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You’ve got to feel sorry for all those people who work within the US adult entertainment industry. They seem to be taking it the hard way from every position possible . What has happened to the glory days when porn was king? A “…recession proof,” industry that once lead the way in technology and innovation. Would the internet be what it is today without sex to thrust it forward?
The recession that we are all suffering through is affecting them just as much. That they were already hurting; as DVD sales continue to slip due to the abundance of free material online does not help. A final shot in the face is the AIDS Healthcare Foundation claiming that the failure to promote mandatory use of condoms by the industry “amounts to unsafe behaviour in a California workplace”.
Safe sex is a very serious issue and of course condoms should be used all of the time. I’m all for it. I was taught at a very early age that “A solider never goes to war with out his helmet”. So why isn’t the industry taking the lead and promoting safe sex practices? They are of course selling to people sexual fantasies and nobody wants their fantasy to have a warning label Attached. The industry claims that the very nature of its “graphic” content is what people want to see and to cover it up behind latex (or hide “Behind the Green Door”) would put people off watching, and further hurt the business.
But is this truly the case? In France any porn on Cable channels allowed to broadcast it must show the use of condoms; because to do otherwise
…sets a dangerous example and promotes “delinquent behaviour,”…
Condom-free may be more aesthetically pleasing to the viewer but if it is limited to only a certain market then is it less or more profitable than the pro-condom product to its producers? While some in the industry claim that condom use may turn some people off, if the product can be shown across the entire adult market; does that then make it the better business choice? I am not sure how prevalent condom use in French porn is; so I’ll take the word of the person who commented in the above link.
I live in Paris, France.
It’s true that all porn movies have benn “condom-compliant” for some years now.
But wearing a condom is of course so safe for health, regarding std… and showing porn with men wearing condoms is one way of “teaching” people to wear them. So i guess porn industry here, feeling somehow “responsible”, wants to participate.
Of course, maybe they only fear that otherwise this would be regulated and they would be forced to do what they can do now, voluntarily
As far as I know the French porn industry is still going and has not imploded. So maybe its time for other countries, including the US as the major producer of content, to act responsibly and show more love with a glove. If all US content produced was condom positive it may send a statement and boost the safe sex message through out the US and other countries (whose inhabitants have sex) much more than a government sponsored one. But I also think that it would have more impact if it was voluntary rather than enforced by a legal framework. A message of “We are doing the right thing, so should you”; instead of “The government is making us do this to spoil your fun”. I know this is stereotyping or is it generalising, but Americans are not the type of people who hold with being told what to do by the government even if it is in their own best interests.
According to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation
many people get their sex education from porn movies.
Watching unprotected sex could prompt them to be careless during sex acts…
That may be taking things a little too far. I’m no prude but I certainly hope that parents and sex education classes are not showing “Fuck Club” or “I’ve Been Sodomized”, and its like, to teach kids about sex. But then again maybe it is and watching “Deep Throat” is the reason men have so much trouble finding the clitoris. But I really don’t think we can blame the adult entertainment industry for society’s less than stellar record on sexual health. Condom use within the industry would probably improve the safety of those who work in it. As I said before; that to do so would send out a positive message. But how affective would it be on the rest of us who know what we should be doing but don’t put that knowledge into effective practice. Porn may have the increased the chance of a plumber getting laid on the job and influenced the fashion sense of teenage girls but are we really going to listen to them about safe sex practices.
Alternatively the industry does have a thing or two to show us. Considering they are a bunch of “sexual delinquents” who have multiple partners, mostly unprotected while doing those practices which are considered high risk, their infection rate (including all types of STD’s) is only a fraction of what you would find in the general public. Their are risks of course and the five cases of HIV infection within the industry that have been verified since 2004 proves this. But an “…industry where erotic actors are tested for HIV every 30 days. [and} All sexual contact is logged,” shows that they are taking some, if not all the steps they could. It is an imperfect system but this is an imperfect world and like most things in life it’s about knowing all the facts and consequences, and minimizing your risk. I think it would be safe to assume that those within the adult entertainment industry are consenting informed adults who know these risks. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation should concentrate more on the general public who don’t seem to take sex as seriously as those who do it for a living.