Condoms Now Required On Los Angeles County Porn Sets After Measure B Passed

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This is hardcore. Los Angeles County’s proposed new condom law on the mucho dinero grossing porn industry in the area is even, emmm, harder for the porn industry.

After that whole democratic process yesterday, the people of Los Angeles decided that, yes, indeed, they do want their porn stars to wear condoms.

Measure B, which was dubbed the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” not only requires performers to wear condoms (random thought: will women have wear female condoms for girl-on-girl action?) and insist that porn producers apply for permits from the LA County Department of Public Health before they shoot sex scenes or risk things like misdemeanor charges.

Hmmm, let’s see, getting possibly arrested for letting two consenting adults do what they allegedly made the conscientious choice to do. Sounds sort of like an infringement on basic human rights, right? Right, but there’s public safety to think about too.

The measure does make sense in that it will encourage safe sex from the ever-growing population of porn purveyors. You know that trick you once learned when you were 15 that you’ve used successfully your whole life? Well, the 15-year-olds of tomorrow will learn to cover it up–that is if they’re watching Los Angeles County-created pornography. Anything from Budapest, well, that’ll still be out there.

You see, the porn producers are threatening to now move their industry–which makes up a good percentage of income in the San Fernando Valley–to out-of-state places like Arizona.

Porn star James Deen, the “well-endowed boy next door,” agreed on this point, joking on Twitter that he’ll be doing a lot more “traveling,” but in an interview before the election, Deen said that he considers porn stars as part of a misunderstood minority group.

“We are much like the homosexual, minority or female populations,” Deen told HuffPost. “We are a community of tax-paying and law-abiding voters who are currently being persecuted. But our opinions do matter, and I hope one day we get respect as these previously-stated groups and others have begun to receive.”


–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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