Chris Lowrance: #stopAB1576 – The future of queer porn is in jeopardy

May 20, 2014
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In summary: AB 1576 is a bill being voted on in CA to not only mandate that condoms be worn in porn, but to also require strict and expensive testing protocols.

Chris Lowrance

Chris Lowrance

While I appreciate the concern for performers’ safety, this law ignores several key factors. Several are quickly outlined at that link, but one of the things that bothers me most is the astoundingly heteronormative and cisnormative assumptions made about what performers’ bodies look like and how they function. I work for Pink & White Productions, and even though we’ve always provided performers with every kind of barrier and safer-sex product imaginable (hell, we’ll let you leave your clothes on if you want), it’s difficult to tell just how this law would apply to the bodies and actions of our performers.

It’s also detrimental to queer porn in another way: Every queer porn company is a small business. Every last one of us already wishes we could pay performers more, shoot more, and in general grow as a voice within the adult industry as a whole. In spite of the challenges, we have effected positive change in the industry – given time, I believe our ethical practices regarding truly allowing performers to choose to use barriers will also spread.

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