young women. What is your assessment?
A. There is no doubt that it is indeed both those things, if you’re prepared to work hard and can handle the prejudice, stigma and protect yourself then you will find enjoyment and endless opportunities. However, as my book highlights, there are many unforeseen and unspoken pitfalls and dangers. It is also worrying to me how many top earners actively ‘recruit’ family members and impressionable (or even vulnerable) women into signing up to create content, often under a referral scheme so they can earn off them.
Q. Why Women Suck reveals how, in contrast to common perceptions, it is the female content creators rather than the male customers who pose a real threat to women. Can you explain more?
A. Absolutely. Men may become frustrated due to lack of funds or refusal of a service and will then name-call, maybe block you and vent. But while it’s not pleasant, it does little to harm once you’ve realised why they’re behaving that way. As for women, I’ve had them expose personal secrets, scam me for fake marketing promotions and assistance, plagiarise my work and bully me. This has been far harder to deal with than men being moody.
Q. Given what you know now, would you still recommend the adult content industry to others? If so, what should a woman consider before entering a career and as an adult content creator?
A. In a word, yes—I would recommend it. However, I would urge that no one signs up on the first day they consider it but rather treat it as they would any other career choice and carefully consider the ramifications and lifestyle. Within Why Women Suck I divulge the reasons why women opt for this career and I feel that being able to identify with why you’re drawn to it is the first step.
Adult content creator Rhi Clare has written exposé Why Women Suck, an eye-opening account of the cruel realities of the online sex industry, to warn women about the biggest risks they will face if choosing this line of work.
Q. Should an adult content creator discuss their career with their children, family and partner? How have you dealt with this sensitive subject and have people’s perceptions changed because of this?
A. This remains up to each individual but I believe you should. Anonymity has never worked as far as I have seen and I see no way it ever could, and when it comes to hearing the truth about a loved one it’s best to hear it from the person and not stumble across it or have some else tell you out of malice or vendetta against that person.
I have been honest with my family and I’m glad I made that choice as I have had creators attempt to contact them due to their own personal issues and thinking they can play god with my life. Had I not been so open then that would have been a scary time. This is precisely why I urge people to think before they lie about their job. As for perceptions, I’ve certainly had people either cease work with me or behave inappropriately with me upon learning of my job but my family are very supportive.
Q. You are now in the process of removing yourself from the wider adult content community and launching your own site. What was the final straw?
A. Even today I have had to deal with another scammer who promised to assist me with scheduling posts but didn’t. When asked for a refund, she laughed and told me to where to go, in not so polite terms. This is a daily occurrence, hundreds of times over within the community. I’ve even been blackmailed by fellow creators threatening to use my work and earn from it if I don’t do as they say.
Q. Though you say it predatory professional rivals who are the real problem, are women content creators in danger from online violence and abuse from customers?
A. Customers do get aggressive, particularly when they cannot afford to partake in a fetish or service they feel a need for. This, though, rarely goes further than a few unsavoury messages. Creators can block or restrict anyone who behaves in such a manner. On some occasions this happens on social media sites or the customer can stalk all the socials of the models. Again, it’s up to the creator to block them. I have seen once or twice where a customer has threatened the creator with violence or exposure and this has then becomes a police matter.
Why Women Suck by Rhi Clare is a frank, honest and essential read for any woman tempted to become an adult content creator.
Q. What steps can women take to protect themselves if going into this line of work?
A. Educate yourselves on what women can be like. Be honest, as hard as it is to accept, that they are just as capable of being malicious, sly and misleading as any other. If you’re parting with money then make sure you can afford to lose it before you do! Rely on yourself where possible. Ask yourself why someone is charging you for this service and don’t just follow the herd.
Q. What do you hope reader will gain from your book?
A. An insight on the inner working of businesswoman and the sex industry, whether you’re a man curious about sex workers or a woman curious about yourself and your peers.
Q. What’s next for you as an author?
A. Why Women Suck is the first in a trilogy of adult content creation exposés and I’m pleased to say book two is already in the making. Each book will grow in length and I look forward to you reading it.
Why Women Suck by Rhi Clare is available now on Amazon in paperback, Hardcover and eBook formats, priced £12.99, £15.99 and £2.99 respectively.