Will the Adult Industry Get Fucked in the Ass in November Without a Condom… By Steven St. Croix

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Reprinted with permission. As first published on July 9, 2012 at http://stevenstcroix.com/2012/07/09/will-the-adult-industry-get-fcked-in-the-ass-without-a-condom-this-november/

 

It’s time that the adult industry as a whole takes a stand for our first amendment rights and fights back. If we don’t, we will be the latest victims in the long crusade by those in power to erode our individual rights as citizens, taxpayers and consenting adults.

Few of the industry newbies know the individuals who went to jail fighting for our right to produce adult films legally, without the threat of imprisonment based on the morals of a select minority. Larry Flynt and Russ Hampshire to name a few. It’s time they learned what’s at stake here. It’s not just about their wallets. This is about our freedom to choose, our freedom from being unduly prosecuted, and our reedom from being lied about by the mainstream media. Now is the time to resist potential government mandates regarding what we can and cannot do with our bodies and packaged under the guise of ‘what’s best for the public’.

There are many things I have to say about this topic but I will narrow it down to three things:

1) The adult industry is being unfairly targeted and the individuals working in it, from the producers down to the talent, could potentially be turned into criminals.

2) Michael Weinstein is helping to perpetuate one of the biggest frauds to the public, city and county officials and the media.

3) The importance of this ruling carries the same historical importance as birth control, abortion and the right to die.

If you don’t know, here’s a recap-

A ballot measure asking Los Angeles County voters whether porn actors should be required to wear condoms during filming has received enough signatures to qualify for the November election, according to a county elections official.

Whether or not it actually gets to the November voting booth remains to be seen. It could very well be turned away.

Questions as to whether or not voters would pass it are moot. With the political tide in California; shifting from conservative to liberal and back again, it’s anyones guess as to how they might vote. Especially since the rights of gay couples to be recognized alongside heterosexual couples as married was challenged and overturned a few years ago. Porn has been a hot button topic between politicos and the neo-conservative movement and the adult industry for many years.

But this time around, Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has succeeded in getting the measure this far by participating in the biggest fraud in the last 30 years. The fraudulent concept that safe sex exists and can achieved in the ‘porn workplace’ through the use of condoms. He believes that forcing performers to wear condoms will reduce the numbers of infections, to what number I don’t know. He claims passing this measure would make it safe, not only for the workers in the industry but for the public as well. What exactly is he saying? That sex with a performer in the adult industry will have less risk level as someone who isn’t? Is he saying that the public is more conscientious about their sexual behavior and health than the adult industry? The only way to lower your risk is to abstain from sex. Period. Is this what he is saying? Is he promoting abstinence like the Catholic Church does? The way I see it, he doesn’t have his story straight.

Lets look at the restaurant food industry. In California last year 24% of the reported cases of food poisoning stemmed from food workers and their lack of hygiene. Over 6,000 cases. Yet, there is no law requiring them to wear gloves in the workplace or to cover their mouths and hair in the workplace. Because pathogens can come from anywhere on the body, especially the mouth and hair. No law passed but still the public continues to get sick. Why no law for them?

Last year alone, there were 29 deaths attributed to e coli and salmonella bacteria in the U.S. but still no laws requiring gloves to be used. The public continues to get sick because of these incidents. Why are they requiring performers to wear condoms when they aren’t requiring an industry with a higher number cases (including death) to acquire the same protection they are demanding from the adult industry. There has never been an STD outbreak in the public that came from the adult industry. Never.

Willingly or not, he has managed to reinvigorate the conservative’s fight against pornography by taking the issue from one of morality (as originally promoted by the right) to an issue of health and safety in the workplace for the performers. In addition to that, the city council has acted as if they were truly concerned for the safety of the public.

This is the argument that Michael Weinstein is using. That somehow the industry actions and behaviors are a threat to the public. He’s wrong. It’s actually the other way around.

Weinstein said Wednesday, “This industry is sending out the wrong message about safer sex.”  I guess we are,along with Hollywood studios sending out the wrong messages when celebrating unprotected teen sex, drug use and alcohol abuse in blockbuster movies such as  X Factor, 21 Jump Street, Superbad, Dazed & Confused,  and Easy A. But you don’t see anyone trying to get condoms to be shown all the time in every sex scene in every movie. It’s because it’s entertainment. Like boxing, football and MMA. There are protocols in place to diminish the risk of infections, injury or death for the officials and participants and  but in the end there is only so much you can do. That is why these athletes and their agents negotiate such big paydays for them. They know the risk and they choose to make their own choice as to what they want to do.

AIDS activists and supporters of the measure say that porn stars are at a high risk of contracting HIV and other STDs. As opposed to people not in porn? The risks are the same. The difference is that every thirty days, industry performers know their medical status by being tested. Yes, the test only shows whether they have been exposed to STD or bacterial infections in the past thirty days and is not a guarantee that you will not be exposed to anything in the next thirty days. No one ever said that getting tested was preventative against future infection. Getting tested was about being aware so you can make your own choices.

It is with much more frequency that we test than the average sexually active person. Prior to me getting in the business, my tests for STD’s were far too infrequent for a young sexually active man. Each month for the last nineteen years, I have always known my status in that regard.

The times when the industry has been exposed to HIV infection within its ranks, happened when a non professional person outside of the business, who had no idea as to their medical status, had HIV and exposed the performer to it. Obviously that person had no idea as their status, unlike the performer who did know their own. It seems that the industry needs to be protected from people who go about having sex without any idea on how to manage, be aware and maintain their own sexual health.

The biggest fraud in the last thirty years is that condoms prevent STD’s. There has never been a study that showed, beyond a doubt, that a person infected with an STD did not pass it to another person solely because they used a condom. Why? Because there has never been a study done in the first place!

There are two types of sexual infections; bacterial and viral. Bacterial infection can stem from anywhere on the human body. Meaning, you can put a condom on your penis but the partner can have the bacteria elsewhere and that condom wouldn’t prevent transmission.

STDs are frequently passed through “skin to skin” contact even when condoms are used. This can happen because the bacterial or viral germs that cause many serious STDs (such as human papilloma virus, chlamydia, herpes, and syphilis) do not infect just one place on your body. They may infect anywhere in the male or female genital areas.

The good news is that the bacterial infections can be treated with medicine.

With viral infections, condoms have been scientifically proven to be incapable of preventing the spread of debilitating and deadly viruses such as hepatitis C, herpes, HPV and HIV. Why?

Because the condom was designed for family planning (to strain sperm, not viruses.)  A condom is made of rubber (latex), a hydrocarbon compound with polymerization, which means that it is fibrous and porous like woven cloth. By means of an electronic microscope the pores of the condom can be seen in a non-stretched state with a diameter of 3,500 microns.while the HIV virus has a diameter of 5 microns, herpes 180 microns, hepatitis 42 microns and HPV 45 microns. The equivalent of passing a ping-pong ball through a basketball hoop. When the condom is stretched the pores of the condom are 10 times as wide as that of the virus; in other words, the virus can go through the wall of the condom. Pinholes in condoms is a serious issue and may be an important factor contributing to the failure of condoms to offer 100% protection rate against HIV and other infectious diseases.

As someone who is still working on camera myself, I don’t feel any safer with condoms,” actress Nina Hartley said. 

The evidence is so compelling that the CDC emphatically states that condoms DO NOT PROTECT against viral infections, such as in the case of HPV.

This maybe why the anti-AIDS campaign in the United States went from trumpeting the Safe Sex Use Condoms message to quietly advising other methods.

Requiring performers to use condoms in scenes is not the solution. Making the producers, directors and the talent subject to fines and civil judgements is not the way to handle this.

SO WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT?

It’s about control. Government mandates that control behavior amongst consenting adults. Psychological control by continuing to promote a method of obedience because “we” (those in political positions of power) know what is best for you the private citizen.  A chipping away of individual rights in our country that we allowed when we didn’t question our elected officials about the legality of the PAtriot Act. They used a tragic event (a highly improbable attack), to create more fear amongst the public ( I don’t myself or my family to die on a plane or terrorist attack) to coerce the public into giving up their right to choose (ALL bags are subject to search; ALL passengers are subject to bodily search IF WE DEEM IT NECESSARY).

The same events are being used against us. An extremely low percentage event ( HIV infection amongst a relatively controlled pool of people) to create fear among the public (“you’re daughter could get HIV if she fucks a porn star at The Saddle Ranch, you don’t want that to happen, do you?”) to coerce the public to give up their right to choose ( yeah condoms for porn stars!..wait, whatta ya mean I have to wear one too?…with my wife?? But she has an allergy to latex? I’ve been with her for 20 years, I’m not wearing a condom when she decides after a few margarita’s she wants to try anal sex!! This never happens to me! Stay out of my bedroom, Uncle Sam!!)

The importance of this potential vote is two fold. Our right to choose what we will and will not do with our bodies. Whether it’s drugs, smoking, drinking, steroids, abortion or birth control, it is our right to choose what we want or don’t want. Secondly, where the argument is postulated that government knows best as opposed to self regulation by the private sector; in this case the adult industry. These two points will make the historical impact of the following decision something that we will point to in the future and say, “That’s where we failed miserably or fought bravely for our rights as individuals.”

My point is this: having the public vote on a matter that has no bearing on them is wrong. They are not invested in this matter the way we are. A better way to propose safety in the work place would be to offer to make it a law that requires a disclaimer at the beginning of every movie that states “It is the viewers responsibility to access their own personal health and safety along with their partners when it comes to sexual relations and that what you see on screen in no way is to be taken or interpreted as a safe exchange of bodily fluids according to known medical science which may lead to bacterial and viral pathogens being exchanged between partners.”

It’s not perfect but it’s a start. And it allows all involved to exercise our right to choose and our freedom of expression.

Write your local council member. Attend one of the three hearings a week and speak your mind regarding this illegal action.

http://www.lacity.org/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/index.htm

Here is the ballot petition-

http://documents.latimes.com/condoms-porn-LA-county-ballot-petition-public-health-permits-porn-producers-jan-2012/

Read part 3 of compliance & enforcement Section D

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-porn-condoms-20120705,0,1195723.story

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8 thoughts on “Will the Adult Industry Get Fucked in the Ass in November Without a Condom… By Steven St. Croix

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  2. Cancer!!!! Downright laughable! 100% effected? Again, really? Is this the best you can do? Really? Condoms cause cancer!!! You better warn the girls at the Bunny Ranch!
    This is not information!!!! If this was information, you’d be able to google it and find even more information about it!
    Next thing you’ll be telling people that Diane Duke chopped down the trees and built the log cabin she was born in!!
    Really, cancer???? You crack me up!!!
    Oh, and before I sign off! The whole condom conspiracy! Ohh, porn shoots soooo much that the condom companies will see a spike in sales!!!!! I can’t stop laughing! I swear, I really can’t!
    You guys really don’t have a leg to stand on, and you know it!
    You know condoms are in the future, like it or not, but someone’s paying you to spout nonsense! I love it!!!! Keep up the good work, but please?
    Please? Could you somehow include Bigfoot or aliens in your conspiracy? It would make it even more enjoyable!!!!!!!
    Peace!

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  3. How is information propaganda ? Nitrosamines in condoms is an issue no one in the industry had considered before I posted the article. Dont performers deserve to know the downside of long term exposure to Nitrosamines ?

    As for condoms not preventing STDs or HIV, my other article states that they are effective at preventing STDs and HIV. They just arent 100% effected against HIV. Again, isnt that information that performers deserve to know ?

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  4. I’ve read Mr. Whiteacres comment over four times now and I still can’t make out just what he’s saying for sure! Michael? I know there used to be performers who were condom only, and at Wicked there still are! But in the trenches, where most performers are located, there is only filth from actors knowingly infecting others, and no choice to use a condom, which by the way, really does help! Now I’m seeing Oh, they cause cancer! They don’t prevent stds or hiv! Propaganda propaganda propaganda!!!
    I swear, sometimes I think the propaganda machine here is playing the jedi mind trick on the performers right now! “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

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  6. Nick says “most performers are also prostitutes nowadays and they interact with the ‘outside’ world ALL the time!”

    The logical failings of this statement are truly spectacular.

    “Performers” are not a population separate and distinct from the rest of the world, the way, say prison inmates are. Performers are a SUBSET of the general population. LA County performers are members of the population of LA County, and always have been.

    An alien mothership did not drop off a pod containing adult performers and production equipment into the hills of Chatsworth, for the purpose of setting up STI factories. Adult performers do not manufacture STIs and distribute them to unsuspecting “outsiders.”

    Adult performers contract STIs for the same reason everyone else in the population of LA County does: the custodians of public health, including our taxpayer-funded public health department, and taxpayer-supported “health organizations” such as AHF have utterly FAILED in their duty to educate people and protect the public health. The problem here is the fact that the population AT LARGE has an STI problem — that is the issue which needs to be addressed.

    Most people NEVER get tested for STIs, unless and until they show symptoms. Millions of people are uninsured or under-insured. THESE are the real heath issues in LA County. But these problems are hard to solve. Solving them requires determination, and political will. However, no one in LA government is willing to do anything more than say the right things to the press.

    Enter the scapegoats: adult performers. Suddenly and conveniently — and in the absence of ANY medical, epidemiological or bio-statistical evidence — adult performers have been declared to be the new Typhoid Marys!

    This pronouncement provides terrific cover for a county health department which has seen its hospitals taken over by the federal government because patients were bleeding out in the hallways, and because they were unceremoniously dumping indigent patients on the streets. According to the CDC there may be as many as 16,000 people waling around LA right now with HIV who don’t know it. But since testing is anathema to condom-peddling AIDS Inc. profiteers such as AHF, the only political crusades on the table will do absolutely NOTHING to change that.

    Another remarkable statement from Nick: “There is no real choice for the performers in this issue. To work only with condoms means to not work at all! Or at least, not enough.”

    Setting aside the inarguable fact that there do exist, and have almost always existed, condom-only performers — even Hall of Famers — the adult industry is not an entitlement program. There is no right to be an adult performer in the mainstream adult industry.

    So you say you don’t want to shoot a condomless scene — but the producer wants to shoot one because he wants to fill that market. If you do not meet the requirements of the job, then you don’t get the job. Try applying for a job in a restaurant kitchen and telling the owner, “I kind of have a things about knives” or “I don’t like to get too close to hot ovens.”

    Furthermore, there’s a reason why adult performers aren’t minimum wage earners: they are taking a risk — a measured, calculated risk — in exchange for their payday. As Steven St. Croix points out, ALL sex contains risk. There is no such thing as truly “safe” sex outside a closed, STRICTLY monogamous setting. And all industries involve risk. Think of all the stunt performers (and even actors) killed or injured in mainstream movie production. Yet the adult industry is being held to an unheard-of “zero-risk’ standard.

    The suggestion that a porous condom — a flimsy piece of latex which is only 85% effective at the job it was designed to do (preventing pregnancy), and which has an on-set failure rate of 20-25% — is a solution which “prevents” infection is ludicrous. The notion that a condom constitutes an impermeable barrier is patently false.

    If you’re a stunt performer, you can use safety equipment SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SHOT. For instance, if you’re doubling for a man falling down a flight of stairs, you will not be allowed to wear a helmet. In the type of porn scene being contracted for, condomless sex, the pop shot, etc… IS that shot.

    Finally, in America we don’t censor a brand of speech because we don’t agree with it — we COMPETE with it in the marketplace of ideas. If Nick, or his buddies at AHF want to promote condom porn, they should go out and make the best motherfucking porn with condoms the world has ever seen. That’s how we do it in this constitutional democratic republic.

    The authoritarian bozos at AHF are happy to put the rights of adult performers up to a plebiscite. How would they like it if the rest of the world put the rights of homosexuals up to a plebiscite? How do you think they would fare?

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  7. This story is full of so many lies and outright deceptions that it isn’t even worth pointing them all out as it would take far too long. Suffice it to say, that most performers are also prostitutes nowadays and they interact with the ‘outside’ world ALL the time! As far as the industry not causing an outbreak of std’s? Well, just wait and see the triumphant return of syphilis, proudly brought to you mr marcus! Hey St. Croix! Bloodborne pathogens, bloodborne pathogens! See the difference?
    Truth be told, Steven just doesn’t want to use condoms and enjoys his job much more completely without their interference. I know this, because I was there when he was asking about getting into the business while being a telemarketer. I REMEMBER!
    One more thing… There is no real choice for the performers in this issue. To work only with condoms means to not work at all! Or at least, not enough.
    Peace!
    Nick East

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