Porn Industry May Have to Strap on Some Goggles

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Worried about being hit and infected by another human being’s bodily fluids?

California porn stars need not fret, for lawmakers wish to update AB 640, a bill that will make adult performers strap on protected eyewear during the filming of their sex scenes. Like Measure B before it, AB 640 requires condoms and other sexual barriers to be used in adult films, but while Measure B enforces Los Angeles County to abide by condom usage, AB 640 is state-wide. The bill also requires that employers “pay the costs of required medical monitoring, such as STD testing, and keep confidential employee records.”

According to Salon, AB 640 “would not only require condoms during intercourse but also prohibit ejaculation onto the genitals, mouth or eyes, and instruct employers to provide performers with protective eye wear to avoid ocular contact with semen.”

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The draft comes from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles) a Los Angeles California assembly member, introduced AB 640, where it  is currently awaiting review in the Senate.

According to fair4ca.org, the bill’s website, “AB 640 will require condom or other sexual barrier use in all adult films produced in California.  This measure, consistent with Los Angeles County’s recent voter approved Measure B (requiring condom use in adult films produced within the county), will provide state-wide uniformity needed to ensure that the thousands of actors employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are given reasonable workplace safety protections needed to reduce exposure to HIV and other communicable diseases.”

The intent of AB 640 is to insure “safety protections needed to reduce exposure to HIV and other communicable diseases.” The bill states that “Actors are entitled to HEALTH, SAFEY, and PROTECTION. Adult film actors deserve respect and fairness, here in California.”

Rarely, though, in pornography is Measure B ever practiced or enforced. Peter Acworth, the owner of fetish site Kink.com, told Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon that the draft regulations “basically criminalize the production of porn” in California. Acworth is considering selling the Armory, an infamous San Francisco porn palace/club/cocktail lounge if AB 640 passes, and that he’ll “have to invest in a warehouse in Nevada or Europe” for production where laws aren’t as tight.

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