EVERYONE HAS found themselves in a dark corner of the internet at some point or another but usually you don’t find yourself footing the bill for online fetishism in the end, however if you're into financial domination you might.
Financial domination (Findom) is a fetish lifestyle that requires the “pay pigs” or “money fags” to give some or all control of their finances to their “cash master” and paying them to dominate them through messaging “the whole gist of it is money buzz power, by giving away their money they give away their power”. Master’s receive gifts such as money through their PayPal accounts, items from their Amazon wish lists and gift cards.
Jack Fullam, a student at the National college of art and design (NCAD) dabbled in this Twitter fetishism in the hopes to make a quick buck “I’m always finding out mad money schemes, and I see this article on it on Vice and I thought Oh My God this is for me". Though Twitter is generally used for angsty teens tweeting their problems, it also has a much seedier side. As soon as Jack started to send out tweets, responses came quickly “the first person who messaged me was telling me that they were lying in a puddle of piss as we speak”. Financial Domination feeds into most anything that falls under the bracket of BDSM.
The reality of it is that many people involved in this have families and average jobs, the kind of people you know. These men by no means live lavish lifestyles but are so sucked in by fandom “there were some slaves who were like please don’t take all my money Sir, I’m so broke, I’ve been in debt multiple times over this fetish and I was like I don't care that’s your problem not mine, I’m taking your money”. The way in which the sub has a desire to be treated for some, is just inconceivable "they love to be treated like a piece of shit really. I would make them whip themselves and make them write Jack is the best master in the world on a sheet 40 times and send a picture of it".
Other things that can go on between the sub and dom can include retweet games and cash rape. Retweet games are when a master tweets a price list for each retweet, favorite and comment, then @’s his pay pig and leaves it for a period of time and by the end of the agreed time the pay pig has to pay what his master has earned. Cash rape is when masters use software like TeamViewer to access their subs computer and accounts and take their money while the sub watches their bank account being drained helplessly generally while masturbating "It’s a moral grey area but everything is consensual”.
Jack found it draining as he wasn’t naturally a dominant person “I’d get a text and be frantically googling how to dominate your sub. It got too stressful. What do I say to this person...I’m not naturally dominant?" However, he was trying this out as a potential money maker so he decided to really give it a shot "they would buy me runners or send me amazon gift cards...give me €100." He didn’t stop there, he would make his slaves pay his phone bill and send him money for cigarettes.
Though the slaves and masters seem to work together in a distorted perception of harmony, their stark differences in personality and sexual confidence is the key to the exchange “Master never messages a sub first…. most of the dominants are just in it for the money." The aesthetic that Jack portrays makes for a niche market, most masters are very masculine, big and hairy men or brooding dominatrix type women "It’s mostly women, there’s a few men, most of them are gay, but there’s some who are straight and use homophobia to dominate some of their slaves”.
The money to be made is not something to turn your nose up at, with people making upward of €2000 in one day, “I followed one other master who would make between €500 and €2000 a day". It almost seems like a dream job, a few dirty mean messages sent over Twitter and then a nice deposit in your PayPal". Though Jack didn’t pursue it as his permanent money scheme he gave it a fair trial run and reflects on the entire experience fondly, “I never made too much money from it, but over the course of like a month I made like €800. That’s like a very low income for it. Life is very busy at the moment, but if I wasn’t doing college and stuff like I’d definitely do it again”