Safe Sex in Porn and Measure B: Condoms Make Their Silver Screen Debut

Recently, the adult film industry took a huge hit: Measure B was passed, mandating condoms be worn in all LA porn productions. All across the country the sexbits of silver screened sluts are weeping…okay, maybe just in LA.

At first, Measure B sounded like a great thing. I mean, condoms are about as sexy as an artistically Instagrammed shot of your cousin’s bacne, so while you can imagine why producers and stars would be unhappy, when can safe sex actually be bad?

However, I started to think about the act a bit differently when I read an interview with the lovely Julieanne from XOJane and my favorite adult film star, the megadicked James Deen. I love his blog and his Tweets, and he seems like a regular old dude. A dude who happens to fuck for a living. His panty puddling abilities aside, this interview shone a really interesting perspective on the act.

Clearly, the act was passed in hopes of preventing STDs. But until I read the interview, I never really considered that it was put in place to stop the spreading of STDs among porn stars, who obviously have rigorous STD testing…they are professionals, after all. Deen points out that he feels safer sleeping with a porn star than a random bar pick-up, because he quite literally knows who the star has been sleeping with, he knows she is clean because she can show him her doctor’s note—something required for every film.

So for me then, the issue here is not that porn stars are spreading diseases to one another, but that many people try to emulate what they see in porn, even if on a subconscious level. As a woman, some of my favorite sex acts—mainly anything that makes me feel (respectfully, safely) degraded—came from porn. I probably wouldn’t know facials were a thing if I hadn’t viewed many a money shot to the mouth from the safety of my own computer screen.

So when I heard about it, I assumed that Measure B wants to show safety in pornography so that viewers think condoms are the norm, and are more apt to want to use them during actual sex acts.

To respond to this, Deen points out several times in his interview that porn is NOT regular sex; it is a show. Most people know that the average man does not have a 9 inch dick, the average sex session does not last 45 minutes, and just because the maid in your hotel is hot doesn’t mean she is going to lend you a hand, or any other orifice, when she walks in on you jerking it. Porn is entertainment. Most people understand that just because James Bond can roll out of a speeding car and remain unscathed doesn’t mean they can. And so, according to Deen, they should also understand that just because Kimberly Kane is rawdogging it doesn’t mean they should.

So it can be argued that while Measure B is all about safe sex, it is more so about educating viewers about safe sex than spreading disease in the porn community. While I am all for safe sex ed, maybe we should be spending more money making sure high school students have access to contraception, as opposed to regulating latex in porn. And since this is only mandated in LA, will LA cease to be the country’s porn capital? Maybe producers will simply start moving out of LA so they can continue their bare boning…

What do you think? What does Measure B mean for the adult film industry? Or we can just talk about porn in general…who is your favorite star? Have you ever seen Pirates? Best porn name ever? Go!

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Zoe writes about food and sex on SexyTofu.com.

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    Moni
    November 18, 2012

    I think most people know that porn isn’t real, but that doesn’t mean some people don’t emulate it, or at least get influenced by it. From what I’ve read, a lot of the move towards waxing/hair removal (vs. the full on pubic hair styles of the 70s) came from styles modelled in porn — not sure if that’s true, but if so, then it would seem that people’s sex lives are likely to be influenced by porn, from hair to condoms.

    I don’t think that condoms are necessarily unsexy, though. One of my favourite directors, Erika Lust, sometimes shows condoms in her porn, and her movies are still super sexy!

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      November 18, 2012

      Agreed! People most definitely emulate porn. Sometimes it’s probably NOT for the best – jack hammer poundathons? I’ll have to look into Erika Lust. I’m interested in seeing how Measure B changed things- aside from the obvious display of condoms .

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        Moni
        November 19, 2012

        I read his interview after posting that comment, and um…condoms don’t sound so pleasant for those involved in jack hammer poundathons…OUCH! So while I do think it would be great to see more condoms in porn, I now think maybe it’s not beneficial for the female stars in certain scenes. Yeah, definitely have a look at Erika Lust, her stuff is beautifully shot and is great, she’s won a few awards for cinematography (I have this weird thing where low quality camera work puts me off! lol).

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    Moni
    November 18, 2012

    One other thing I just thought of — I know adult film stars are regularly tested, but some STIs don’t show up on tests for 3 months after they’re contracted, so that could be one argument for condoms/Measure B — an actor/actress could contract an STI and still show up clean for 3 months and pass it on to co-stars in that time!

    And yes, James Deen = so hot!

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