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Friday, February 19, 2016

California Porn Saved From Condoms, Goggles, Dental Dams

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 3:14 PM

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When was the last time you saw a dental dam, outside of health class or a visit to the dentist? Be honest. It wasn't in an adult film — and the latex films won't be in an adult film in the future, either.

Yes, California's robust adult film industry will remain safely latex free, after a move to mandate the use of condoms, dental dams, gloves, and — yes, and — goggles was shot down on Thursday by state labor regulators, as the Guardian reports.

Spearheading the condom movement was the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (as in the same crew behind the Out of the Closet thrift stores, your former favorite bargain clothing outlet).

And in the bareback corner, lobbying the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA): a bevy of your favorite porn stars, including SF Weekly columnist Siouxise Q. Go Siouxsie!

According to AIDS Healthcare Foundation exec Michael Weinstein, who was the main bankroller of a voter initiative that mandated condom use in Los Angeles, and has also successfully qualified a condom rule for the Nov. 2016 ballot (and is so pro-condom that he's anti-PreP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis), latex is necessary safety equipment. And without goggles, he argues, how could workers be expected to perform in films such as 1,000 Load Fuck, in which... well, you can imagine.

Porn actors argued that the rules were "patronizing" and would only serve to drive adult films underground, as nobody in their right mind wants to see people wearing goggles and rubber gloves fucking. No way, no how. 


Cal/OSHA's board voted 3 to 2 against the rules, meaning they're dead for now. However, if AHF's condom initiative passes, we could be having this discussion all over again soon. 
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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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