Updated December 21, 2018
I Give A Fuck (IGAF) is a charity clips store established by three sex workers in April of 2018.
The goal of the project is to raise money for sex workers in need. Content is donated by performers and sold on IGAF’s stores on AmateurPorn and ManyVids, with profits going to community members. IGAF also accepts financial donations (tips only) through IndieBill.
We got to discuss this project with each of the activists behind it. They are Alex Bishop — cam performer, clips producer and activist; Penny Trait — cam performer, clips producer and activist; and Jessie Sage — phone sex operator, co-host of “The Peepshow Podcast,” writer and activist.
The following rendering consolidates three separate interviews, one with each of the IGAF founders, done via email and/or Skype.
YNOT Cam: When and how did IGAF get started?
In sum, IGAF as it is now began with a roundtable discussion on the challenges of sex work and motherhood on the Peepshow Podcast in April of 2018.
Sage: I am a mother and one day I thought it would be a great idea to bring Penny and Alex on [the Peepshow Podcast] to talk about being a mother and a sex worker.
Bishop: IGAF had been an idea I had years ago when I first started sex work. I thought, why should all the tube sites make profit off sex workers? There should be a porn charity. Penny had a similar idea to selling clips and donating funds to workers so it seemed like it was written in the stars.
Trait: Alex had a charity clip site in mind already.I had this vision…of starting an outreach program to assist women. And then speaking with Alex and Jessie during her podcast interview, we were able to just kind of throw our ideas together.
Sage: In essence, we thought that we could leverage the audiences that we all already have as performers in order to raise awareness about how sex work stigma impacts us materially. Alex came up with our name!
— IGAF Clips (@IGAFclips) November 6, 2018
YNOT Cam: How does IGAF work?
In sum, models donate content and IGAF sells it. They donate all profits from all of IGAF’s platforms directly to individuals.
Sage: Our model is to have one campaign going at a time. A sex worker will come to us if they are going through something and could use support. We give 100 percent to sex workers. We have done two campaigns so far and have been able to give each of the sex workers we highlighted in these campaigns some sort of payout.
Bishop: We also want to start campaigns to send money to organizations and various projects we set up to help survival workers.
Trait: Our campaigns are always open, but right now we’re in a tough spot still trying to build funds in order to donate. We have so many awesome donors and lots of different clips — we just need those sales.
Sage: We have been very successful and getting other models to donate their clips and for this we are super grateful. We have built an amazing and diverse store that reflects the talent of our community.
— Penny🥀Trait (@PennyTrait) November 1, 2018
YNOT Cam: What are your goals for IGAF in 2019?
In sum, IGAF is looking for a more diverse variety of contributors and a bigger audience.
Sage: Now we are working on advertising that store and fundraising. We would love to be able to offer more money to more sex workers, but we need to build the business to be better able to do that. We would like to work on getting the word out about our project and directing customers to it.
Trait: We really want to try to make it to [the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE)], hoping to have a spot to promote ourselves and speak to other artists about what we’re doing and get them involved. Right now, we’ve got a lot of beautiful women, but we would love to get a little more variety in our store – more women of color, trans artists, men. Everyone is welcome, as long as [content] doesn’t violate the sites’ upload rules.
Bishop: We hope to eventually be a non-profit and our own clips store and payment processor so we can raise even more money.
Trait: We would love to be able to branch away from the paysites and be our own independent site, so that we don’t have to share the profits and have more to give. We’ve also discussed possibly opening a porn studio of our own. We thought that would be cool to eventually, if we were able, to have more money and pay performers to create porn for IGAF that we would sell. That’s more of a long-term goal, but we’re thinking about it.
Bishop: We hope to pick up the momentum in 2019 with our own website and merch. We also want to continue to grow and help survival sex workers and create projects to help street based workers. We are excited for big things and all the support we’ve been getting!
Cubicle selfie. Read: I should be working. pic.twitter.com/1enP8yth3K
— Jessie Sage (@sapiotextual) October 22, 2018
Those are the basics behind IGAF – and if you want, here’s how you can help.
Social Media and Promos
Models can share IGAF’s tweets, directing fans to support them, donating content, tipping and even purchasing clips. As we mentioned, IGAF sells content on AmateurPorn and ManyVids and accepts tips/gifts on IndieBill.
If you donate content, you will be promoted on IGAF’s Twitter — @IGAFclips — and website. They also offer coaching to donors via video chat sessions or private messaging.
According to Sage, “We are working really hard to build a collaborative community that is supportive of other models.”
There are other interesting promos that come up too. For instance, an anonymous contributor has donated to IGAF to promote voting. The donor will cover the cost of vids for ten people who prove to IGAF that they voted in the United States’ midterm election this November.
Thanks to a kind donation, we can give a free video to the first 10 people (maybe more if you all are into it!) that show us proof that they voted on Election Day!#vidsforvotes #pornfordemocracy #vote #rt pic.twitter.com/ipaYHW2LPV
— IGAF Clips (@IGAFclips) October 8, 2018
What if you’re not a mom?
This project evolved from a discussion about sex work and motherhood, but you do not have to be out as a sex-working parent (or a sex worker or a parent at all) to reach out to IGAF for help.
IGAF’s past campaigns have benefitted sex workers, but according to Trait, although IGAF began “to aid ‘mothers,’ particularly sex working mothers, since then we’ve decided to evolve a bit to aid any and all humans in need… You do not have to be a sex worker to receive our aid.”
IGAF aids all mothers and others in need. Anyone who is struggling may contact IGAF and start a campaign. Mainstream crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe aren’t always safe for sex workers, so IGAF provides a safe sex-worker-friendly alternative to raising money. If you are a sex worker in a tough situation, facing a large expense or in need of financial help, contact IGAF to discuss your situation and specify how much money you are hoping to raise. There is no standard set time frame or amount of funds for all campaigns, but please note IGAF must reach $100 minimum on IndieBill, ManyVids and AmateurPorn before the sites will release those earnings.
To donate content, simply email IGAF@protonmail.com with a downloadable file and a completed release form. IGAF will accept any content, as long as everyone appearing in the content is over the age of 18 and it doesn’t violate the rules of the given clip site. You can submit sex tapes, solo videos, orgies, fetish clips, cosplay porn, recorded cam shows, photo sets… Basically anything you own the copyright to, you can donate to IGAF.
AmateurPorn’s content rules can be found here, near the bottom under Content Restrictions. ManyVids’ content rules can be found here under Upload Rules and Forbidden Words. You can choose which site(s) you want your donated content to appear on — ManyVids, AmateurPorn or both. IGAF will sell your donated content based on what you indicate on your release form.
Now, go give some fucks and support the #cammunity (and sex workers in general) where you can.
UPDATE (December 21, 2018): Per the tweet below, apparently IGAF is no longer giving donations directly to sex workers but to established sex worker advocacy organizations instead/only.
👠 We're making major changes in 2019: first and foremost we've made a decision to donate funds raised to established sex work organizations.
❣ Our first donation was to @swopusa this week!
☂️ We hope to aid more great non-profit orgs like this one in 2019!
🙏 Tysm donators pic.twitter.com/UGrkKUxMeS
— IGAF Clips (@IGAFclips) December 20, 2018
Alsanna James is a student, advocate, spoonie, writer, gamer and adult content creator. Half silent oracle, half professional sexpot, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and find her on Twitter at @AlsannaJames.
IGAF screengrab via the author.