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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Bullshit Behind Measure B & Mandated Condoms in Porn

The more I read about Measure B, the more pissed off I get! 
A bit about the "Yes on Measure B" campaign: 
Measure B calls for a mandate of condoms and barriers in pornographic films in California. The Aids Healthcare Foundation (AFH) is behind this wasteful campaign. (Um...can you say "product placement?") I know what you may be thinking- "Condoms are a great idea! AHF is only trying to reduce the spread of HIV!" Let's explore. Let's also keep in mind that there has not been a single case of HIV in the heterosexual porn industry in over 8 years. Yes, that's right. Now, are you wondering about the gay porn industry? Well, Measure B would barely apply to that industry, even though that's where the real problem (in terms of HIV) lies. Um...what? By the way, Michael Weinstein of AHF is gay, just sayin. Allow me to be a bit more clear: although B WOULD apply to gay porn shot in LA county, the majority of gay porn is shot in San Francisco. Let's continue to investigate.
Vote Yes on B? You mean vote yes for a waste of tax payer money? Vote Yes to support AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), who has spent 4 million dollars on this ridiculous, wasteful campaign in order to put condoms on a few hundred porn performers? Yes, brilliant. This measure is bullshit, and what this whole scare-tactic campaign doesn't tell you is that your tax dollars will be paying for this. That LA county will lose thousands of jobs, that the porn industry will continue to move out of California to Nevada and Arizona. Just what California lose more money! Think about what you're voting for before you vote, get all of the facts. Research the rates of HIV in the general population, it was WAAAAAAAY higher than in the heterosexual porn industry (Measure B does not target the gay porn industry, ironically); hasn't been a case of HIV in the straight industry in over 8 years. It seems to me that AIDS Healthcare Foundation has better things to be spending their money on, rather than going on a witch hunt against porn performers. Last thing anyone needs is MORE government regulation on our genitals. 
This measure also has serious implications for webcam performers; even husbands and wives (or partners) working in THE PRIVACY OF THEIR OWN HOME. The cops would have the right to knock on their door and arrest them for not using condoms while on webcam. More government regulation...more and more...who the fuck is actually supporting this? I hope to live in California once I'm done with my degree. The day that a cop knocks on my door and asks to inspect my genitals is the day that I COMPLETELY lose my mind. Might as well just put a chastity belt on me. While we're at it, let's take away my right to terminate a pregnancy! I'd like to just hand my pussy over to the government. They obviously know better than I do. 
Now let's talk about the claims by Mike South; that 100 percent of performers will be treated for chlamydia every year. Where did he pull this number from? Out of his ass, thin air? No empirical support or real numbers to back this up. Frightening.
Let's explore just a bit more! AIDS Healthcare Foundation has  poured millions of dollars into advertisement for this wasteful campaign. They paid for billboards in LA county, and these billboards state "PORNOGRAPHERS SAY NO ON B." Um....yea? Way to go AHF, state the obvious. Yes, you read correctly: AHF PAID FOR BILLBOARDS THAT STATE PORNOGRAPHERS SAY NO ON B. Well, of course they do. Pornographers and performers don't want to lose their jobs. They don't want to be forced to work with condoms, gloves, and dental dams. They don't want to have to move out of their state. AHF had to release a statement explaining their billboard (since it makes no fucking sense, and appears to campaign for the opposing side). What was behind this billboard campaign? SHAMING. AHF wants you to know that only "yucki" evil pornographers would vote No on Measure B. So, AHF is taking an already stigmatized group of people (sex workers) and setting up billboards to further shame them. It's like we are back in the 1950s; I'm waiting for AHF to start busting out racial slurs. Fortunately, you can't shame those who are proud of their work! Their ridiculous billboard bullshit backfired, see here:  
Vote No On Measure B Porn Star Photo Campaign 
Yup, pornographers and performers DO say No to B, and won't be shamed. 
For more information on how Measure B will ruin the industry and crash California's economy, see the following:
If you would like your pornography without a side of condoms & dental dams, Vote NO on Measure B on November 6.