California Rejects Plan Requiring Condoms, Dental Dams And Goggles In Porn

After six hours of testimony from nearly 100 actors and producers in the adult entertainment industry, the state of California rejected a move to force porn actors to use condoms, dental dams, and goggles during filming. Though the Occupational Safety and Health Standards board voted 3-2 in favor, they did not reach the four-vote threshold needed to adopt the new rules.

“While the standards board voted against adopting the proposed regulation, condoms are still required under the existing bloodborne pathogens standard in California and nationwide. This includes adult films,” Cal/OSHA, which drafted the rules, released in statement after the vote.

Still, the recurring issue of requiring condoms on porn sets seems to be as much of a political one as it is a health one, if not more. Members of the industry and public health experts both argued in the hearing that the current regulations, which require performers to get tested for STIs every two weeks, are safer than the rules proposed.

“The operative word in the adult industry is adult. We have the ability to think for ourselves. This isn’t big daddy porn boss telling all the children what to do,” said Ela Darling, a porn performer. But the crux of the political argument is that young people learn about sex from watching porn, and will have unsafe sex as a result.

Maybe if conservatives stopped relying on porn for sex-ed and used real educational programs for that (instead of abstinence), I wouldn’t have all these extra goggles lying around.

[The Guardian]