Author Archives: Peter Acworth

Opposing Mandatory Condoms in Porn

AB 332 is a pending bill in the California state legislature mandating that performers in the adult industry use condoms when they work. At it’s heart, it’s a state-wide version of the ordinance that passed in Los Angeles last fall. On the surface, such a bill would seem to protect the performers from STIs — a worthy goal, and one toward which all of us in the industry should work. Unfortunately, AB 332 would make things worse performers. I’ve spent over ten years working to make Kink a safe and sane work environment for performers, and the bill does nothing to acknowledge the reality of porn production.

Kink, like most of the industry, abides by a strict set of testing protocols — a safety infrastructure we’ve built over the past decade to keep performers safe. Porn actors are required to submit to regular testing, and present those tests before shooting new scenes. It’s been largely successful — there has not been a case of HIV transmission on a porn set since 2004, and when there has even a suspicion, the industry shuts down until everyone can be retested.

What AB 322 does by requiring condoms could dismantle this testing protocol and threaten to drive porn production back underground. It also takes away the rights of performers who prefer not to use condoms on set due. Porn production is a physically intensive process, and latex makes the process much more difficult. In a three hour shoot, it can be abrasive and very uncomfortable. (Kink did a survey of performers a few years ago, and a majority of both men and women prefer to shoot porn without condoms — even when they use them diligently in their personal life.)

Instead of creating smarter regulation, AB 322 will turn porn into a wild west, stripping existing protections from our performers. In the short term, much of the industry will move out of state, or overseas, to places where neither condoms — nor our testing protocols — are in place to protect models.

There are ways that the porn industry can make sets safer for models, but AB 322, like Measure B before it, isn’t one of them. They were drafted by moralists (we can get into that at another time) who have never listened to what either performers or producers have told them about how we live or work.

Next Wednesday, Kink staff and stars will be headed to Sacramento to make our voices heard. And while we’d love to see you there, you can help even if you can’t be on the bus.

Please call or fax (yes, they still measure opposition by fax in Sacramento) the Assembly members on the committee to express your opposition.

— Peter

State Assembly Labor Committee Contact Info

Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D)
100 North Barranca Street
Suite 895
West Covina, CA 91791

Tel: (626) 960-4457
Fax: (626) 960-1310

Assemblymember Jeff Gorel (R)
2659 Townsgate Rd Suite 236
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Tel: 805-230-9167
Fax: 805-230-9183

Assemblymember Mike Morrell
10604 Trademark Parkway North, Suite #308
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Tel: (909) 466-9096
F: (909) 466-9892

Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Salinas Office:
100 West Alisal Street
Suite 134
Salinas, CA 93901

Tel: (831) 759-8676
Fax: (831) 759-2961

Assemblymember Ed Chau
205 South Chapel Avenue, Suite B
Alhambra, CA 91801

Tel: (626) 382-0049
Fax: (626) 382-0048

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3350

Tel: (213) 483-5151
Fax: (213) 483-5166

Assemblymember Chris Holden
600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107

Tel: (626) 351-1917

More more information or possible text for fax, please visit the Free Speech Coalition/a>.

Does the Pope Like Porn?

Screenshot of the Download List from Vatican City. WA stands for Whipped Ass. TPH for TSPussyHunters.

Screenshot of the Download List from Vatican City. WA stands for Whipped Ass. TPH for TSPussyHunters.

We got word yesterday that someone in the Vatican has been watching our porn movies — illegally.

Yesterday, Torrent Freak reported IP addresses registered to the Holy See have been caught downloading clips from Kink. While we can’t identify who specifically, whomever it is is certainly violating the eighth commandment (“Thou Shalt Not Steal”) and possibly the second (“Thou Shalt Not Bow Down to Any Gods Before Me”). We don’t want to cause an international incident, so we won’t be pressing charges or demanding they hand over records.

While we don’t support theft of content, in this case we’re happy whoever he (or she) is is enjoying our movies. Our mission is to demystify BDSM and celebrate alternate sexuality. This is different from the Catholic Church’s mission which has (traditionally) been to shame anyone who deviates from a sexuality that isn’t procreative. We figure whoever is downloading these movies is feeling a fare amount of shame as it is, so we’ll let this one slide.

In many ways, the Church isn’t so different from Kink. The peculiar vestments, the intricate rituals, the absolute surrender to authority — these are all things we practice in the consensual BDSM. What is aftercare if not the absolving of sin? What is subspace if not a way to exorcise demons? We, too, believe in seeking the sublime and transcendent.

So whether this is a lonely priest or pope emeritus Benedict, we hope he isn’t flagellating himself for having a taste for the flesh. Or if he is, that he’s at least enjoying it.

We’ll practice forgiveness for now — and in return ask that they restrain themselves from judging those of us who seek our own form of salvation.