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Readers Respond: Should condom use be a requirement in pornographic films?

Responses: 19


Updated August 19, 2013


I approve of safer sex in pornography ( and elsewhere.) That said, while I strongly believe that safe health practices should be used in the *actual creation* of smut, just as they should in say the restaurant or hospital industries, I don't believe in thought crime. If the cock is secretly a cunningly wrought piece of silicon, the semen is shaving cream, etc., I have no problems with the *appearance* of unsafe sex. (or of other noxious practices, such as pedophilia or rape. I believe in fiction, and in the power of a consumer to realize that smut is, in fact, more often fictitious than not)
—Guest Lynn Laura

Required, no. Common, yes.

I think barebacking should be treated like a kink: absent from mainstream porn, overtly discussed or focused on as taboo and dangerous in fringe productions.

Volunteerism not Legislation

I think it is praiseworthy if the creators of porn include safe sex practices, for all the reasons you mention. But I'm unclear about how you're proposing to require it. Do you mean like a Hays Code for porn? I'd be surprised if the industry were that unified-- I think the social and economic pressures on the porn industry are quite different from the ones on the major film studios of the past. If you mean by legislation, then I think that would be infringing on artistic freedom. The closest thing I can think of is regulation of tobacco *advertising* for public health reasons. But you're still allowed to show people smoking in movies. And, for that matter, you're allowed to show people lying, cheating, stealing, and killing, even though these are all things that are bad for public health too.
—Guest Jane Smythe


We require driers to wear seat belts, why not porn stars to wear condoms?
—Guest Josh Jasper

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