So, the issue of condom enforcement in porn has come up again in the wake of workers either discovering they have HIV or still working in spite of having it. In LA there is a mandatory condom law, and pornographers are moving to Las Vegas and Eastern Europe. Fucking typical. It is not surprising that they would put profit over the workers’ (predominantly women’s) health. This in spite of supporters advocating for reform and insisting that porn can be made safe!
My favorite analogy for this refusal of condom enforcement on porn sets is the butcher shop, although it’s tongue-in-cheek. We don’t allow the workers to handle raw meat without gloves on, so why should the people in porn be around bodily fluids without protection? Either the sex industry gets treated with the same standards of health and safety as every other (legitimate) job, or it needs to be abolished. And here is the dilemma: it can’t be treated like every other job. The pimps and pornographers and their supporters can talk a mad game about reducing stigma and the workers wanting to be taken seriously, but in reality they won’t stand for it. What matters to them is the bottom line.
Keep in mind also that the current system of porn is based on harm reduction and not harm prevention. Porn users do not want to see condoms being used, and they enjoy seeing money shots. Consequently, they (men) will insist on not wearing condoms when they have sex, and mimicking money shots. I have read about men faking the putting-on of condoms. It is disgusting. It is also a form of rape, and this same thing happens to prostituted women, or the johns simply refuse to wear condoms outright, or pay higher prices to go bareback. The only difference I see between prostitution and porn is the use of a camera to film the acts.
I want people to know that the women in the sex industry don’t have the same kinds of protections that those outside of it too, especially when it comes to rape and STDs. Non-prostituted women can sue for knowingly being given an STD. However, women outside of the industry already aren’t taken seriously when it comes to rape, so rape is much worse for women in the industry – per the saying that “you can’t rape a whore.” Pornographers get women to sign a contract so the women can’t refuse the acts (even if they’re not included in the original contract) or they won’t get paid, and also they (the pornographers) aren’t responsible for any personal trauma, injury or illness that occurs. All the pornographers care about is the filming, and putting on a good show (of acting, and fake pleasure) after all the editing. For them, the workers are disposable and interchangeable with one another.
Eastern Europe is not a good place for Americans. Feminists already know that Eastern European women are trafficked in the sex industry, the women desperate enough to do anything that they think will give them a better life. But I hope – per Gregory’s suspicion – that the pornographers meet a deadly fate there as they attempt to lure the women.