Lux Alptraum doesn't think Measure B, the condoms-in-porn law for Los Angeles County, which passed Tuesday, will bring serious changes:
Los Angeles may be the epicenter of porn production, but San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami are home to their own hardcore porn scenes and will remain unaffected by the regulations of Measure B (as, of course, will Europe, where quite a bit of hardcore porn also happens to be shot). Though most full time porn performers make the majority of their money in Los Angeles, work trips to out-of-town studios like San Francisco's Kink.com and Miami's Bang Bros are incredibly common. So if the LA climate becomes less friendly to the adult industry, San Francisco and Miami are well positioned to pick up the slack.
Marina Galperina spoke with porn stars James Deen and Stoya, who opposed Measure B:
"This law doesn’t affect anyone but the adult film industry," Deen sighs. "But we are the only community in the world with HIV transmission rate of 0. We haven’t had a case in almost a decade." He brags of the strict bureaucracy that precedes each shoot, the testing with allegedly best medical equipment available every 14 to 28 days, the extensive database chronicling all exchange and — since producers can’t legally discriminate against employees with HIV — the foreplay of real talk between performers, the swap of negative test result papers.
And the law presents physical problems as well:
"The sex that you have on camera is not like the sex you have at home," says Stoya, another Measure B opponent. "You’re being pounded for an hour and a half with a piece of rubber to get the necessary footage. You’re going to get kind of torn-up. As a woman, you have a very high likelihood of getting little tears in the delicate skin of your vagina." Here, the risk of transmission and condom breakage is many times higher.
(Screenshot from the Daily Show's segment on Measure B, after asking "Are all porn decisions community based?")