AB-332 & Measure B, or “Is AIDS Healthcare Foundation just another cuckoo anti-porn group?”

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The adult industry voluntarily enforced testing in the 1990s. This self-regulation idea was founded on knowing that your scene partner has a clean bill of health for personal comfort and peace of mind. And it evolved to accommodate unforeseeable things.

For instance, AIM Healthcare was founded by Sharon Mitchell as the centralized testing facility in 1998 so that no one could fake a test. AHF managed to destroy AIM through legal attacks, making Mr. Marcus’ faking a negative syphilis test possible in 2012. Progressive, right? AHF also walked hand-in-hand with Shelley Lubben–a well-documented phony and sex worker predator–and her ridiculous foundation, ultimately propping her up as she engaged prominent media outlets with delusional rants about gang rape and things that were proven later to be all in her ‘talks to the moon and plays with ouija boards’ head. They also employed two disgruntled ex-performers who contracted HIV to be their spokespeople without disclosing their “paid actor” status during a major campaign. One of these spokespeople is also a well-documented phony, and has a long criminal history to boot. Sound good, so far?

The industry does not want to share HIV among its performers. It may no longer be a death sentence, but men and women who might choose to reproduce some day do not want to contract HIV, and no one wants to medicate for the rest of their lives. Condoms do not prevent STD- and HIV-transmission. They break and tear and are an idiot’s epiphany at a first line of defense against STDs and HIV. Testing is the best first line of defense.

So what does AIDS Healthcare Foundation do? They use an exorbitant and extremely questionable amount of time and money through their 501(c)3 non-profit to lobby for… condom police! Why? Because ‘the gay industry embraces condoms’. That’s Michael Weinstein’s genius statement in a video interview here [alternate link here]. Uh… yeah… and they don’t reproduce… *pregnant pause for slience, confusion and ‘wtf’ thought bubbles* … Anti-porn at its scientific finest. Cue Shelley Lubben to talk about her cured-incurable herpes. Woop doop do-do-do do-doop doop doop doop.. (Circus music–in case that needs explaining.)

The inferior method was not only championed through Measure B, it’s now being pushed statewide through California State Assembly Bill 332 (AB-332). And we still get the incredible pleasure of the same tired “testing isn’t enough”; “the multi-billion dollar porn industry”; “companies like Hustler and Vivid aren’t going anywhere” ridiculousness from Weinstein himself along with the usual legislative bullying. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. AHF probably has more money than the entire industry combined–“200 million annually”??–and Hustler and Vivid are not “the porn industry”. The actual porn industry is comprised of hundreds of small producers, independent webcam models, etc., and the boom years are over. It is an insanely absurd idea that these smaller producers won’t leave California and take their chances fighting for free speech rights and creative expression elsewhere. I suppose we’re expecting every producer to make an AHF-style announcement in the LA Times that they are moving to [name your state here]. Sure. Okay. That’s not going to happen.

And now, suspiciously, “an anonymous letter” was sent to AHF–not the County Health Department, mind you–informing the anti-porn science geniuses that Immoral Productions is shooting scenes without condoms and being immoral, I mean… illegal. Mark Roy McGrath had an interesting statement to make about it:

“Such acts are known to traumatize vaginal and rectal mucosa and significantly increase the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Business activities occurring at Immoral Productions pose a substantial risk of bodily harm and life long disability.” ~ Full letter here.

Huh? Life long disability? This from an organization that has openly criticized wasting money on finding a cure for HIV because it’s treatable? Is that the life long disability? What life long disability are we talking about here? There has not been one HIV outbreak since 2004. And the only solo HIV case? Derrick Burts–the AHF spokesperson with a long criminal history–in 2010, who stated that he contracted HIV on a condom-only shoot outside of the tested talent pool in Florida and was promptly removed from said pool never to work with the tested population ever again. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that members of California’s governing body who deal with these people on a regular basis chug a gallon of vodka a night just to attempt to bleach the insanity from their brains. You can’t make this up.

Anti-porn groups and individuals have one prominent thing in common: A pronounced lack of common sense. They actually think censorship is “progressive”. And even if they don’t actually believe that, they say so, opting for the Orson Welles ‘aliens have landed’ hysteria hoping the entire animal population will run right into their trap. It’s too cuckoo for words. Yes, let’s create an entire department dedicated to policing condoms in porn. There just really aren’t more worthwhile causes or ways to aid industry members, and our financially burdened state is just not financially burdened enough.

Listen, I can back education and efforts to further testing awareness because every adult who has sex with multiple performers should submit for regular testing for their own peace of mind–adult industry or no. Common sense is to know your health status and base your sex practices on what best suits you and your partner(s). The behind-the-scenes porn industry is an incredible model for adult sexual practices, period. These people test, then show up to set and have a sober, lucid conversation about their boundaries and preferences before one sexual thing happens. That’s a mature approach to sexual conduct. Not club hopping, getting drunk, taking drugs, and hoping for the best. The final product is fantasy, but the lead-up and aftermath is about as mature as it gets in multiple partner sex practices.

As far as I’m concerned, AHF is no different than the Pink Cross Foundation and Michael Weinstein is just a male version of Gail Dines. These people masquerading as caring individuals while their efforts line their own pockets and drain everyone else’s is a tedious, disgusting business far worse than some of the seedier sex acts found in porn.


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11 Comments

  1. It’s a weirdo anti-porn group that masks itself as a mainstream group. ‘Forcing’ condoms is a restriction step, another move of the chess piece to their ultimate goal: elimination. The industry will leave and go elsewhere; and to eliminate it is impossible at the point. With the cheapness of a HD video camera, webcam and fast internet streaming, it doesn’t matter anymore. Enforce condoms in LA, and people will go elsewhere and make amateur movies.

  2. They do anyway. Ha!! No one even knows at what rate people have been leaving California. There aren’t as many “home owners” as there used to be. A lot of people live the gypsy lifestyle these days, and the only real money seems to be in webcamming and making amateur-looking product. High-end stuff is out.

    Also they use Wicked as the model for a company that successfully exists in a condom-only world, but didn’t they sell some online real estate to Manwin at some point? Has Steve Orenstein ever made a public statement about how well Wicked does?

    It’s such a headache watching these clueless, archaic-thinking antis go on and on about what they think they know, and the “anonymous letter” is such a huge facepalm.

  3. Good points.

    Webcams, tube sites and amateur products will be the death of professional adult entertainment. These people are like the nail in the coffin. Go to a tube site, type a name, and get to see whomever you want–for free.

  4. I still maintain that the closure of AIM was one of the WORST things to ever happen to the adult industry. Not only did it eliminate a highly efficient testing practice facility in general, but the entire testing system of the porn landscape was effectively wiped out, including the comprehensive database that allowed producers to easily monitor a performer’s test status.

    Despite the beliefs of others, I feel APHSS and FSC have done an admirable job over the past couple of years of attempting to get things back in order on the testing and database fronts. However, none of this should have been an issue to begin with.

    As for the condom issue, I stand by the opinion I have always held: If HIV and other serious STDs were a rampant problem in the industry, folks like Weinstein may have a valid argument. However, it has long been proven that testing WORKS and outside anti-pornographers interjecting their “concern” is not needed.

    There always seems to be some sort of ulterior motive from anti-porn groups other than “caring about the performers.” Personally, I wish they would all just piss off, get real jobs and let the rest of us enjoy life.

    Then again, I guess their current jobs are pretty lucrative … so why on Earth would they want to do that, huh?

  5. good post.

    drive the price of content so low that it’s garbage… I just ate an expensive dinner, watched some live music and drank some very expensive booze.

    go watch your stolen content and your crappy amatuer video… I hope you get a FREE computer virus.

  6. You would think they have better things to do, more people to save and money that could be spent to help, cure, educate? Seems strange. (he vodka is costing me a fortune and it doesn’t seem to be working)

  7. VS–So true. And to think AVN gave out an award for best pirate site, er… I mean, best *free* porn site. WTF???

    Alex–Haha! It’s not working for me either! LOL

    Adam–I’m writing something right now about the performers and antis who claim STDs are an inevitable problem in the industry. I didn’t get one STD in six years. How did I avoid it, and yet these other people–who worked around the same time I did and with the same people–are plagued? I was cleanly, but not really special compared to everyone else as far as looks and intelligence go; upbringing. There is something to that and I’m trying to flesh it out in an essay without being a dick. Hard to do these days, what with my Christian friend asking me leading questions and MW’s demented-looking mug all over the place. A friend said to me today, “You know a person is ‘off’ by looking at their face. The face literally freezes over time to indicate that person’s usual mental state. You can tell some people are just not right in the head.” ~ Said after looking at a picture of Michael Weinstein.

    I applaud FSC’s ability to get APHSS.org up and going when they did. They managed to replace the system in record time and do it without breaking laws. I think it’s absolutely brilliant!

  8. So, what’s the next move for AHF, follow people from night clubs and make sure they’re able to put on condoms in their intoxicated stupor? If not then their whole crusade to make sure porn performers wear condoms on set just seems to be lacking in feasibility. Plus there’s also making sure that everyone in the United States always wear condoms when having sex for …recreational purposes. Of course they won’t do that because such a measure wouldn’t possibly pass. The whole idea is just silly.

    Although, I wish that when the people against mandatory condoms in porn production speak out that they come up with better arguments. While listening to that guy from Vivid come up with reasons for why the such measures shouldn’t be implemented I thought that, in no way, would sway a person for the pro-condom side. Most of which are probably anti-porn anyway so what good would it be to say that condoms would mean the industry may have to leave the state?

    And, Weinstein still looks like an evil Ron Popeil. (He can also sell useless crap to the masses)

  9. Actually, yes. I think that is what they do. I saw a tweet from them today about being at some event with plenty of condoms to hand out. The Condom Police: because we (s)care.

    I agree. The argument needs an upgrade even though it’s a logical one.

  10. Okay, I really hoped I was joking there. “The Condom Police”; scary indeed.

    Yes, I don’t deny the logic of the argument, just the persuasiveness of it.

    It also helps that the areas around his eyes are a bit dark.

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