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Why Condoms Could Make Porn Less Safe

Last night over a Friday glass of wine I read : Larry Flint Attacked over unsafe porn, which raises some really interesting points. In short, Tracy Clark-Flory of Salon reports that The Aids Health Foundation filed a complaint with the California Division of Health and Safety to necessitate that condoms are used in porn.

While I’ve heard ad nauseam that consumers don’t want condoms in their porn, Tracy raises an interesting point that I’d never really considered–that female porn stars, in particular, don’t want condoms because, well, they irritate the hell out of your nether regions. Here’s a snippit to contemplate:

Some actresses say that required condom use could actually make their jobs harder. Longtime performer Nina Hartley put it like so: “For the women, there are just four words: rubber rash/friction burn.” What’s more, minor abrasions can leave performers more vulnerable to STI transmission. Questions also remain about the state’s ability to adequately enforce a condom-only rule, and whether spotty enforcement could ultimately undermine the current testing system and put actors at greater risk.

To be honest, I’ve always (and by always I mean since I seriously started considering the ins and outs of the biz) thought that condoms would make the porn world a safer place. But like all things, clearly it’s not so simple. Deep thoughts for a Saturday. Now to deal with the task at hand–the doggie I’m sitting for has fleas. To the groomer I go.

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