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Episode 236: What Parents Need to Know about OnlyFans. Plus, ‘IF’


When I first heard about OnlyFans, I thought, “So, is this, like, a sports site or something? Where you can talk endlessly about, say, the Denver Broncos?”

Well, that proved to be very incorrect (which, I hasten to add, I learned without going to the platform itself). See, OnlyFans is, essentially, a subscription-based social media-esque platform featuring primarily explicit content, according to our tech expert Emily Tsiao—and one that poses especially prickly problems for parents.

Emily, along with Bob Hoose, Jonathan McKee and host Adam Holz will tell you everything you need to know about OnlyFans—and how you can handle its ethical offshoots within your own family.

And then, the conversation will turn to something much, much lighter: The PG-rated movie IF.This tale about cast-aside imaginary friends hasn’t exactly set the box office ablaze yet, but our reviewer Bob Hoose thought it was a very nice film—albeit one with a few caveats. He and Adam will unpack IF’s positives and negatives, and hopefully their discussion will clear up an “if” that you might have: If you should see the movie or not.

And then, once we’re done gabbing, we’d love to turn the conversation over to you, our very real friends. Are you seeing issues related to OnlyFans? Were you as clueless about the site’s true nature as I was? Have you seen IF, or do you want to? Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Yep, this is the time to share all sorts of thoughts with us. Do so on Facebook. Or Instagram. Or via email. Or voicemail. Or all four, if you’d like. We’re not picky.

And then, listen to us again about this time next week, when we’ll roll out yet another scintillating episode. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

4 Responses

  1. If I may ask, have you all been getting an especially large number of inquiries about this? There was another OnlyFans blog post as recently as this month, from 04 May. A certain other popular website uses the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP)’s “Restricted to Adults” label (rtalabel dot org), but I don’t know if OnlyFans also uses that technology (designed to make parental controls easier to set up) or not.

  2. It occurs to me that there are plenty of occasions, including now, to talk to young people about the importance of recognizing when people who stress “traditional family values” are actually living lives in the background that are much more lurid than what they profess, and how that does not have to reflect poorly on God or the Bible itself.

    This was what shook my young faith at the turn of the century – I was already reading through the whole Bible at a rate my youth group never prepared us for, and seeing how oftentimes-very-imperfect individuals like King David sometimes treated others such as Bathsheba and Uriah (and then how some people later made excuses for it) was emotionally devastating.

    1. And yet there are alot of “wholesome” traditional families that are wholesome families that are disgusted by things such as disgusting tawdy definitely inmoral only fans. And yet the bible is also full of impefect that may not have only fans moments still have some caveats cause truth to be told the only one to who is truly perfect is God Himself. So dont give up faith or God just because bible does have some gritty characters that God himself calls out and remember that essentially everyone is born a sinner till meet God and redeemed by grace and God.

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