And to further Bambi's emphasis on the community experience, there is a community among these viewers, too.
The men recognize each other in rooms, greet each other, and start friendships and feuds. If I do have some basic or random guest who's like, 'Show me your asshole,' these guys will be like, 'Get the fuck out of here.' It's a community of people jerking off to you, but they're also your homies.
She makes almost 0 in the 45 minutes I'm with her, and she doesn't do much besides talk to me (offscreen) about camming.
Eevie—like many of the models I spoke to for this article—broadcasts herself through the site My Free Cams, or MFC.
But almost three years later, visitors to Eevie's room still ask for the coffee stand. He replies in the group chat box: "i haven't been around all day but Sarah has been watching." I ask Eevie who Sarah is, and she says that's Boggers's wife.
The history of Eevie's camming career is collective, a mutual memory that builds and changes with the people she's connected to, and the stories Eevie told me were my first exposure to how personal and meaningful camming relationships can become. (Sarah's name has been changed for this article.) Boggers asks if Eevie has told me "their story." He explains over private message: "Eevie has been great, we liked her from the first time we saw her just a real genuine person not fake and all about the tokens and stuff.
Another described the models as "therapists who get naked." "I think the main appeal, for both models and members, is the instant connection," Dunne wrote in an e-mail. Camming is like love on tap, and as the community grows and evolves, it only becomes more nuanced and plentiful." o what's the money like?
It varies wildly, though several models I spoke to said that on MFC, the average is an hour.
First diagnosed with ALS then Lyme disease now it is 13 years later and she is basically paralyzed from the neck down and I take care of her full time.
Neither she nor her viewers seem in a hurry to reach the topic.
Most of her viewers right now are her "friends," who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories. "People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand," says Eevie.
"The younger guys are people who work too much, like car mechanics and a lot of blue-collar jobs where they just come home and they're exhausted, and they don't want to go out, and they just want someone to talk to," Bambi continued.
"And then there's the whole other clientele, which is married men who aren't getting laid." These demographics kind of surprised me—all the models I talked to emphasized that most of their regulars are unhappily married men or workaholics, not lonely, single social pariahs.
"They were a younger couple, they had a 2-year-old boy at the time, and they'd been trying to get pregnant again for like a year, and it wasn't working.