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On SexIs today, Roland Hulme wrote an article called "The Devil's Advocate: Porn Vs. Condoms—Should the Porn Industry Require Protection?"
In it he says, "Should porn performers use condoms? Surely the answer’s obvious."
What do you think?
Porn is about fantasies, which is good. What's not so good is that many people think of porn as instructional, or somehow realistic. Even when we know that what's happening in the video isn't what really happens in life, it's sometimes hard to remember when we're watching people doing it. So, even though porn isn't made for educational purposes, if viewers think of it that way, then it would be wonderful if pornographers and porn stars took that very, very seriously.
I think that performers should always use condoms. No responsible person risks spreading STIs of any kind, period. They should also use them because condom use should be normative. It should be something that absolutely everyone does, absolutely every time that they're with someone unless they're in 100% committed relationships. In porn, I think they should err on the side of "too safe" rather than "not safe at all."
There are ways to make condom use sexy and we should see a *lot* of that in porn. Then it would be easier for many people to find ways to use condoms in sexy, erotic and safe ways in real life.