Condoms For Porn

Jhosef Hern

Melina Flores, Staff Writer
March 1, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Most of us have been there before, that moment in the heat of passion where a decision must be made about whether tonight’s the night you will play Russian Roulette with your body or face an awkward moment for your safety; where everything must come to a halt to put on a condom.

 

Most educated people would rather have that little pause in the moment of passion than risk getting a sexually transmitted disease. So why should performers in the porn industry not be obligated to wear a condom? I doubt that most of them like to think “What if today’s the day I finally catch something?” Adult entertainers need just as much health protection, if not more, than we do.

 

While it’s true that porn companies mandate their employees to get tested for STDs at least once a month, that’s not enough. The porn industry needs to grow up and set an example for safe sex.

 

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a mandate requiring porn actors wear condoms on set. As a childish retaliation, some porn producers have threatened to move the industry out of the San Fernando Valley, the porn capital of the world. If this happens, it could threaten the Los Angeles economy, which earns billions from adult entertainment annually.

 

Porn legend Ron Jeremy, “The Hedgehog,” has starred in over 2,000 adult films, and insists he’s disease-free. He is opposed to the initiative, telling the Huffington Post in January, 2012, “They call it a dental dam because dam if I wear one…it ruins the fantasy.”

 

While it’s true porn is a fantasy, STDs are real, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.

 

A condom may be a reminder of unwanted pregnancy and STDs, but it shouldn’t be feared. There is no one who can make putting a condom on a man sexier than Jenna Jameson, “The Queen Of Porn.” She is what most female adult entertainment actresses aspire to be. According to the Global Post, Jameson is all for using condoms during adult films. She has worked for Wicked Pictures, one of the porn companies that has had their performers wear condoms since a 2004 HIV scare. The mandate will not only help the actors stay healthy, but also make it possible for future generations to see using a condom as a necessary part of sex.

 

We live in California, the trendsetter of the entertainment industry. If we make this happen, we will be setting and example to other states and countries that still use bareback (condom-less) porn to attract viewers.

 

 

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