AB1576: Continuing the Employment of Short-Sighted Solutions
by Chanel Preston
As a performer in porn, I love what I do, and I care about the future of this industry. Unfortunately, I foresee the industry becoming a place where people choose to operate underground and others spread out among the U.S., searching for a place more tolerant of porn production, further weakening the unity in our industry and giving strength to the risks associated with lack of community and involvement. I see this as the future of the adult film industry because of AB 1576, a bill which would require the use of condoms on the sets of all porn productions throughout the entire state of California. Besides abstinence, condoms are the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, so how can this particular safety measure do harm to our industry? Because of misunderstandings about how production works, fights against an non-existent battle, and employing short-sighted solutions. The requirement to use condoms by the government will only harm the adult film industry.
It’s no secret that many people watch porn on a daily basis. They see the hot girl with her sexy lingerie flirting with the camera. Eventually, a well-endowed stud comes in, and the scene ensues. They enjoy each moment as their fantasy comes to life. What they don’t see is what it takes to create this fantasy. Depending on the scene, the performers could be having intercourse anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours. There could also be many performers in one scene making it almost impossible to keep track of the necessary condom changes due to partner changes. Also, condoms easily break when it comes to the more vigorous sex that’s often required in gonzo style porn. Condoms can also cause tears in the vagina due to the length of time they are being used. This can be extremely painful, causing performers to take days off to heal and make them more susceptible to infections due to the trauma. This contradicts the condom law that will possibly be put in place to protect us.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) gave impetus to the push for condoms to be mandatory in porn production. They claim to be fighting the battle to eliminate HIV within the community, but there is only one community they seem to be concerned with…the porn community. However, the porn industry has an extremely low rate of HIV transmissions with not one case having been transmitted on set since 2004. Because of our testing system that is currently in place, we have kept HIV away from the performer pool for ten years. AHF is fighting a battle where a battle does not exist and is sending its useful resources away from the communities where HIV transmission is a problem and where resources are needed most.
Requiring performers to wear condoms is a band-aid and a very short-sighted solution to a much larger problem which penetrates everyone’s lives, not just performers . We are not being educated about sex. The best solution to this problem is to provide performers, and those interested in being performers, adequate support and resources to make the best decisions. We have to be educated when it comes to sex and so many are not. Wearing a condom will not give people the knowledge they need to understand their bodies and be mindful of the choices they make.
We will NEVER be able to make sex 100% safe, on or off camera. The moment you decide to be sexually active you are taking on risks and the responsibility to make choices that could affect others. Because of this, it’s imperative that performers, as well as the general population, have access to knowledge and resources about their bodies and the decisions they make surrounding sex. I’m asking those whose decisions affect AB1576 to not place a band-aid on a problem only to see it ripped off years later to expose a mess that could have been prevented with proper understanding of what was needed. To those same people, make a decision that will be effective in ensuring safety within our community. With the proper knowledge we can reduce risky behavior, increase awareness, and in turn safety.
As performers we care about our community, we care about our safety, and we care about our future. Please make a decision that will help us, not hurt us.
About Chanel Preston
Chanel Preston is an award-winning adult performer who was named Penthouse Pet for March of 2013 and nominated for the coveted AVN award for Best New Starlet in 2011. Preston has been a well sought after adult actress since she entered the adult film industry in 2010. She can be found on Twitter @chanelpreston or at her site which is NSFW.
Originally published at Kinky.com