Exactly. Would a female cam model just want to cam for free? Do free cum shows cause they just love to cam? The male section is loaded with it, so most people realize why pay when their are models that are free.More and more dudes bored at home, wanking their dicks for free on sites in the guise of being "male cam models".
Sorry the male market is getting worse, though it's never been up to par with the female market.
Dudes will do it for attention.
A few chicks will do it for attention, but majority want (and can get) compensation for it because dudes are much more thirsty for watching girls do it than girls are for watching dudes do it.
It's growing, just in a different way it used to. If I recall you started doing cam stuff before it was even popular, so you have a different view of how it could be. Camming stuff is getting more and more popular in a mainstream way. So the supply and demand is different.
Not sure where it is growing. I have read lot's of complaints on how traffic is pretty much slowed down, and is not like it use to be. CB seems to have lot's of bots, generated probably by studios, and promoters of certain models; in order to be on the first page all the time. Back in the day no one ever saw 5 or 6 figure room counts. It's insane. And how would that look if there were 100,000 people in one room chatting at the same time?