The pornography industry is big business, and Los Angeles is home to one of the largest porn hubs in the world. Recently, a ballot initiative requiring all porn actors to wear condoms while filming qualified for the June ballot and will be voted on by the city’s residents.

The initiative was spurred on by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation who say the porn industry is riddled with sexually transmitted diseases. The group collected 71,000 signatures, exceeding the 40,000 needed to put the measure on the ballot.

Proponents of the measure say it’s a necessary step to make the industry more safe.

Reuters reports:

“There are thousands of STDs in this industry,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, adding that jurisdictions pass the issue around like a hot potato.

“It’s the ick factor. They don’t want to deal with this because it’s sex, and because it’s porn,” he added.

Weinstein compared the measure to other public health laws that the city enforces, like those regulating massage parlors and smoking in public.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has issued over $125,000 in fines against porn producers in the past five years for various violations, but some of those citations are on appeal, according to figures from the agency.

Despite facing fines, most major porn companies continue to shoot without condoms, and some in the industry have argued that using the latex would take away from the fantasy appeal of their product

But opponents of the proposed law say that mandating condom usage will do little to encourage safer sex practices, and might even erode current practices because regulating sexual practices between consenting adults is extremely difficult.

What do you think? Should voters decide on industry regulations or should it be left up to filmmakers? 

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  1. Perverted Alchemist

    If you ask me, this should have been done a long time ago, but why did they take so long in doing this? And, more importantly, why do they need the public to vote on this?

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  2. princ essa

    How can we argue that we cannot police people’s sexual preferences when being a porn star is just a job. If these were factory people we would be all over this about N95 masks and appropriate breaks. STD and STIs are an occupational hazard in the porn industry and the Health and Safety committee should do its best to protects workers.

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  3. chanela

    why are they barely doing this? LMAO

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  4. Places of porn production are (obviously) places of employment and therefore open to employee safety regulation. Construction workers wear hard hats, surgeons wear masks and gloves, porn performers should wear condoms.

    The concept of viewers not liking condoms is bogus. A.) Usually the condom is barely visible. B.) It’s a head thing. They’ll get over it I don’t believe for a second that if all porn went profylactic tomorrow that the porn industry would collapse. C.) If it came down to it film makers could choose female condoms. If placed closed to the opening of the vagina they’d be almost undetectable on camera.

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  5. Nicole

    Personally, I’d much rather have sex with someone who is tested regularly and knows their status than someone who equates promiscuity with disease. The people supporting these mandates forget that industry people have lower instances of STDs than the general population. Or do they think they get the testing because they really, really like peeing in a cup?

    So who is really spreading disease? The argument that porn is unsafe is illogical, but socially conservative people don’t really use logic. It’s not about health, it’s about control. But, hey, if they were honest about their agenda(s), fewer people would vote their way.

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    • damidwif

      i agree with nicole 100%

      and @jenn in the previous comment: male condoms are visible, hell theyre not transparent! and the female condom is extra visible. visuals are everything. plus, i might be inclined to believe that it would have a negative influence on performance.

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