Required Use of Condoms in Porn Movies
In Los Angeles County, voters were asked their opinion on whether or not actors in the adult film industry should be required to wear condoms and practice safe sex while shooting scenes in L.A. The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, also called Measure B, was introduced in response to repetitive allegations of sexually transmitted disease outbreaks among adult film industry workers.
"Self-regulation has failed miserably when it comes to the porn industry," Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told Reason TV.
However, adult film producers beg to differ. "This isn't the government's place," Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, said.
He continued, "There's several reasons the industry is against condoms. One is that it's just not needed. The testing procedures that are in place work, and work well. The performers are comfortable with the testing procedures, and the companies are comfortable with the testing procedures. Second reason is movies with condoms simply don't sell as well. People don't want to watch movies with condoms."
This ballot initiative only pertains to people in Los Angeles County, so Hirsch argues it wouldn't be fair to make one group of producers follow a law the rest of producers around the country wouldn't have to abide by.