Imagine if you will a time when something called “TheFacebook” was some nonsense network that was only for Ivy League kids to log on and network with each other even more than they normally did. That was around the time I went to college.
No Twitter, no Instagram, and the only leaks anyone ever cared about were of celebrities and came in the form of tabloid articles and Grokster videos.
It was during that time that being a cam girl was easier to hide. I know, because I went to school with a few girls who did it to make some cash.
There was one girl that was in a group of mine during the semester, whose online alias was Selphie, named after a character from a popular videogame as the term ‘selfie’ was still years away from being coined.
Unlike the other girls who only had their side hustle leaked to the masses through a vengeful ex, she was pretty open about discussing it, and even showed me her setup. The off computer webcam set her back almost $300 at the time, but that was her only expense since access to the internet at school was free.
She had a bunch of plush dolls, snacks, and posters imported from Japan decorating the room that also doubled as her props. She had a closet filled with different cosplay outfits, all either very skimpy or very tight, and pretty much just flirted with guys in their chat. It was more akin to what you would see on Twitch nowadays than anything else.
What I couldn’t believe was that guys were giving her coins like mad if she would stand up and twirl, say their name, hold up a sign with their name on it, along with a few other things she’d do with a posted rate on top of the chatroom itself. We’re talking an easy $1500 a week.
Eventually, folks figured out how to record livestreams and when Facebook came around, someone uploaded video of her and it spread within the school pretty quickly. It put an end to her cam days, not because she was embarrassed, but because her product was being distributed for free.
She always said that she worked hard to make that money, and it was a hell of a lot better than working at Hooters or manning the front desk at a gym. She isn’t alone in that sentiment, either.
The stigmatization of working in the sex industry surprises no one, includes those employed within it. But what about cam girls? They’re not having sex with anyone, and the arrangement between them and their ‘donors’ is pretty clear cut. 21 girls that work as cam girls address just that in these anonymous Whispers.
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