Veruca James On AB 1576: Why this bill is about more than condoms in porn

Veruca James On AB 1576: Why this bill is about more than condoms in porn

[On June 17, 2014] I will be meeting with Senator Holly Mitchell’s staff to testify, as a performer, that AB 1576 will not promote performer safety within the adult entertainment industry.  Please read why.

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I am writing to voice my opposition to AB 1576.  I reach out to you today to request that you to vote “NO” on AB 1576.

In addition to being a performer in the adult industry for three years, I have earned bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Accounting, as well as, a CPA.  I have been employed in public and private accounting prior to joining the adult entertainment industry as a performer.  I am writing you as an educated, independent performer, who chose this industry for my employment, as a passion.

As a performer in the adult entertainment industry, I am testifying to the already existing and effective occupational exposure control plan, as implemented by the performers and producers in the adult entertainment industry, which requires more stringent testing protocols than recommended by this bill. In addition, the proposed safety protocols would not only prohibit opportunities for profitable employment, but they are also excessive, a violation of my privacy, and deny my choice, as a performer, to engage in a creative, entertainment based industry, in which I accept the reasonable risks associated with the nature of my employment. AB 1576 will not promote the welfare, improve the working conditions, nor advance the opportunities for profitable employment for performers in the adult entertainment industry.

This bill would impose CDC recommended testing for HIV.  Currently, the CDC recommends the Elisa test, which tests for HIV antibodies in the blood.  Unfortunately, antibodies can take 3-6 months to develop in the blood of an infected person.  Due to our increased concern for our sexual health, our industry has self-adopted the use of the Aptima RNA test, which tests for the HIV virus, specifically, in the blood.  The Aptima RNA test is highly sensitive and will detect the HIV virus within 7-10 days of infection, hence our self-imposed 14-day testing window.  This bill has been amended to include our already implemented 14 day testing window, but that window would prove to be a moot point if we were forced to use the Elisa test, which had a 3-6 month incubation period.  Currently, our industry has the freedom and has always adopted the most current technology in both HIV and STI testing.  This is evidenced by the fact there has not been an on-set transmission of HIV within the adult entertainment industry in 10 years.  Our industry, already, has a more effective and efficient HIV exposure plan than suggested by this bill.

As a consumer, performer and producer in the adult industry, I know that the proposed “safety” protocols (condoms and other sexual barriers) will prohibit my opportunities for profitable employment and are proven to be excessive measures that are unnecessary with current testing protocols.  While I value my safety as a performer above the consumer demand, I am confident that our current testing protocols effectively mitigate the risks of STI’s and HIV transmission.  In addition, condoms and other sexual barriers are not approved for industrial or adult film production use.  Filming an adult movie requires 30-90 minutes of intercourse, which is far longer than the average condom or barrier recommended usage.  This increases the occurrence of breakage, chaffing, and vaginal and anal tearing which only increases the transmission risk of STI’s and HIV. This increased risk to my bodily health only makes me more susceptible to STI’s and HIV.  As a performer, I do not want to have government-mandated impositions on my health, based on inapplicable evidence of perceived protection.

As a producer of adult content, I create custom content and perform in web cam shows, with my fiancé, in our home.  This bill would eliminate my choice to legally perform and create content with my fiancé, without a condom or other proposed barriers.  In addition, it would require me to waive my privacy rights and submit to a government mandated STI test, in order to perform with my fiancé in our home.  The content produced by the adult entertainment industry is not limited to “scenes”/dvds.  The broad application of this bill would directly violate my rights to choose how I engage in sexual activity within my own personal relationship.

Lastly, AB 1576 is a direct violation of my right to privacy.   This bill would impose a government mandate on HIV testing, which would require me to waive my privacy rights and disclose my testing to a government agency in order to perform. There is a current lawsuit pending in the Federal District Court challenging the constitutionality of Measure B, which has very similar stipulations to AB 1576, which could be ruled to violate the Free Speech Guarantees of the First Amendment.  The only current required and regulated testing by the Department of Industrial Regulations is drug testing.  Approving a bill that is already being tried in Federal Court, for violating personal privacy laws, without any precedent seems hasty.

I urge you to consider my perspective and the effect your choice has on my life.  This bill might be presented to you as a simple safety measure needed in an industry without a voice, but I hope my arguments have proven that we do have a voice and a community that has already self-implemented protocols far exceeding the benefits this bill would provide.

Sincerely,

Veruca James

If you would like to voice your own opposition to AB 1576, please visit www.ab1576.org

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See also:  Adult Models, Directors and Crew Do NOT Want AHF’s Mandatory Condom Bill – #stopAB1576

AB 1576 proponent, latex fetishist Michael Weinstein, and Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-AHF)
AB 1576 proponent, latex fetishist Michael Weinstein, and California Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-AHF)

 

5 Responses to "Veruca James On AB 1576: Why this bill is about more than condoms in porn"

  1. Ernest Greene   June 18, 2014 8:25 pm at 8:25 PM

    Well reasoned and exceedingly well written. One of the best performer statements on AB 1576 so far, and there have been many. It’s interesting how the illiterate, foul-mouthed fools who dismiss the intelligence of the performers taking this position can’t seem to muster anything better than personal insults to defend their own views.

    Of particular interest, Veruca joins Casey Calvert, Kayden Kross, Jessica Drake (who is required to use condoms in her scenes as a condition of her contractual relationship with Wicked Pictures), Kylie Ireland and Stoya, all experienced performers of obvious intellectual capabilities, have lined up to agree with what is undoubtedly the most controversial position Nina Hartley has taken in her entire career: that condoms cause potentially hazardous wear and tear on vaginal tissues when used in shooting extended porn scenes. Nina holds a summa cum laude nursing degree from San Francisco State College (it’s public record so check it out before your run your yaps) and has enjoyed the longest continuous performing career in the history of this industry. Yet for having spoken the plain and obvious truth about this significant concern that directly impacts her fellow female performers, she has been dismissed as a fool, a front for the “sinister forces” behind the FSC, a liar and a fraud.

    Strangely, those who have been most viciously hostile towards her for raising this issue have all had one thing in common. They’re all men. They do not have vaginas. They are not gynecologists. They have no medical training whatsoever. They have no direct experience of being on the receiving end of a latex-sheathed, oversize penis for a couple of hours at a time. In short, they speak, as people do most loudly, from complete and utter ignorance, unlike Nina, Veruca, Kayden, Jessica and Kylie.

    Yet these loudmouths posture themselves as experts on the subject and derisively dismiss the personal testimony of those most directly affected.

    What these men need to learn is that there is a difference between being a pussy and having one.

    I’m sure I’ll catch the usual ration of shit from the usual shit-talkers for pointing out this rather obvious fact, but since when have facts been of any concern to any of them?

    Sticks and stones, boys. Deal with the facts if you have the slightest interest in appearing as something better than the ugly, despicable misogynists you prove yourselves to be every time you mansplain to women how their own anatomy works.

     
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  2. Anthony Kennerson   June 19, 2014 3:48 am at 3:48 AM

    Now THIS is more like it. This is the case that should have been made against Measure B from the very beginning. And, it comes directly from those most affected, which would normally clinch the deal, were it not for simple slut shaming and porn hating.

    And +1000 on Ernest’s point about how woman performers like Nina were and still are dissed and dismissed for stating the obvious about “condom burn”. Only point of disagreement is that I’d say that it wasn’t just men who were the biggest squawkers about not trusting a performer’s own experiences; there were plenty of supposedly “progressive feminist” and “sex positive” women who undercut and undermined Nina (and others) in support of “protecting performers” by reducing the issue of condom use to “B-b-b-b-but….moar lube!! Fresh condoms!!!! Shut up and take it for safety and safe sex’s sake!!!!” I’d say that they’ve done a lot more damage in support of the condom mandate than those men being all up in women’s vaginas and calling themselves “experts”.

     
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    • Ernest Greene   June 19, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 PM

      True enough. Some of the same small but disproportionately noisy and visible crowd of special snowflakes who make special snowflake porn and regard all conventional commercial porn production with only slightly less disdain than Gail Dines have seized on this point to try and discredit the women who made it possible for their teeny-tiny niche market to exist.

      I’m not going to name names here, though I think they’re all pretty familiar, but opening the door for them as Nina, Candida Royale and others who were in this business when these hipper-than-thou amateurs were still learning to ride bicycles may have been akin to inviting a vampire into your house.

      They’ve done nothing but bite those who helped them ever since.

       
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