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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Porn - What are you looking at?

Read today that the porn industry is shut down because of an HIV scare. Some are people are blaming the government, others are blaming the companies who do the shoots. Still others are blaming the people who are the actors/performers in the porn industry.

The sad fact is that HIV is a reality of life and unless you are careful about who your sexual partners are you too can get a sexually transmitted disease. STD's aren't sexy or fun to talk about. They take you out of the moment and put you in a place you don't want to be.

Would it be better in the porn industry to use condoms? When you are getting all hot and bothered, ready to go at it with another person do you get miffed if they stop and put on a condom? I know some people get angry when the condom in erotic literature is obtrusive, but in literature and fiction movies you can have your character sleep around, boinking anything that moves and it's not a problem because no one is actually having sex.

In box office hits the mega stars who have sex on the big screen aren't actually inserting any parts into anyone else. The film is cut to look like they are doing it, but they aren't. In porn shoots, they are having sex and putting themselves at risk because they aren't wearing a condom.

In erotic literature it doesn't really matter if a person uses a condom or not. Many authors force their characters to use a condom, but sometimes the editor want's the condom gone. If you're writing fantasy or scifi, like my Princess series, then  the use of the condom is a mute point. You can make up rules about STD's and their transmission to non humans. In real life you don't get the option of making up rules.

Ultimately it is up to each individual, except in cases of rape, to use a condom or not use a condom. The porn stars don't have to be porn stars. I'm sure they have enough intelligence to work in another industry. They have made a choice to have sex for a living. And as far as work goes, there are worse ways to earn a paycheck, but it is a choice they made. Many of the stars would probably feel more comfortable using a condom but the production companies don't let them. What's the performer to do to earn a paycheck? It's one of those work safety issues that when you argue with your employer you lose your job.

If you worked in a paint spraying industry you would expect to wear protection on your face to protect your lungs. If you employer refused to let you wear a face mask you would have grounds to turn that employer in to the authorities and get the government on your side. Do you feel that if you hired a company knowing that they required their employes to use dangerous tactics to get the job done you would be as much at fault because you encouraged the dangerous activity by payment? My answer is that you would be acting negligent.

If you are going to watch porn then don't watch porn that doesn't require their performers to use condoms. Of course the believed general attitude of porn viewers is that they are a bunch of heartless jerks who could care less about the performers. If that's the case for you then maybe you need to seek counseling. Don't be a jerk, instead, be a part of the change. The porn industry will go away if all the performers die of AIDS. Demand that porn stars use condoms and don't purchase porn that doesn't include condom use.

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