Enough Bullshit, Pornstars Need to Start Using Condoms

Forget government regulation, adult performers need to start protecting themselves

Condoms in Porn

Pornstars don’t like being told what to do.  If they did, well, they probably wouldn’t be working in porn.  And I know that trying to mandate the use of condoms in porn is a touchy issue these days.  A lot of people within the adult industry don’t like the government telling them how they should do what they do.  And I don’t blame them.  However, all of that aside, pornstars need to start using condoms in 100% of their performances.

To be clear, I’m not saying that anyone should force adult performers to do anything.  I’m saying that all adult performers should be making the decision to demand condoms be used in all of their performances from this point forward.  This is not about standing up to the government or freedom of expression.  This is about pornstars coming to grips with the fact that they work in an industry that isn’t as safe as anyone who works in porn should be comfortable with.  Unprotected sex in porn isn’t safe.

A false sense of security

Condoms in Porn - Mr Marcus

Mr. Marcus tried to pass off a doctored STD test after knowingly testing positive for syphilis.

Opponents of condoms in porn often point to the mandatory STD tests that all performers are required to take every thirty days or less.  They say that these tests keep the talent pool safe and clean.  And, in theory, this should be true.  However, the reality on the ground and on the sets of porn shoots is entirely different.  As we’ve seen recently, for all sorts of reasons, those STD tests don’t do a goddamn thing in terms of keeping anyone safe.

The biggest reason why?  Performers are actively trying to get around the system.  Not all performers or even most of them.  However, there is no doubt that a small segment of adult performers are trying to continue to engage in hardcore porn scenes after knowingly coming up positive on an STD test.  Mr. Marcus admitted to it.  Alex Gonz is suspected of it.  And if these are the two we know about, how many are pulling this shit and getting away with it?

Some might try and make the argument that the tests are working and that those that try to get around the system get caught 100% of the time before any harm can be done.  But are you willing to risk getting AIDS or hepatitis C or syphilis on that assumption?  Because those are the stakes.  And this is what’s happening.

Stop trying to make this about freedom of expression

Condoms in Porn - Freedom of Speech

I don’t think the government, or anyone else for that matter, should force anyone to wear a condom when having sex.  And I would extend that statement to include the production of porn movies.  But I do think that male performers should always choose to use condoms and female performers should demand that each and every penis they touch is wrapped up.  Because, as previously mentioned, we know that there are dirty people trying to get away with dirty things.

So please don’t try to confuse the issue with standing up against Measure B or the AIDS Healthcare Foundation or the government or anything else.  This isn’t about any of that.  As I’ve said, this is about performers making the choice to look out for their best interests.  Because not everyone, and maybe no one, that they work with has anyone’s interests in mind.

These STD controversies are bad for business

Condoms in Porn - Going Out of Business

Eventually, and probably in the not too distant future, the government is going to get serious about dropping the hammer on the porn industry.  And if you think that Measure B was the worst of it, you’re wrong.  If the adult industry doesn’t start taking performer safety seriously, more seriously than it currently does, someone will step in and take it more seriously for everyone involved.  And if/when that happens, it won’t be good for anyone.

Additionally, all of this STD drama is making the porn industry look like an out of control mess.  Again, this isn’t good for business.  Just as porn is starting to gain more mainstream acceptance than ever before, we have STD positive performers trying to sneak around and continue to stick their dicks into their peers.  If anyone has any hopes whatsoever of this industry getting its due respect (which I believe it is due), then the people within the industry need to start respecting themselves and each other.  And considering recent events, I think that starts with opting for condoms in porn.

In conclusion

I have no love for Measure B, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, or any form of government regulation within the porn industry.  I also have no respect or faith whatsoever in Diane Duke or the Free Speech Coalition.  I do, however, have a lot of respect for the people within the porn industry.  And with that in mind, I strongly encourage all performers to make it a personal requirement that condoms be used in any performance in which they participate.

You can’t trust everyone in the porn industry.  Act accordingly.