California Senate Committee Passes Bill Mandating Condoms On Porn Sets
Despite the show of adult industry activists at the California statehouse, a state Senate Committee passed the industry-fought AB 1576, labeled the "Condom Bill" by one vote. The measure now goes on to the full Senate where experts believe it will enjoy a much easier time being approved.
The Sword's J.W. Waxner-Herman penned an illuminating editorial for The Sword moments after news escaped Sacramento:
I get that you’re not all on the side of the majority of porn performers in talking about this, and some of you may not get the nuances being discussed because, as all of us were, we’ve spent many years talking about why condoms are good, bareback is bad, and making porn stars safe on sets should be our biggest priority.
And, since most established gay porn studios in San Francisco and L.A. already shoot with condoms and do testing, adhering to this law, if it passes, will not be impossible, but the implications for the larger industry are much greater. And what this will mean for HIV-positive gay performers remains to be seen—it is highly likely they will be out of work.
But the fact remains that this bill is an anachronism that sponsored by an anti-porn crusader. Michael Weinstein hates porn. If you were not aware of that, you should be. He’s playing on the ignorance of politicians here to create an HIV scare that does not exist. Not to mention that the larger porn industry in California has already voluntarily adopted a 14-day testing requirement, using a more accurate testing method with a shorter window of accuracy, than the bill requires.
Should there be some legislation written to protect sex workers from exploitation by their employers? Certainly. But this isn’t that bill, and this could get ugly for the porn industry in California.
What do you think, Instincters? Is California getting thisclose to mandating condoms on porn shoots a good thing?