Condoms, Porn, and L.A.'s Measure B: The Most Bizarre Ballot Initiative of 2012

On November 6, voters in Los Angeles County, California will get a chance to vote on whether actors in porn movies filmed in L.A. county must wear condoms and practice safe sex on camera.

The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act - also known as Measure B - is a response to ongoing stories about outbreaks of sexually transmitted diseases among workers in one of Southern California's most lucrative industries.

"Self regulation has failed miserably when it comes to the porn industry," says Michael Weinstein of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, one of the main backers of Measure B.

"This isn't the government's place," counters Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment, one of the country's leading producers of X-rated fare. "In a time when we have huge budget deficits, [county officials] are going to take their time and energy to figure out how to police an industry that does a fine job of policing itself."

Reason TV takes an in-depth look at one of the most heated - and controversial - regulatory battles ever put to a vote.

About 5:40 minutes. 

Produced by Sharif Matar. Camera by Matar, Paul Detrick, and Zach Weissmueller. Narrated by Tracy Oppenheimer.

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  • Cliché Bandit||

    I aint clickin' that....

  • Delroy||

    The first talking head in that video looks like she could be a pr0n actress.

  • Delroy||

    Also, sloppy second!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Naughty Newscasters 9?

  • AlmightyJB||

    I bet her ratings would go up if they played that music everytime she was on.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Wow, you guys are way behind. Even Videobox has 1080p downloads with no DRM.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    And since we all know that porn performers are perfectly chaste in their personal lives, the STD outbreak must be the result of their workplace.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Because nothing is more erotic than responsibility and fidelity to social norms.

  • Mark Kernes||

    Excellent overview of the Measure B issue, but one important factor has been left out: It's NOT just about condoms. Here's what Measure B says about revoking the new "public health permit" that all adult producers will be required to have: "Whenever the department determines that a permittee has failed to comply with the requirements of this chapter, any other violation of law creating a risk of exposing performers to sexually transmitted infections, including any violation of... California Code of Regulations Title 8 Section 5193..." that permit may be revoked.

    Here's what CCR Title 8 Section 5193 requires in the way of "barrier protections" during sex: "appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks and eye protection... Personal protective equipment will be considered 'appropriate' only if it does not permit blood or OPIM to pass through to or reach the employee's work clothes, street clothes, undergarments, skin, eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes..."

    So please, don't be fooled by the fact that the brief summary of Measure B that's usually printed in articles is nowhere near the whole story.

  • Coach Panto||

    Top Five Porn Films of 2013:

    1. Dr. Strangeglove
    2. She Goes Gown
    3. Labcoat Larry Gets Lucky
    4. Face Shield Bukkakepalooza
    5. Who Was that Masked Pervert?

  • BoscoH||

    Antonia Villa-guh-rosa! Aw hell yeah.

  • dinkster||

    I like how the moral busy body is creepier looking than the porn producer. I wouldn't leave my kids with him.

  • ||

    So true.

  • Robert||

    Most interesting to me was learning that Calif., N.H., and not other states have laws exampting porn prod'n from being considered prostitution. Is it legally treated as such in other states, or is it just that those 2 are the only ones with an explicit, statutory exemption?

  • egnilk66||

    I'm sure that Orange County could use the taxes.... All LA is doing is forcing that industry into another area. Not that the LA gov can tell where a video was filmed.

  • BMFPitt||

    If I didn't know LA was that stupid on their own, I'd swear this measure was being pushed by people in Vegas who want production to move there.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    What Orange County could use is a plague specific to 'business asa usual' politicians. In the absence of one, raising revenue isn't going to help.

  • Drunk Jamie||

    Thank God for globalism. Swedish, Brazilian and German porn are much more erotic than the cum-sluts of America are involved in. Plus, who the fuck PAYS for porn anymore? Since YouPorn, I've shot several gallons of cum in my own face without dropping a dime.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Way. Too. Much. Info.

  • Coach Panto||

    What, no mention of Iranian porn? My top 5:
    1. Betty Burka Does Tehran
    2. Fatwa Fatty Farm
    3. Achnimenajerk Circle
    4. 72 Virgins for Brother Achmed
    5. Ayatollah You To Suck It!

  • rickl7069||

    "We do more to protect a dog than a human being"?
    Might that be because a dog can NOT make it's own decisions or protect itself in any way, kind of the same reason kids are heavier protected?

  • Frank_Carbonni||

    Don't worry, if the powers that be have their way, we will all be afforded the same level of "protection" (in the same sense that the mafia provides) as the children.

  • Agammamon||

    "Self-regulation has failed int he porn industry"

    It must be really fustrating for these guys when people just don't voluntarily do what they're told. To paraphrase Mr. Blonde "if they just did what I told them to do, then I wouldn't have had to do that thing I did."

  • Coach Panto||

    Self-regulation! That'll make you go blind!!!

  • ||

    "This isn't the government's place," counters Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment, one of the country's leading http://tinyurl.com/945zhvp producers of X-rated fare. "In a time when we have huge budget deficits, [county officials] are going to take their time and energy to figure out how to police an industry that does a fine job of policing itself

  • Todaluney||

    Mr. Weinstein is a Homo-fascist of the worst order. At 2:02 of the video, he shows his hand..."The Gay Industry has been overwhelmingly condom..." so his attention is specifically targetted at the Hetero Industry and an attempt to shut it down I guess he has never heard of barebacking (condomless anal intercourse) which is making a big comeback in the gay porn industry due to a variety of reasons. But it is there.
    If there are any companies in LA County making gay movies, it would be interesting to hear what they have to say.
    Otherwise this is just another example of a lefty being in a position of shoving their agenda down everyone's throat.
    And the big irony is that Jerry Falwell, wherever he may be, is likely thinking..."why didn't I think of that?!?!"

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