Plans That’d Force Porn Stars To Wear Condoms And Goggles Rejected

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California has rejected a move that would have forced porn actors to use condoms, dental dams, and even goggles during filming to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

Following passionate testimony from nearly 100 actors and producers opposed to the regulations, members of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) failed to gain enough votes to see the new rule imposed, reports the Guardian.

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Eric Paul Leue, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry said:

These regulations were based in stigma rather than science, and would have severely hurt adult performers.

We look forward to sensible regulation that respects performers choices. We’re not opposed to regulation. We’re opposed to this regulation.

Leue previously criticised the proposed regulations saying they were patronising, cluttered with stereotypes and sexist.

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Michael Weinstein, president of the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is strongly in favour of the compulsory use of condoms in pornography.

He said:

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Many young people get their information from these films, and the message they get is that the only hot sex is unsafe sex. First and foremost, it’s about protecting the performers.

However, according to the Guardian, many performers and public health experts argued the new rules would be less safe than existing ones.

Under the current system, performers are tested for STIs every two weeks and the results are stored in a private database from which producers can then hire performers. On the other hand, the new regulations would have only seen performers tested every three months.

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Former librarian turned porn performer Ela Darling spoke at the hearing saying:

The operative word in the adult industry is adult. We have the ability to think for ourselves. This isn’t big daddy porn boss telling all the children what to do.

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While another performer Lotus Lain said:

My sexual health is actually a lot more safe now that I’m in the porn industry, because of our testing protocols.

However, it seems like this battle is not over yet – a new motion proposing condoms must be worn in porn is due to appear on the November 2016 ballot in California.

Watch this space.


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