A few days ago, I was reading an XBiz special report called Porn & Condoms: Adult Industry Stands Divided, which obviously surmised the current, “Should condoms be mandatory on porn shoots?” debate within the porn industry.
Since pornstar Cameron Bay contracted HIV, the debate has come to the forefront of industry news.
The belief is that Cameron Bay wouldn’t have contracted HIV if condoms were mandatory on porn shoots.
I’m not here to discuss whether or not condoms should be mandatory. If we were to talk about condoms in porn, I would say that Nina Hartley has it figured it out already. Nina opposes the mandatory condoms in porn, favouring a “condoms optional” policy.
“If a performer would feel more comfortable in a scene and therefore more free, I want them to be able to choose condoms without there being negative repercussions, vis-à-vis future employment by that company,” Hartley told XBIZ. “If a performer feels more comfortable not using condoms in a particular movie or with a particular partner, then the performer should not be required to use them because of company policy.”
Makes sense, right? The men and women in porn are using their bodies and they should be able to choose what happens with their bodies. Right?
But most of the porn industry continues to resist making condoms mandatory or even fully optional because they’re sure that porn fans don’t want to see condoms in porn movies.
Legendary pornographer Larry Flynt said, “The reason why we don’t demand they use condoms is because there’s no market for videos with condoms. For some reason they do not sell when condoms are used. It’s like masturbating with gloves on.”
I’ve heard this argument over and over again and I’ve always accepted it at face value. After all, they make, market, and distribute porn movies and they would know what sells. But that’s just not good enough anymore.
If we’re to believe that seeing condoms in porn is a problem for viewers, we need tangible evidence.
I see a lot of porn because I work for Sex.com and I have to admit that I don’t pay any attention to the dicks. No offense to the male pornstars of the world, but all the dicks in porn look the same: pretty big and veiny. That’s why I hardly even notice them anymore.
The dicks could have a condom on and I wouldn’t even notice. Therefore condoms in porn don’t affect my enjoyment of it.
That’s how I feel anyways.
But I need to know how valid the “people don’t like seeing condoms in porn”. So tell me…How do you feel about condoms in porn?
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