Condoms Could Be Seen in Porn Soon


Image from porn.com

So I realize that my most recent posts have been dripping with science, and while they are all interesting and informative in their own right (at least I like to think so) I understand that not everyone wants to read about nonporous graphene, even if it may lead to a future without water shortages.  Stack that on top of the fact that I’m on vacation and just don’t have the urge to scour through more scientific articles to try and find something worth writing about.  This being said, please excuse this tangential digression, as well as my redundancies, because this is something really, truly interesting and could only happen in the U.S.

In November voters in Los Angeles County will be able to vote on whether adult actors have to wear condoms while filming.  This measure gathered enough signatures to be on the ballot, but it also may cause the adult film industry to leave L.A.—although it seems the only other state they can flock to would be New Hampshire.

The movement rose out of a fear of HIV, which has caused productions of adult film to be suspended in the past.  The industry claims that its actors are regularly tested, and this requirement would hurt the business.

The city is still unclear on how it would enforce the ordinance.

All kidding aside, it is an ordinance that could prove beneficial, far outside the realm of L.A. County.  Having adult actors wear condoms would enforce the importance of safe sex on viewers, hopefully reducing the percentage of unwanted pregnancies, though I doubt by a significant amount.

Here’s what The LA Times had to say about it:

“The landmark law marks a rare attempt to regulate how films are made, threatening an industry that has been a source of millions of dollars in revenue. AIDS activists are gathering signatures for a countywide ballot measure that would extend the ban to dozens of additional communities.”

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  1. Juan Blackman says:

    The only thing this law would do is hurt the porn industry. It would not be the first time condoms have been worn in mainstream pornographic films. Back in the late 1990’s, the porn companies actually instituted condom use in all features. As expected, it didn’t go over well with audiences, and hence all prophylactic use in porn production was halted. A few actors and actresses retired because of the AIDS scare in the industry in the 90’s, but many more came to fill their shoes. Porn is all about fantasy–not safe sex. HIV, Herpes, and other STD’s do not exist to the viewer, and most would opt not to see condoms being used on camera. We all know we’re supposed to have protected sex to stop the spread of diseases, and most of us use protection in our regular lives. That’s why people watch porn. To be able to submit to a false reality of smokin’ hot chicks and dudes with dicks big enough to make any horse envious for about an hour and a half isn’t hurting anyone. In fact, it probably helps a lot of people. The thought of condoms can make sex boring for most people. You should at least be able to watch a simple raw sex, skin to skin, poolside orgy of people who look better than your mate ever will without having to worry about catching something. Porn stars are here to help us and free us from our mundane lives. Just like others who put themselves in positions to serve the public (police, firemen, soldiers), their jobs can be life threatening at times, but if making us happy makes them happy, I don’t see why we should change a thing. Besides, all that would happen is that the underground porn circuit would explode, the mainstream would crumble, and pornography would become a seemingly tax-free industry.

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