It's sad to see amoral people attempt to use regulation as a substitute for morality.
After almost a year of urging the adult-film industry to require actors to wear condoms during sex scenes, state and county officials say the recent HIV (news - web sites) infection of two porn stars has given them the leverage they need to force change. ...Well, duh.
Although a few California adult-film producers have voluntarily switched to condom-only productions, the majority of producers and distributors have balked at doing so. It is conventional wisdom within the multibillion-dollar industry — which employs more than 6,000 people in California, including about 1,200 performers — that using a condom doesn't pay.
Look, we're supposed to be a free country, and that should mean that people have the right to do stupid, crazy, dangerous things without government intervention. The problem is that people want the benefits of morality without actually having to behave morally -- thus, ridiculous over-regulation.
People who behave in even a moderately chaste manner are incredibly unlikely to contract HIV, AIDS, or any other type of sexually transmitted disease. People who behave in a promiscuous manner, on the other hand, are at high risk. Regulation and bureaucracy can't change the laws of physics, chemistry, and biology, all they can do is burden everyone's freedom and push dangerous activities underground (or out of the state).
David Joseph, president of Red Light District, a Chatsworth-based production company that specializes in hard-core, "gonzo" films that do not use condoms, was one of several representatives of production companies who said that if the state required condom use by sex actors, they would leave California. Other industry insiders predicted that filming would move underground.Again, duh. People who don't want to be moral can't be regulated into even a semblance of morality. They know the risks, and they want to take them.
Many of the problems with our government arise from well-meaning people who reject the quaint notion of morality. They just can't encourage people to behave morally, so they chip, chip, chip away at the tiny freedoms that make immorality dangerous. They want to prove that the benefits of goodness can be separated from actual goodness. But they're wrong, and the result of their belief is the ridiculous, contradictory mess we've got now.