Sex Workers Ask Cali Lawmakers to ‘Keep Adult Performers Safe’ by Rejecting Mandatory Condom Bill

Sex Workers Ask Cali Lawmakers to ‘Keep Adult Performers Safe’ by Rejecting Mandatory Condom Bill

The California Assembly is moving on rules to establish compulsory condom use for adult film peformers. Tomorrow the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee will vote on AB 1576, a bill that would require condoms in porn sex scenes, along with other industry “safety” measures, including “the provision of condom-safe water-based or silicone-based lubricants to facilitate the use of condoms.”

The bill also mandates that porn production companies keep confidential employee health records indefinitely, use “plastic and other disposable materials” to clean sets, and provide all employees with a safety training program. It does not “require condoms, barriers, or other personal protective equipment to be visible in the final product of an adult film.”

In other words, there’s little way for California officials to monitor or enforce adherence to the condom rule aside from sporadic checks on porn production studios. The bill also seems packed with enough random regulatory requirements to allow health officials to selectively make life miserable for any adult film company they feel like harassing.

Porn star Casey Calvert asks lawmakers to #stopAB1576
Adult star Casey Calvert asks lawmakers to #stopAB1576

Pitched as a measure to protect porn performers, AB 1576 has almost exclusively drawn harsh criticism from this constituency. Hundreds have signed a petition asking Assembly members to “keep adult performers safe” and vote no on AB 1576. On Twitter and other social media, sex workers have been speaking out usiing the hashtag #StopAB1576.

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One Response to "Sex Workers Ask Cali Lawmakers to ‘Keep Adult Performers Safe’ by Rejecting Mandatory Condom Bill"

  1. Link Bronklip   May 21, 2014 6:19 am at 6:19 AM

    In my opinion, the most recent HIV outbreak in the business was the straw that broke the camels back for the State of CA. Why? SOCIAL MEDIA! All the news and bloody details comes out mighty quick and the whole country shakes their collective heads for the most part. That’s a huge black mark on the state of California because that’s where it’s all goin down. The argument against condom bill isn’t very strong in my opinion. It’s a legit safety issue.
    To me, the real opposition would be because it’s bad for business. Who the Hell wants to buy condom porn?!? It would likely put businesses out of business and performers out of work.
    I’m assuming that argument (the real one) wouldn’t fly with the legislative decision makers. So, it seems like a reach for the performers preaching safety and freedom, but good luck!

     
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