Former Love Island star, Megan Barton-Hanson, joined Good Morning Britain panellists recently with boyfriend and fellow contestant Wes Nelson in tow. She was there to discuss the criticism she had received following her stint on the ITV2 hit series.

No woman should be judged on their sex lives

No woman should be judged on their sex lives

Megan continues to face a consistent stream of negativity in light of her previous career as an ex cam girl and stripper. She had previously earned money by uploading X-rated clips to the web, however, Megan is adamant that women should not be valued based on their sexual history; a statement she boldly printed across her t-shirt. Clearly stating that women should be able to do exactly as women please with their bodies, Megan continues to campaign for the rights of cam girls and the importance of female empowerment.

Amber Kelly, a cam girl from ‘Off the Record Models’, discusses here why no woman should be valued based on her sexual history.

Stereotypes are unjust labels often imposed on all women within the adult entertainment industry, and it appears an increasing number of female performers are joining the battle against prejudice and unwarranted criticism.

The importance of supporting Megan and celebrities like her in their efforts to drive success is indisputable; having had limitations imposed on her based on her own sexual history, Amber recognises that it’s not just cam girls who experience this form of gender inequality. Women everywhere are subject to negativity based on their “number”, turn-ons, partner, or lack thereof … an unfortunate fact that needs to change.

My name is Amber Kelly and I’m a 29-year-old cam girl, a career I’m incredibly proud of. Despite popular opinion, I love my job and I love my clients.

However, I’ve found that cam girls, as with all women in the adult entertainment industry, are often faced with unnecessary criticism and backlash for choosing a less than conventional career. This was undeniably highlighted when Megan Barton-Hanson entered Love Island this year. From the start, she was open when discussing her previous work as a stripper and cam girl, uploading X-rated clips to the web… this was something I felt should be admired.

Although, the response to Megan’s honesty was not entirely positive. It seemed that from the beginning of the series, Megan’s reputation was tarnished. As she got to know several male Islanders, she was accused of being too promiscuous. During challenges, Megan was considered to be less intelligent than her fellow contestants and evidently, the negative, sleazy stereotype that engulfs women within the adult entertainment industry persists. However, it may be argued that this reception would have appeared regardless, for women generally (despite the fact we’re in the 21st century), are often valued based on their sexual history.

Megan continues to support her decision to couple up with several Islanders, arguing that this is dating; perfectly normal and perfectly acceptable. Plus, she “likes sex”, what’s wrong with that? Yet, her actions were used to value Megan’s worth, personality and morals. What she saw as rightful experimentation, was used to insinuate that Megan had little self-respect, flitting from one man to another… despite the fact that all of the male contestants, and even some of the other female contestants, did the exact same thing, without as much criticism.

Judging a woman based on her sexual history is not only unfair with regards to gender inequality, but because no single aspect of a person’s life can account for their entire being, nor should this be used to diminish other, beautiful aspects of their personality.

Yes, I am a cam girl, but just like you this does not reflect my life in its entirety. I love my family, fitness and have boat-loads of confidence in myself and my body (sorry, not sorry!) Plus, I have a partner who loves me and respects my unwavering passion for camming. In ways you’d never believe, I exceed the stereotype that has been thrust upon women within this industry.

I’m also not ashamed to say that I love sex, I love love and yes, I’ve had a few sexual partners! Who hasn’t?! Our sexual history should do nothing but bring back memories of intimate moments, shared with people we’ve connected with, regardless as to how this arose or how long it lasted. Sex is unique to each person, each couple and this is what makes it wonderful; expressing this vulnerability and emotion should never be portrayed as something negative, it’s human nature to seek a connection.

I perform for men and women online on a daily basis and all of these clients come in an abundance of different shapes and sizes, as do us models. Clearly, no matter your gender, background or age, we all enjoy sex… don’t expect us to hide it!”

To find out more about ‘Off the Record Models’, visit www.otrmodels.co.uk


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