People in Los Angeles voted last week to pass a ballot measure mandating that condoms are used in adult films. Measure B, titled the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, requires condoms to be used during all vaginal and anal intercourse in order to protect adult actors from the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The adult film industry is unhappy with the outcome of the election, arguing that the measure is unnecessary. Performers are required to have frequent STI testing and can be entered in a database accessible by the entire industry to ensure they are banned from performing.
The attitude taken by many in the industry is that condom use makes the films less appealing, saying that past company-internal condom mandates have resulted in decreased sales. If porn is a fantasy, then condom use is an unwanted dose of reality.
Personally, I wonder if part of the reason why condoms are unappealing in porn is because so many people are unaccustomed to them? If porn is the ultimate sexual fantasy (to many, at least), and condoms aren’t a part of that fantasy, perhaps that helps to make them less attractive. If condoms were to become a routine part of porn, I believe they will become normalized and therefore less unattractive. That’s my theory, anyway. Regardless, I believe if people are given the choice between porn with condoms or no porn, people will choose porn–and so if a mandate is enacted throughout the industry then sales will not be impacted to a severe degree. Overall I’m in favor of the ban, because testing rules in the industry only detect sexually transmitted infections after they already occur. Why put actor’s lives and careers at risk when we could prevent infections in the first place?
The new law won’t be enforced immediately, in part because the adult film industry plans to fight the measure, threatening to potentially move their work to another city. A move would cost Los Angeles a tremendous amount of money in tax revenues. It remains to be seen whether the condom mandate will last (or even begin), but it will be interesting to see the long-term effects.
What do you think, porn-watching Feronians? Does condom use in a porn movie decrease your enjoyment? Tell me what you think of the ban in the comments.