The second NPR story I'd like to discuss is titled "In Porn Industry, Many Balk At Condom Proposal". To sum up the story there is a call, mainly from a group called AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to mandate the use of condoms during the production of porn. As the title of the story suggests many in the porn industry are opposed to this.
To be honest my first thought was, "Who cares if porners use condoms." (i've just decided that porners is my name for those who star in porn films because let's be honest just because you are in one doesn't you a star make.)
But then I thought about it and realized that these people have a lot of sex with a lot of different people and not just with other porners, with regular every day people. AND it's not just HIV/AIDS, there are all kinds of STDs. lots of sex + lots of partners = increased risk of std. in my opinion: std + lots of sex + lots of partners = public health issue. Plus wouldn't it be really interesting to see what their risk management and workman's comp rules and regulations look like??
Anyway, why I now have an opinion on this matter really isn't the point of this post. The point are some choice tidbits that came out later on in the story. Here's the first...you ready for this??? I don't think you are...
Quote: "But many performers, both male and female, find it physically uncomfortable to do their jobs using condoms, says Vivid CEO Steve Hirsch."
I'm sorry. Can you repeat that? It's physically uncomfortable to use a condom????? Sadly NPR did not further explore that comment. I'm left to my own devices to figure it out...I think I'll write a letter.
I'm told that you find the use of condoms physically uncomfortable. This does not make sense to me. Don't you think protecting your health and that of others is worth a little physical discomfort? Be honest is it really that uncomfortable? While we are at it could you please explain to me how you being filmed performing explicit sexual acts isn't physically uncomfortable?
Please don't send pictures or video,
Okay we have that covered let's move on to the next tidbit.
Most porn producers agree that these health risks are serious, but they don't think condoms are the solution. Hirsch says Vivid Video tried it before, for nearly seven years. "When we became a mandatory-condom company, we saw sales drop by about 20 percent," he says. Hirsch fears a condom mandate would wipe out the region's multibillion-dollar adult film industry. He says that California, where unemployment tops 12 percent, can't afford to lose more jobs.
Hirsch you are joking right?? Right??? Where's the hidden camera? Condom use shouldn't be mandated because of the recession?! California can't afford to to lose the porn industry?!
DAMN the recession it screws everything!!!
Maybe if the California government would have used protection we wouldn't be in the mess we're currently in. Ever think of that Hirsch? Huh? huh?