Let’s begin with Michael Marois’ Bloomberg Businessweek article posted yesterday entitled, Porn Makers Fighting Condom Rule as California Pushes Protection.
There is a quote from Michael Weinstein of AIDS Healthcare Foundation; a very interesting admission:
“Part of our effort is about promoting safe sex and we think that this is a bad influence,” foundation President Michael Weinstein said in a telephone interview. “We can’t and don’t want to control the content of the films in terms of any speech, but as a public-health entity, we are promoting safer sex and we’ve gotten more publicity about condoms from this campaign around porn than anything else we could have ever done.”
I posted it on my Tumblr with the added commentary, “Proving that they are trying to inhibit the free speech of others for no other reason than to create publicity for their own message.”
Thank you, Mr. Weinstein, for your transparency.
Criminalization equals less safety for performers. If you want to actually protect people, you increase their choices. You do not take choices away.
AB-332 is being heard before the Appropriations Committee this morning at 9am. Listen here!
Speaking of Tumblr, Ann Oui wrote a wonderful article entitled, Gloria Steinem: Porn Etymologist.
When asked if she thought Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer should “take it upon herself to crack down more stringently on Tumblr’s porn and ‘thinspiration’ sites,” Steinem responded, “Yes.”
“Mayer’s responsibility isn’t just about her being a woman. It’s not about biology, it’s about consciousness. If you are a civil rights person, you don’t want to further racist literature, and if you are concerned about anti-Semitism, then you don’t want to further that kind of literature either. Porn and erotica aren’t the same thing. Porne means female slave, and it isn’t about sex — it’s about violence against women.”
Ann Oui’s brilliant response? Read it here (NSFW).
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