Posting sexual content online can feel like a great side hustle, and a quick way to earn cash... There’s no shame in wanting to try it out – but it’s good to get the full picture before jumping into anything.
Some people are super confident when it comes to creating content – and if that’s you, head straight to our pre-pic check list or Top Tips to Reduce the Risks. If you’re figuring out whether it’s for you, here’s some things creators suggest thinking about first…
Posting is Permanent…
No matter how ‘safe’ a platform seems to be, there’s always the risk that content could be leaked, screenshot, shared or sold – and friends and family members might end up seeing stuff not intended for them.
Some people enjoy the work, and say it has helped their body image, but others say it’s taken a toll on their mental health. Some have experienced abusive comments from users, felt pressure to do stuff they didn’t want, regretted, or have ongoing anxiety around who still has access to their pics/vids.
While not common, there’s always the risk of some fans becoming obsessed and stalking creators. Worst case scenario is they research a creators private info (name, address, job, school etc) and share the pics with others – this is called doxing. Check out Top Tips to Reduce the Risks.
There’s lots of legal stuff to consider, so here we go…
- At what age can you create content?
NZ law states you can only share nude content if you’re 18 or older, and most legit platforms will require you to be 18yrs to share/post material. Sharing or selling sexual (nude) content of someone under the age of 18 is illegal in NZ as the content is considered ‘objectionable’. But that doesn’t mean you can’t access help if you are under 18.
If you have made content and it’s been shared, it’s not your fault – help is available here: Netsafe.
- Owning your own content
Most online adult platforms have contracts explaining the relationship between the creator and the viewer. The uploaded content is usually owned by the creator – however, this doesn’t stop it being downloaded or screenshot.
- Downloading and sharing content
Many sites don’t allow downloading or sharing of pics, but some allow ‘paying members’ to download. Either way, it’s still super-easy for content to be downloaded and screenshot. If this has happened, you can contact the site for support. You can also get in touch with the NZ Police or Netsafe – it can be a slow process to get videos removed, but it is possible.
- Closing accounts/removing videos
If you posted and own your content… most sites allow you to shut down and remove accounts. However, some pics may have already been downloaded or screenshot.
There’s no shortage of platforms or people offering quick bucks for sexual content and most make it look like it’s a good time all round…
…but while some platforms are safer than others, the reality is none are fully risk free – so here’s a heads up on some of the risks.
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Subscription sites/apps tend to host the creators accounts, and fans pay to follow them. These sites can generally be a bit safer, but creators say images can still be screenshot and shared, fans can get creepy, there’s big competition, and they need a lot of admin.
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Porn sites offer different ways to make money – custom videos, ad revenue, selling clips, modelling contests etc. Being public (and free), porn sites get heaps of traffic and have their own risks because creators don’t know who’s viewing or screenshotting their pics. Getting pics taken down can also be a super-slow process.
People via chats, DM, Messenger
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There are people that offer big bucks via chats, DM, messenger or in-person for sexual content. Quick cash can be tempting, but it’s also risky, because when creators sell their pics, they lose ownership and control. Having a contract can help, but if someone changes their mind or regrets selling, they often can’t get their pics back. This type of work can also attract catfish or scammers.
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Camming platforms host live videos where creators get fans to pay for ‘extra’ content. Some creators say camming can be really risky because it attracts dodgy folk who can record them without consent, sell their videos, make full-on sexual requests, or even send weird sexual pics. The ‘live comments’ on these sites can also be stressful.
Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone they’re not…
It’s super easy to be scammed… and if this has happened to you, it’s not your fault and there’s no shame in it. Check out Netsafe for help.
(Side note: if you’re under 18, no matter what someone says, it’s against the law in NZ to film, own or share sexual images of you).
The main thing is understanding the risks before diving in, so there’s no regrets.
Here’s a quick pre-pic checklist…
If someone else is buying my sexual content, have I given full, free, 100% enthusiastic consent? Do I know and understand where, when and how the content is being used?
Am I aware there is a risk my content could be downloaded, shared, sold or screenshot? Will I be able to handle the risk of abusive, or weird messages or sexual requests from fans? Do I know there is a possibility of being stalked? Have I sussed out the buyer?
Am I okay with the risk of my sexual pics still being around in the future for anyone in my life to see?
Have I thought through my own boundaries (what I’m comfortable doing/showing?) – and how I’ll respond to any pressure from fans to push these boundaries?
Have I talked about this with anyone? Do I have a good support network or someone to lean on if things go sideways? (Red flag…if you can’t tell anyone, you might not want to go lone wolf on this one).
Have I thought through why I’m creating content? It can help to talk it through with a trusted friend or professional to avoid any regrets – try Safe To Talk.
Have I considered any impact this could have on my mental health and real-life sexual relationships?
Do I understand how selling content works legally and that I may no longer ‘own’ my pics once they’re online? If I’m giving someone else the rights to my pics, have I got a contract stating where and how they’re being used? And do I understand how my contract will or won’t protect me?
sexual content…like the income, curiosity, they’ve heard it can help body confidence, or to get some sexual control after past experiences. For some, creating can be positive and others say it’s been pretty negative.
Either way, some people are more vulnerable to pressure to create content – for example, if they’re struggling with money, have had unwanted sexual experiences, are houseless, intellectually impaired or their mental health isn’t strong. Making money from content can feel like a quick fix – but posting sexual stuff is permanent and can create more problems if it’s not done safely.
If you’ve done your research and are keen to start creating, but want to keep it as safe as possible, here’s 10 quick-fire top tips…
1. Do your research on the site
2. Do your research on the buyer
Check out their social media pages, ask for their contact info, or talk to another creator they’ve worked with. If your research shows that the buyer’s facts don’t add up, you might be being catfished – contact Netsafe.
3. Avoid showing your face
Fans can put your photo into google image search (which can link them back to your personal accounts), so keep your face, tattoos and personal items hidden in shots. If you want to show your face, change other parts of your image e.g. use a wig or sunglasses.
4. Keep your private deets private
Keep your real name, address and info about your family/friends private. Use a separate email and password to create accounts.
5. Set your boundaries
Write a list of absolute ‘no’ content you don’t want to create – and aim to stick to these boundaries.
6. Report or block dodgy users
7. Turn off your ‘location information’
Turn off any location info (on your pics, in Snapchat maps and even in your phone settings) – and if you’re using OnlyFans you can use ‘geoblock’ (top right). This limits people in certain regions from seeing your content.
8. Get a contract
Get as much formal detail (who, where, how) as possible in a contract, get a friend to check it before you sign, and ALWAYS keep a copy. Note: all reputable sites will ask for age verification – and if they don’t, that’s a red flag.
9. Get Support
Make sure you’ve got some great support including trusted friends and other creators who can support you if anything gets tricky.
10. Read the site Terms & Conditions.
Some sites have better Terms and Conditions (found at bottom of site) and better ‘model support’ than others – so do your research before you sign up and go with the safer-looking sites.
If you’ve experienced any of these, it’s not your fault, there’s no shame and here are some great places that can help out…