If you ever feel like you’re alone out there with all the negative talk from the mainstream about what you do for a living, you’ll be happy to know that Jerkmate, the online camming community, has your back and is trying to do something about it.
This past week, they partnered with VICE Magazine to do a story to help educate those out there that need educating about why camming deserves some respect. Full-time cammer, Amber Alena, was the subject and openly shared how she felt about those judging the job:
“Sex work is really liberating,” she says. “I wish more people would withhold their negative opinions about it because some of us, like myself, really like what we do.”
In addition to VICE running the piece they also produced a five-minute video in partnership with Jerkmate and Amber that got 125K views within one day of posting on YouTube. If you’re disheartened by some of the nasty comments that were posted remember that YouTube is known for bringing out the trolls so you can’t take them too seriously. Most viewers will never comment, like, or share, but they will listen and watch. That’s what’s important.
What’s best about this news, however, is that the positive message is coming from a mainstream media outlet.
We can scream all we want about how camming is treated as a profession, but it often falls on deaf ears until we have an outside voice weighing in. Just like any other marginalized group we need our mainstream allies to help plead our case. Having an article/video from a heavy hitter like VICE in partnership with Jerkmate is a step in the right direction.
Granted, one feature is not going to change the world over night, but there are those that will pay attention because of the legitimacy of VICE.
If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it’s owned by VICE Media Group which is a forward-thinking conglomerate that not only publishes the online and print versions of the mag, but also owns Virtue, Pulse Films, Vice Studios, and Vice Distribution. In addition, their YouTube channel has 16.6 million subscribers so you can count on the story getting out there.
So go give it a look!
Alyssa Collins hails from Minnesota, where snowy days were the perfect excuse to stay warm inside and write. Over the years, she turned that joy into a career and has authored numerous articles for various publications (under pen names). Email Alyssa via email@example.com.