Prompted by an influx of adult film productions in unincorporated areas, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency ordinance on Tuesday that they hope will keep the industry away from the county.
Effective immediately, the law, which mirrors Los Angeles County’s voter-adopted Measure B, mandates the use of condoms or dental dams in every instance of sexual penetration and oral sex during the production of pornographic movies. All film locations must post a sign stating this requirement.
Though the language of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Ordinance says its goal is to protect adult actors from HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, Supervisor Linda Parks said the new law was also intended to curb the increase in the production of such films in Ventura County since Measure B was adopted in November.
So, why am I reporting this old news? Because X-Art’s owners, Colette and Brigham Field bought a mansion in this county in June 2013, and, as Colette admitted on Twitter yesterday, they shoot pornography right there (and to the best of my knowledge, they never used condoms in their movies):
(The tweet was later deleted.)
Now, I want to make it clear: I don’t necessarily lean to either side of the debate here. I understand the controversy and I’m somewhat sympathetic to each side’s arguments: individual freedoms versus public health and community values. While generally I don’t care what consenting adults do on their private property, I do have certain reservations. For instance, I advocate for increasing minimum age of modeling in hardcore pornography to 21. Adult director Axel Braun explained why. But my views here are beyond the point. X-Art is an enemy of the society, and this pornography purveyor uses outdated, heavily lopsided copyright laws to bring misery to thousands of families, therefore it is only fair if the law will eventually be used as a defensive weapon. And we saw some promising precedents recently:
[Attorney Morgan Pietz:] “The recent phenomenon of adult content owners using their copyrights as swords, rather than shields, in industrial-scale, end-user litigation, would seem to invite this kind of scrutiny.”
If you stick your head out and spit on others, expect others to watch your every move relentlessly and call out your law-breaking, no matter how minor it is.