Let’s Talk About Porn

Let’s Talk About Porn

GURU EDITOR'S TALK

Thai OnlyFans creators are probably sweating right now due to the police clamp down on them for making explicit content, which is illegal in Thailand. Nong Khai Nao (Miss Bad Egg), the most well-known of Thai creators, was arrested on Monday night along with her boyfriend. Nong Khai Nao allegedly raked in, at her peak, nearly B1 million in three months, but has now quit OnlyFans to focus on her YouTube content instead. They face three years imprisonment or a B60,000 fine, or both.

Their arrest has sparked a lot of debate regarding Thai police priorities for there are more pressing issues and crimes out there (gambling websites, for example), and whether creating X-rated content on OnlyFans should be considered illegal, to begin with.    

Lt Gen Kanchai Khlaikhleung, chief of the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau, said on Tuesday that he is unfazed by the criticism as his bureau is only doing its duty. He compared the  arrest to killing a chicken in front of monkeys, a Thai proverb that means punishing someone in order to deter others from doing the same. In order to uphold the “good morale of Thailand” and out of concern on its impact on the younger generations, he said that he couldn’t turn a blind eye.  

At the risk of sounding too liberal (I’m not left on everything, BTW), sexy-positive and woke, I find very little problems with OnlyFans creators. While conservatives may have objections to sexual content, in the end, it’s an honest job that hurts no one. Creators choose how much they want to show their bodies or what they want to do with them. They also get to choose who to “collaborate” with if they want to go that far. They also choose images and videos that they want to be accessible to their fans. It sounds like being your own boss, in a sense. If we’re looking at it through the concept of body sovereignty, creators have full control over theirs. 

Fans who are enticed (or aroused) enough pay for a monthly subscription so they can log in to get o** and get on with the rest of their day. It’s a rather clear-cut business transaction that involves three parties and I don’t see anyone getting hurt in the process (If you do, I sincerely ask you to please educate me). OnlyFans is a mediator between a creator and his/her fan. No bribe is being paid either. 

Possible issue creators may have is the reaction from their friends and families who may disapprove or shun them because of stigma related to being porn providers. Nong Khai Nao admitted that her family strongly disapproved of her being on OnlyFans but later came around. It’s the burden that I’m sure creators would bear in mind before they make the jump. 

To make a big fuss over OnlyFans creators in the name of good Thai morale only highlights the other activities that the authorities seem to turn a blind eye to. 

Thai men go to soapy massage parlours to strictly receive innocent massages. Lounges are places where men chat with ladies and nothing more. Thailand doesn’t have any red-light districts. Sex toys can’t be legal because we’re a Buddhist country. Thai men are monogamous with their wives no matter how rich or powerful they are. Our MPs have never been caught looking at explicit pictures during important meetings. And I’m the Pope. 

Mind you, I’m not saying that OnlyFans creators are some kind of heroes kids should aspire to emulate. Providing explicit content may not be your idea of honest and respectable work but, when stigma is removed and in the context of a secular society, it’s just another job and obviously, there’s a demand for it. 

Some people want to masturbate in peace and quiet and some people choose to provide material for that of their own volition. What’s so evil about it that can corrupt society?  

Everybody watches porn. Get over it.

Pornchai Sereemongkonpol

Guru section Editor

Guru section Editor

Email : pornchais@bangkokpost.co.th

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