We’ve heard the argument for condoms, seen the commercials from yesterday’s AHF press conference and know this:
- The general population–who knows less about porn production than AHF–is being forced to vote on a porn production measure that will be bad for the State of California, money-wise; and could be bad for performers, health-wise. (We don’t know the longterm side effects of daily condom use.)
- AHF’s paid models for the mandate are Darren James and Derrick Burts. Burts has a long criminal history and went to the Free Speech Coalition to broker a deal, ready to sell his support to the highest bidder–link here.
- The industry was never asked what it wanted, but we know that performers want to choice to use condoms or not use condoms. Some performer-choice advocates: Kayden Kross, Steven St. Croix, Rebecca Bardoux, Alia Janine, Tanya Tate, Kylie Ireland, Monique Alexander, Nina Hartley, Amber Lynn, Jiz Lee, Darryl Hanah, Veronica Avluv, Alison Tyler, Stormy Daniels, Ela Darling, Shay Fox, Dick Chibbles, Eva Angelina, Sinn Sage, Barrett Blade, Danny Wylde, Lea Lexi, Teagan Presley, Jessie Andrews, Skin Diamond, Christy Canyon, Kiki Daire, Kimberly Kane, James Deen, Leya Falcon, Stoya, Jessica Drake, Tera Patrick, Ron Jeremy.
- HIV numbers in porn have been conflated with people who tested positive for HIV and were prevented from entering the talent pool, as well as people who are not apart of the industry-elected testing protocol.
- The industry-elected testing system works.
- Condoms do not prevent STDs, STIs or HIV.
What is yet unspoken about this is that if this measure passes, someone’s family member or friend–someone who has made a life decision to work in health or safety and not in the porn industry–will be required to go to porn sets.
I don’t propose to sway anyone’s thinking on stereotypes about the adult industry. Sometimes assumptions about people based on their job choices are time-saving and useful. There’s a reason why people seek the jobs they seek, and it’s a fairly safe bet that someone not in the sex industry doesn’t want to be in the sex industry.
That makes the idea now that someone’s relative or friend could suddenly find themselves in the position of being sent to porn sets on a daily basis all the more horrifying. You’re looking at either someone being appointed beyond their control because they need their job, or someone volunteering, which could be very bad for performers who right now work within a group of people they know and trust. I’ve seen what outsiders are like on sets and they are either terrified until they find everyone amiable and not trying to rape them, or creepy to the point of making performers cry in the middle of a scene. This is a problem Michael Weinstein would know nothing about because he is 1) a man and, 2) knows nothing about working in the adult industry.
Of Michael Fattorosi’s post on condoms and caner risk, I think it is another good question regarding AHF’s motives, which Fattorosi sums up with this:
“Why hasn’t this issue been raised in the debate as to whether condom use should be mandatory? Why are condoms being forced on the industry before any controlled studies have been completed as to high exposure and long term effects of Nitrosamines are more closely examined?
Oh yes, because condoms are being pushed by the AIDs Healthcare Foundation and the health and safety of performers would only get in the way of their safer sex message for the general public, who will never develop cancer from the use of a condom.”
Also for audio on Michael Weinstein’s sparsely-attended press release yesterday, audio here. Who are you going to believe? Non-industry organization AHF and their two paid models, or an industry full of performers?
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