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On Condoms, Porn, and Billboards: Proposition B in Los Angeles
I pass this sign every morning on my way to work, and I still can’t get over how bizarre it is. At first glance, it may seem to be promoting a “No on B” stance. After all, it is relaying that pornographers, the people most affected by this law and who this law is intended to protect, are against it. But if you look at the fine print, it is paid for by the “Yes on B” campaign. What the ad is telling you is that pornographers “Say No on B,” and I guess the “Yes on B” people assume that no sane person would knowingly have any opinion in common with a pornographer. Which I suppose might be a legitimate tactic in some dry county in Alabama or something, but this is on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. 
Proposition B would, in an effort to curb STD’s and promote safe sex, require porn actors to wear condoms during filming. Actually, it requires that porn-makers apply for health permits from a government agency that can be revoked if they do not comply with the condom rule, among others. Yet again, government interferes with the consensual exchanges of free people for their own good. If this was something the porn industry or the porn-patronizing public wanted, it would already be taking place. And, because it is in their best interest to run a clean operation, the porn industry has checks in place to ensure their actors stay safe (and shooting shutdowns are prevented). Indeed, because of its regular screenings (every 14-30 days), there hasn’t been a case of HIV in the industry since 2004 - and porn stars have lower infection rates than the public at large.
But like all laws that meddle in the peaceful interactions of free people, if this proposition passes there will be unintended consequences. Instead of the desired outcome (of increased condom-use in porn), most filmmakers will simply move their operations where they can more accurately craft that which their customers demand: bareback shtupping. Many of the same meddlesome statists will no doubt weep at the lost tax “revenue” such departing businesses will represent. 
Of course, this proposition isn’t only about potential health risks to the tiny community of porn actors and their sex partners. There’s also an element of legislating morality, one bureaucratic paper-cut at a time.
So I guess it’s fitting that stupid people use stupid billboards to promote stupid laws…

On Condoms, Porn, and Billboards: Proposition B in Los Angeles

I pass this sign every morning on my way to work, and I still can’t get over how bizarre it is. At first glance, it may seem to be promoting a “No on B” stance. After all, it is relaying that pornographers, the people most affected by this law and who this law is intended to protect, are against it. But if you look at the fine print, it is paid for by the “Yes on B” campaign. What the ad is telling you is that pornographers “Say No on B,” and I guess the “Yes on B” people assume that no sane person would knowingly have any opinion in common with a pornographer. Which I suppose might be a legitimate tactic in some dry county in Alabama or something, but this is on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood

Proposition B would, in an effort to curb STD’s and promote safe sex, require porn actors to wear condoms during filming. Actually, it requires that porn-makers apply for health permits from a government agency that can be revoked if they do not comply with the condom rule, among others. Yet again, government interferes with the consensual exchanges of free people for their own good. If this was something the porn industry or the porn-patronizing public wanted, it would already be taking place. And, because it is in their best interest to run a clean operation, the porn industry has checks in place to ensure their actors stay safe (and shooting shutdowns are prevented). Indeed, because of its regular screenings (every 14-30 days), there hasn’t been a case of HIV in the industry since 2004 - and porn stars have lower infection rates than the public at large.

But like all laws that meddle in the peaceful interactions of free people, if this proposition passes there will be unintended consequences. Instead of the desired outcome (of increased condom-use in porn), most filmmakers will simply move their operations where they can more accurately craft that which their customers demand: bareback shtupping. Many of the same meddlesome statists will no doubt weep at the lost tax “revenue” such departing businesses will represent. 

Of course, this proposition isn’t only about potential health risks to the tiny community of porn actors and their sex partners. There’s also an element of legislating morality, one bureaucratic paper-cut at a time.

So I guess it’s fitting that stupid people use stupid billboards to promote stupid laws…

Notes:

  1. pablo-jose-666 reblogged this from laliberty
  2. cliffordthecorrupt reblogged this from fathermercer and added:
    Bolded for personal emphasis. People in porn are meticulous about keeping diseases at bay. The ones that don’t follow...
  3. puckspoliticsandpussy reblogged this from laliberty
  4. letterstomycountry said: I think your link says it all: It’s one thing when people attempt to solve a problem through protective regulation. But it appears that there’s not even a problem to solve here.
  5. shaggyblogjoke said: I feel like the people that are in porn aren’t comforted thinking the last contraction of HIV in the porn industry was waaaay back in 2004. I don’t see this as a case of legislating morality, but more expanding health codes for worker safety.
  6. sugashane reblogged this from michaelangerlo and added:
    If pornstars wanted to, they’d wear condoms. They don’t want to, for various reasons, so they don’t. Others do want to,...
  7. fathermercer reblogged this from laliberty
  8. robotbutler reblogged this from laliberty and added:
    Seriously, anyone who also lives in California please vote no on this stupid-ass proposition.
  9. j4s0nd4v1s reblogged this from laliberty
  10. myczil reblogged this from laliberty
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