Archive for September 1st, 2011

Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.  –  Andrew Johnson

One year ago today I published the first of a number of columns about the efforts of the so-called “AIDS Healthcare Foundation”, a group of rubber fetishists funded by the condom industry who have been trying to drive the porn industry out of California by forcing the California workplace safety authorities (Cal/OSHA) to impose “barrier restrictions” designed for the medical field (condoms, dental dams, goggles, face shields) during sex scenes.  Since the porn industry discovered during the AIDS scare of the ‘80s that virtually nobody will watch heterosexual porn in which the performers use condoms, if AHF is successful in its sleazy game it would force the porn industry to leave California in order to create a viable product – which may even be what they’re after.  For those unfamiliar with the development of this campaign to “rescue” porn performers from their own informed choices, you may wish to read the column of last September 1st and also those from October 15th, December 9th, December 13th, January 12th, March 7th and April 8th before proceeding with this article from the August 17th San Francisco Chronicle:

Los Angeles voters could cast ballots deciding whether porn producers have to require use of condoms on shoots as a condition of getting a filming permit if a health advocacy group succeeds in a new ballot initiative.  AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein announced Tuesday that his group needs 41,138 valid city voter signatures in the next four months to get the issue on the June ballot.  “As a citizen of Los Angeles, I have a responsibility in my own hometown to make sure we limit the spread of disease, but also to ensure the safety of performers in this industry,” said Weinstein, who says his group has hired a firm to gather the signatures.

The proposed ordinance would apply to commercial filming of adult films, and would call on the city to charge adult film producers a “fee sufficient to pay for periodic inspections” for enforcement.  The ballot box query is the latest move in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s long-standing campaign to require safe sex in pornography.  The group has had three unsuccessful attempts to find a lawmaker to back statewide legislation to mandate condoms in porn.  A lawsuit asking a judge to mandate local health officials to crack down on unprotected sex was also unsuccessful.  Acting in response to an AHF complaint, state workplace safety officials are already working to clarify an existing regulation, which directs nurses and medical professionals to wear gloves at work, to specify condom use in porn, too.

The majority of American commercial porn films are shot in the city’s San Fernando Valley, where the multibillion-dollar industry has long resisted the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s attempts to require safe sex for its performers.  The exact number of productions that occur without permits is unknown, but about 200 permits a month are issued.  In Los Angeles, officials have largely resisted enforcing or strengthening any safe sex mandates on the industry.  Last year, Los Angeles County public health director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said regulating condom use on porn sets is nearly impossible.

Since Weinstein and his fellow perverts have been unable to find a politician, judge or bureaucrat willing to destroy a lucrative industry by denying adult video performers the right to make their own decisions, they now hope to recruit the masses to collectively do the job.  I suspect that this latest effort, like the others, is doomed to fail; though I’m sure there are as many control freaks who derive twisted pleasure from telling adults what to do in Los Angeles as there are anywhere else, I’m sure there are also an awful lot of porn watchers there and as I said, they’re not interested in seeing condom-fetish porn.  On top of that, the adult film industry has deep pockets and if Weinstein succeeds in getting this on the ballot you can bet their ads will cover not only the adult choice issue and the consumer preference angle, but also point out that if this busybody campaign were to succeed, it would almost certainly cost the almost-entirely-broke state yet another lucrative industry.

Not that any of that matters to Weinstein, whose self-appointed “responsibility” to make other adults’ decisions for them results in his descending like a hyena every time a story like this one (from the August 29th Los Angeles Times) appears:

An adult film performer has tested HIV positive, prompting a temporary shutdown Monday of adult film productions across Los Angeles until further testing can confirm the result…”Until we know for sure, we’ve asked the industry to have a moratorium on production,” said Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based porn industry trade group [which]…became aware of the possible HIV case Saturday…[Duke] said she notified adult film production companies across the San Fernando Valley on Monday morning that a performer had tested positive and urged them to temporarily halt productions until further tests were completed…she could not release the performer’s name, age or gender.  Further testing will likely be completed within a week, she added.  Her group will notify performers who had sex with the potentially infected person so they can get tested…Los Angeles County health officials and state health regulators, who have been involved with such testing in the past, were not notified of the test because it was performed out of state, Duke said.

…Last month, Duke’s group launched a new testing database for porn performers, the Adult Performer Health and Safety Services, designed to provide producers and agents with access to results from numerous testing centers.  Duke said it will be at least another month before testing is complete and the database is fully functional.  Adult film performers must be tested every 30 days and show proof of a clean test before they perform, according to voluntary industry standards.  AIM Medical Associates had been operating the industry’s database of test results before it closed in May while fighting a lawsuit that alleged it revealed performers’ private medical information.  The new database will tell producers and agents only whether performers are available for work, not their specific test results as AIM had done, Duke said.

…Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said the latest possible HIV infection showed an “outrageous disregard for the health and safety of performers and the community at large” and demonstrates why testing is not an adequate substitute for condoms.  He called on L.A. city officials to pull all adult film permits until condoms are mandated.  “How many performers must become infected with HIV and other serious STDs before the industry will clean up its act and government will do the right thing?” he said.

Of course for fanatics, the “right thing” is always whatever they declare it is, implemented by force.

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