Condom law might force porn producers to decamp from California #RemoveWeinstein

Condom law might force porn producers to decamp from California #RemoveWeinstein

Outside of the random insults, this is a fairly good read..

Can condoms cause the hugely profitable California porn business to go limp? In November 2016, state voters may be asked to pass judgment on a ballot initiative that would require actors in adult films to wear condoms when they engage in onscreen sex acts. Supporters of the initiative say it will protect thrusting thespians from contracting diseases. Porn producers insist condoms would be a total buzz kill.

Pornographic filmmakers warn that, if the initiative becomes law, they will pack up their cameras, lights, high heels, hair removers, handcuffs, vibrators, lubricants, strap-ons and other exotic paraphernalia and leave California. On the plus side, that means residents from the San Fernando Valley to Ventura will be assured that the high-pitched yowling from the house next door is coming from a distressed cat, not from a porn actress in mid-performance. On the negative side, state and local tax revenue could drop by tens of millions of dollars.

Since the passage of a countywide condom mandate in 2012, Los Angeles County has seen a 90% decline in applications for filming permits from porn producers, so the threat of a revenue slump is real. Still, would dirty-picture impresarios and their merry troops of naked performers really decamp for Oregon or Arizona and leave the glitz of L.A. just because of condoms? Is this about art, health or money?

The pornography industry is layered, very much like Dante’s nine circles of Hell. The deeper you go, the darker and more perverse it becomes (and the more everyone seems to have an Eastern European accent). In the upper circles, though, the inherent abuse and misogyny of the business is much less overt. There is a low-rent glamour and lure of quick celebrity in the higher-level porn world that mimics the legitimate film industry. There are awards ceremonies, there are branding opportunities, and there are the thrills of signing autographs at car shows. Filming goes on in pleasant suburban neighborhoods, by sunlit swimming pools and in the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens of upscale Spanish colonial homes.

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