Tasha Tells All...On LA County's Measure B Condom Law

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Every Monday, adult superstart/OC girl Tasha Reign gives us her thought on life, sex, politics, and everything else in-between. For her inaugural column, Tasha weighs in on Measure B, an LA County initiative that passed in 2012 and now makes condom use mandatory on porn shoots. Enjoy!

The Wrap on Wrapping it Up
By Tasha Reign


The adult business is effectively a minority group: we are constantly under society's microscope, having nearly everyone judge us and our profession solely on the fact we have sex on camera for a living. Because of such scrutiny, this leads to the industry taking care of itself: being vigilant about self-regulation, creating and enforcing our own policies and rules for the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Not only is it good business, it's ultimately what's most conducive to a good workplace.

It only makes sense, then, that leaders of pornography should be the voices of pornography, like people in "mainstream" industries with the element of danger are the voices of what they do. The NFL, UFC, stunt men, racecar drivers--all remain largely untouched by the electorate or government regulation. But those industries better be enjoying their freedom, because my profession just got handcuffs put on us--and I guarantee you it won't be the last profession to get regulated in a way that'll fundamentally change it.

Measure B passed this past fall in Los Angeles County with a 57% majority vote in Los Angeles County. The measure requires all porn actors to wear condoms during all vaginal, oral and anal sex scenes filmed in Los Angeles. Opponents of Measure B claim it's a waste of taxpayers money and will drive the porn industry out of the state or even the country. But the funders of Measure B had millions of dollars to sway and encourage voters that pornographic actors wanted the government to come in and regulate their sexual interactions with other performers on film sets.

Why target us? We're not financially protected. We're an easy target for all the special-interest groups--condom companies, health officials, moral police, overzealous politicians and run-of-the-mill prudes--who have a fundamental problem with what we do and will stop at nothing to mess with it.

What we do is a performance. This is entertainment: there is a risk calculus involved. Sorry to break it to everyone, but the sex we have to turn you on is not like the sex you have in your personal life. Our performance is methodical, calculated, careful and because of that, the statistical chances of a performer contracting HIV is much lower than that of any other sexually active person outside of the business. We know what we do, and anal sex, double penetration, gangbangs, blowjobs and all the other tools of our trade that you can imagine--they just don't allow for continual condom use.

Want to know a dirty secret that Measure B proponents, who say what they did was in the interest of us supposedly helpless performers, never brought up? After hours of sex with no brakes, attempting to endure the friction of the condom in your vagina or anus is...impossible. And to do this daily amounts to an occupational work hazard. Of course, due to the lack of respect towards the adult business and blatant disregard from society regarding the sexual comfort or even opinions of female performers, none of this mattered. No one asked us.

Even more disturbing is what will happen to self-instituted industry codes we have followed for years. Now, anyone can apply for a porno permit, have sex with condoms, and call themselves a production. They won't have to follow our strictly enforced regiment of testing. How will you know if the performer you're working has chlamydia, gonorrhea or HIV? You wont, because in condoms L.A. voters trust. A thin piece of rubber that can easily tear is supposed to protect the performer against everything, if used in the exact proper and specific way designated by Los Angeles County bureaucrats who only want to be there to see a condom used but not to track performers or their health. And companies whom we long ostracized for not following industry rules can now simply move shop and go to where there is no regulation, industry- or government-imposed, whatsoever.

Obviously, I have a vested interest in pornography. I don't like using condoms in my scenes, but if actors and companies want to use condoms regularly in their scenes, good for them. See, I believe in the right to choose, in that whole freedom of speech thing, and that sex--be it in my personal life or my work life--is my choice and my body. I think that UFC fighters should wear helmets to protect themselves--but I would never vote for that.

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16 comments
woogymodel
woogymodel

I get the whole (hole) picture, and she's right, who wants to use condoms? But while Miss Reign defends her decision to not use condoms, in order to avoid friction burns, she should also divulge how many STDs she has contracted on the job, assuming that porn stars are willing to be honest about reality. If she says that she never got an STD at work, then we know she's lying. And having a legitimate debate with a liar is a waste of time. Besides leaving the 's' off of thoughts, the word 'brakes' should have been spelled 'breaks'. 

cjkeeler
cjkeeler

This is very much like a freshman college essay, where it would earn a C because the author didn't even do enough research to get the facts right. The UFC and NFL are highly regulated already. A football player doesn't decide if he wants to wear a helmet. Also, race car is two words, the girl needs to learn to use colons and commas correctly, and I would be amazed that this was published if I didn't already know what the entire OC community keeps telling me, that the OC Weekly has gone down hill. It doesn't seem to have any editors at all. For example, the introductory note at the top even has errors in it. What's a Superstart? And isn't it "thoughts," or does she only have one thought? I'm also a bit shocked that a porn actor wouldn't want condoms around to protect them from the extremely unsafe sex they engage in on a regular basis. I mean, what the fuck? Wear a fucking condom! Are you a moron? But that's another issue.

Bucky1998
Bucky1998

Thank you for the article Tasha, you are as articulate as you are beautiful.

Unfortunately, Measure B is just a symptom of a much larger problem.  

Many areas of our society are disturbingly authoritarian, and the voting public seems less concerned about freedom issues and more interested in the “free” stuff politicians promise them. Government grows at an alarming rate regardless of which party is in power. 

Try starting a business or building something in the country (especially in California) and you’ll quickly learn the high cost of our supposed freedoms—it’s really expensive, as you pay the taxes, conform to the endless regulations, and beg for the approval of multiple legislative bodies and bureaucracies.

The fight goes on, stay strong.  

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Um, when can I have a job? I've got rejection notices in emails where the employers decided to 'pursue other candidates' without even interviewing me thereby wasting my time in filling out the application/s in the first place.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Congrats, Klavito, on finally finding a way to get hot white girls to talk to you. 

Marv_Montag
Marv_Montag

Excellent article giving an insider's view of legislation being forced upon a vulnerable industry almost exclusively by outsiders.  The adult industry is one that, as Ms. Reign mentions, is an easy target.  Since its inception, it has been the subject of attack after attack, all cloaked in a variety of guises...some obvious, some not so obvious.  This, to me, is yet another of such attacks.  It simply seems to be a further end-run around the freedom of expression and personal choice that we, as Americans, should hold dear.  It's honestly sad to watch personal freedom being regulated out of existence these days by the fatherly "for your own good" types, be it this issue or how big your soft drink can be in New York City.  Kudos to Tasha for standing up and speaking out with her voice.  More people need to. 

John_Spamos
John_Spamos

Good column, Tasha. Now, I am not a Measure B supporter, but I do have a problem with one logical point you make: Why would the usage of condoms prevent the porn industry from continuing to self-regulate and test thoroughly for diseases? If they are not forced by law to do so today, and production companies who do not take part in the testing regimen are quickly weeded out of the industry, why would non-testing companies suddenly thrive because of Measure B? Everybody involved knows that using condoms does not reduce the need for testing... If anything, it increases it!

jasontree6
jasontree6

Did this girl just write that stuntment, race car drivers, NFL and UFC are 'largely untouched by the electorate or  government regulation?'  How does such ignorance get past the editors of the OC Weekly?  The OC Weekly must be pretty hard up for readers, resorting to the lowest common denominator possible, a pornstar talking about politics.

Does this girl even know that to be a UFC fighter you must pass a physical, much more stringent than anything in the porn industry, before the state grants you a licelnse to fight? Obviously not. How's that for regulation Tasha? And MMA fighiting is still banned in several states, did you know that Tasha?  And what is this talk about all this self regulating porn industry.   Performers are tested every 30 days for gonnoreah, chlamydia, and HIV, and they pay for it themselves.   Then their names get sent to the FSC and they get put on a list that says "available for work."   That is it, NOTHING more, no treatment, no education, NOTHING.   Get tested today, over the next two weeks have unprotected sex with a dozen people, each of whom have had unprotected sex with a dozen people, and the indutry still says you're good to go for another 15 days.  Are you really that ignorant Tasha?

nickeast2
nickeast2

Oh you poor thing, Tasha!!!! I hope you don't catch the untreatable gonorrhea on it's way to our shores as we speak. Here are just a few of the things the adult entertainment industry DOES NOT test for... Herpes, Hepatitis,  HPV, and no actual doctors examination has ever been required. Anyone who says the industry does a fine job of regulating itself need look no further than mr. marcus to see that the industry's self regulation IS A JOKE! How do I know this? I started acting in adult in 1991. Quit in 2008 when disease became soooo rampant that I decided my fertility was more important than any damned job.

bdsrx8
bdsrx8

I am also barry153, so I agree with myself! Great job, Tasha!

bdsrx8
bdsrx8

Tasha personifies the professionalism that this industry operates under day in and day out. Measure B was nothing but a bunch of "do gooders" sticking their noses where the don't belong.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Um,  it's a FREE magazine on the street stands but it might not be much longer?

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