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What porn stars say about the new condom law

Bad feelings in the feel-good industry

By Rich_Maloof Nov 13, 2012 9:13PM

Beyond the marijuana law in Colorado, Americans didn’t take much notice after Election Day of new regulations affecting districts other than their own. Except for one. In Los Angeles, actors in adult movies will now be required to wear condoms.

Photo: Condom/Lifesize /Getty Images “It’s not about safety,” porn star James Deen told AnimalNewYork.com. “This is about freedom of expression. This is interrupting the people’s choices of what they want to view.”

That’s the essence of the adult entertainment industry’s beef with Measure B, the new mandatory condom law covering flicks shot in L.A. County. Actors, directors, producers and distributors in the $7 billion industry maintain that consumers simply will not want to buy movies in which their actors wear condoms.

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“The last time we attempted to go all condom, our industry lost sales by over 30 percent,” said Deen, who has starred in thousands of hardcore scenes and been outspoken on the issue (did you think he was shy?). “That’s a huge hit to our economy.”

Measure B, also known as The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, was ostensibly passed to help prevent the spread of HIV among actors, and was championed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). A scandal in which one actor falsified HIV-test results, resulting in HIV exposure to several women who worked with him, fueled the fire.

But opponents in the industry say they already practice the strictest safety standards around to protect their people against sexually transmitted diseases. The industry requires actors to be tested every 28 days, and many seek more frequent tests of their own accord.

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Actor/director Kimberly Kane, who says she herself was subject to a fourth-generation HIV exposure from actor Darren James, voiced her opposition to Measure B in an editorial for Vice.com.

Says Kane, “Testing has kept us safe and while some performers might not mind the idea of condoms in some circumstances, no one would feel safer with condoms instead of testing! There has been a lot of speculation within the industry as to what the AHF's motivations are. Headlines? Fundraising? Grant money?”

Here’s a little insight, KK. Not long after L.A. County, the unofficial Porn Capital of the world, passed their regulation, the nearby town of Simi Valley demanded the same of adult entertainers. When the ordinance was first proposed, Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber said it was motivated primarily by health and safety issue.

"And secondarily," Huber added, "we don't want them here."

Photo: Condom/Lifesize /Getty Images

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Dec 16, 2012 9:52PM
i guess just because these homos porn used condoms than everyone has to do what these homos  want , they are  like hitler nazi. i taught the democrats were about women  have the right to do what you want with your own body i guess you only have that right if getting rid of a baby, the foreign porn will take over
Nov 19, 2012 3:22AM
Why stop with just Condoms. ? thay should also have to wear suspenders just in case they get in too deep.
Nov 15, 2012 2:35PM
Another Freedom gone, All Freedom's we have lost China still has, Who's the Communist?
Nov 15, 2012 10:04AM
Dead right it will affect sales! Men like to SEE bareback because we like to DO IT bareback, which is a rare or nonexistent treat for some of us. My wife has always been on the pill or has had an IUD, so I've been lucky in that regard. I always felt sorry for the poor saps who let me know that when they weren't "trying" for a kid they used a condom in their marriage.

This is BS and not something government should get to regulate, people are so stupid. We need to figure out whether we love regulation or not, but I can guarantee you it wasn't the LIBERALS in CA who voted for THIS overregulation.

Nov 15, 2012 3:51AM
WOW... poor poor poor babies...  WHAT about the health care issues that the ins companies have to cover for the HUGE amount of  "health issues" involvded in your industry.  WHOOPING FETCHING DOO about your 30% loss.. HOW CARES.
Nov 15, 2012 2:01AM

Condoms do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, it's purpose is to prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm cells from entering the vagina and fertilizing the female egg cell, and an STD is so much microscopic than a sperm cell and can easily penetrate through a condom. What is with these regulations, The United States is the land of the free and now it feels like it's becoming a Dictatorship, this is just an attempt of ridding the U.S. of this Industry and it will drag the economy down.


Nov 15, 2012 12:58AM

You know..I started to write something, but you guys are too good for me; can't think that quick anymore.

So I'll just go with the flow...But one small remark if I may: What about some of the really weird porns, with titles like: Barnyard love, or, Animal lovers, etc. Does the burro have to wear a condom? Who's going to put it on him? Some of those guys are mean! They bite, and kick; don't want anyone fooling around with the important parts. And I can't blame them...

Nov 15, 2012 12:46AM
It can take up to 6 MONTHS for HIV to show up on a blood test. Confirmed by doctors and labs asked. So, these 'actors' getting their blood done every 28 days or more , still won't protect their counterparts involved with them sexually unless they wear a condom!
Glad it passed. I voted for it. Less HIV spreading !!!

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