Porn’s Prickly Question

A severe syphilis outbreak in Europe has spread to LA and seems oddly well-timed for proponents of Measure B, a ballot measure that would require porn performers to wear condoms. Scott Shackford rails against what he sees as “nanny-statism”:

[A]s for the transmission of disease, kindly Google “hepatitis outbreak” and take note of all those restaurants that are still in business. What we “don’t settle for” in the food industry and all those regulations and inspections doesn’t actually stop outbreaks from happening. We clearly do “settle for” a certain amount of risk of food-borne disease.

Other opponents argue that the measure would drive the industry underground, giving rise to riskier practices. Meanwhile, porn lawyer Michael Fattorosi offers advice to out-of-work performers on the tricky business of making scenes without sexual contact. And by the way, they tracked down the source of the syphilis outbreak, a veteran performer named Mr. Marcus. Money quote:

I tried to cover it up…because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa.