Condoms For Porn On November Ballot In L.A. County

Voters in Los Angeles County will have an interesting ballot measure to consider this November. They will have to decide whether the adult film industry will be required to have mandatory condom use in their film productions. And the adult film industry is absolutely wild about that proposal. The adult film industry is huge in California, where around 20,000 adult films are produced each year compared to just around 800 mainstream general release films by comparison. During part of the 1980’s and 1990’s condom use in many adult films resulted in much slower sales and less interest by my viewers who just didn’t like watching films with no bare-backing. The mandatory use of condoms could also harm the famous “money-shot” in most adult films as well, where featuring an ejaculation shot that ends up on the girl somewhere could go the way of the horseshoe or buggy.

Likely, voters in L.A. County will say yes to the ballot measure, figuring that condoms make good health sense. But, that could likely force the adult companies to look at filming somewhere else. However, favorable court rulings allowing for adult film production in California make this a favorable political environment to produce adult films in. Adult films in California are legal to film because they are not considered to violate state or local laws dealing with prostitution or pandering compared to many other areas in the U.S. where adult films may be legal to sell, but would actually violate laws in the area to produce by paying actors to have sex on camera.

The recession has been hard on the porn industry, with sales of DVDs down significantly. Further, too many adult sites offer free films to view these days, although many companies actually post these films on these sites as a sample of their works to entice customers to subscribe to their websites or to purchase their DVDs. Regardless, this large amount of free porn on the Internet probably hurts the retail sales of new porn DVDs by quite a bit.

Another problem is that porn just isn’t as profitable as in the past. Some $12 magazines now include a free DVD with the magazine, which makes a $12 magazine actually look like an attractive deal. And many standalone DVD titles now sell for very cheap prices as well, and may actually wholesale for as little as $1 each these days. That’s not much profit. Pay actors to have sex on camera so you can package a DVD that wholesales for just one dollar.

The mandatory use of condoms might actually be the single biggest threat ever to the American porn industry. It could really hurt sales and do what no other law enforcement actions could ever do in the way of curtailing the porn industry.

Government has tried an escalation of laws against porn including obscenity laws and the use of racketeering laws where sending as few as two DVDs by mail into a conservative community with strict local standards against porn could result in 20 years in prison, millions of dollars in fines, and government seizure of the assets of the business. But, that has failed to stop most porn, where most porn is viewed as legal in most parts of the country right now as long as it only involves nudity or just sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. But, condom use in films might really turn off customers for porn and really put the brakes on the business.

Funny how a thin bit of latex could change everything soon.

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  • MunDane68

    And thus, California will drive another business out of state.

    It will pop up somewhere else, probably not Vegas, as it is trying to recast itself as much more family friendly, so maybe Reno or Tampa or some midwest state near a major hub airport.

    I would say Texas, but they go through these paroxysms of Victorian prudishness every now and then.