What about the benefits condoms in porn may impart upon the audience?
- If people are using pornography as sex education, they have huge problems. Porn is not sex ed, nor should it be.
Agreed. This doesn't mean it cannot promote good habits such as condom use, though.
Quote:The example porn sets by existing is that "condom use all the time" is not a cure-all for STI infection, nor is it even reliable itself. Condoms help protect against HIV (not 100%, even with perfect use), yes, but not HPV, HSV, nor some of the bacterial infections. Making the porn industry switch from a system with an extremely high efficacy to a system with less efficacy, so that people watching porn and using it as sex ed (idiots, in other words), start using a system with less efficacy...this seems to you like a good thing?
They can do both.
Quote:Requiring condom use in all intercourse scenes isn't good sex ed either. It doesn't, for example, require condom use for oral sex on a male (required to prevent the transmission of gonorrhea, HSV, HPV, etc.), dental dams for a female (required to prevent transmission of trich, HSV, gonorrhea, HPV, etc.), getting a new condom to go from vaginal to anal or vice-versa, getting a new condom when going from one woman to another in a 2f1m scene...
Sounds like a problem with the law. So change it to require those things.
Quote:The example porn sets, with frequent testing, inspection, halting sexual activity if there's a positive, etc., is one of risk-awareness, informed consent, and critical thinking. That's already the best possible example to set for people about STI risks, because that's the best approach, as evidence clearly bears out.
Again, you can do all that and still require condom use.
People don't know about the stuff that goes on behind the scenes in porn? Not porn's problem! People don't know about all the safety precautions that go into movie fight scenes and stunts, either. It's not real. It's a movie. If one can legally access porn, one should be able to tell the difference between fantasy and goddamn reality. Adjusting laws to require porn industry participants to follow unnecessary (in light of their existing safety protocols) procedures isn't going to protect cletus and slackjaw from using a Snickers wrapper as a condom.
It's not a fantasy, people are sticking their genitals in each other. Having sex. For real. And it is
in the porn industry's interest to educate people on the safety measures taken.
Like I said: porn's safety record on STIs is ridiculously better than the general population. We should mandate educating everyone in the methods they use to ensure their health and safety, not making an already safe industry change their methods.
Good for them. And who said anything about making them change their methods? They can easily take the voluntary precautions they already take (which should probably be mandatory anyway) and use condoms for the safety of the actors and the benefit of the viewers.