The Devil’s Advocate: Should California require condom use in the adult film industry?

In Columns, Opinion

By Cort Tafoya

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Porn is an art, there’s no getting around that. Mandating a male porn actor to wear a condom is like requiring Da Vinci to use only watercolors; not only would it be nonsensical, it’d be damaging to our culture.

Unfortunately, America’s trend of excessive government regulation has overtaken one of its most booming businesses, the porn industry. A six-member California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to review a study from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is petitioning for a law requiring porn stars to wear condoms.

“We feel like this is the game-changer. The sentiment expressed by the board members indicates that the majority if not all of them are willing to vote for regulations,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based advocacy group, implying that the condom law is sure to pass.

Everyone watches porn, they just don’t want to admit it – those viruses on your computer are coming from somewhere. So assuming you know what good porn looks like, you have to agree it doesn’t involve distracting latex straps.

After viewing hours and hours of porn in an attempt to research for this article, I realized that mandatory condoms would not only destroy the fantasies of the single, overweight virgins who constantly watch porn, but would also attack our most precious constitutional right to free speech.

Don’t let concerns over safety fool you into sacrificing your freedoms.

Sex is risky business, but it’s the right of every American to engage in risky behavior.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give us essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither freedom nor safety.” Furthermore, it is hypocritical for politicians, of all people, to advocate the use of condoms. Tell that to John Edwards before lecturing pornographer Peter North.

Requiring a man to cover his package, as if its some sort of disgrace to humanity, is an affront to humanity. This isn’t about AIDS or STDs. The sharp young men and women in the porn industry know the risks involved in their fantastic “sexcapades.”

Besides, there’s already a law that requires porn actors to be STD-tested 30 days before they shoot, making this condom law just another excessive expenditure for the industry.

In the recent political-themed porno “Who’s Nailin’ Palin’,” a hardcore sex scene takes place in the Alaskan wilderness. How unrealistic would it be if the actress playing Sarah Palin had to wait for her man to put a jimmy hat on before they went at it? Everyone knows the Palins don’t practice safe sex, just ask baby Trig or Levi Johnston.

The goal of the government and special interest groups supporting this law is to put the porn industry out of business. Sex is arguably the last thing Americans are number one at. If there’s just one right the people of this country will stand up and defend, it should be the right of porn actors to be uninhibited, the way God intended.

By Brenna Phillips

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Hazards advisory board is considering amending a law that would require actors in the porn industry to “wrap it up” while filming sex scenes for adult films. “Hustler” publisher Larry Flint and other industry leaders feel that this law is unfair to the adult film viewers who “don’t want to see people using condoms” when watching a porno.

However, it seems unfair to expose adult film stars to potentially life-threatening diseases. The fact that leaders in the film industry are being uncooperative with efforts to ensure the safety of their actors shows how disposable they think porn stars are.

It’s understandable that the people watching these movies are attempting to escape reality and they don’t want to be reminded that we live in a disease-ridden world by having Ron Jeremy pull a Trojan out of his back pocket and proceed to put it on before going at it with Jenna Jameson, but we shouldn’t expect actors in the porn industry to put themselves at risk just so a horny, middle-age voyeur can get off watching other people have sex.

Even though the actors and actresses of the porn industry have the ability to bring over-the-top sexual scenarios to life on your television screen (sorry boys, there are not two blonde virgins next door waiting for you to come strip off their clothes), they are still real people who are susceptible to contracting the same diseases you and I can get when engaging in unprotected sex.

Currently, the law requires U.S. adult film actors to prove that they have tested negative for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases within 30 days of working on a film. Leaders of the adult film industry may think these testing procedures are foolproof, but if that was the case, then there would not have been an HIV outbreak among porn stars in the San Fernando Valley in 2004. As of 2009, there are a total of 22 adult film performers who have become infected with HIV since the 2004 outbreak, which may have been prevented if they were wearing condoms.

Not to mention, requiring actors in the adult film industry to wear a condom could also send a positive message to the impressionable young boys and girls who are taking lessons from their illegally-downloaded porn on their parents’ computers.

The porn industry thinks that forcing actors to wear condoms will bring the industry to its knees (no pun intended) and have even threatened to relocate out of California, but I suspect that the viewers of porn will be able to get past this minor detail. Let’s face it, popping “Beauty and the Priest” into your DVD player is much easier than actually going out and getting laid.

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2 commentsOn The Devil’s Advocate: Should California require condom use in the adult film industry?

  • You guys have it wrong…there is no “law” requiring testing. It’s simply S.O.P. on most LA-based adult film sets. Also, don’t forget about the gay porn studios who self-regulated by mandating condoms on porn sets over 20 years ago due to the government’s lack of response during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Gay porn with condoms is still a multi-million dollar business without any laws or state regulator interference.

  • the film industry is of course a multi billion dollar industry that employs a lot of people ‘*`

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