Where's the Line?
I know that there are some legislative measures coming up that would make the porn industry regulate their product by forcing the participants to wear condoms. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out.
I'm a Constitutional Conservative. I believe in fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and limited government. I believe, much like the founders, that government at it best is a necessary evil, and at its worst is pure evil. I believe that we are all accountable to God and should exercise personal responsibility. That being said, we still need laws to draw the line in certain cases in order to protect us, but I don't believe that the government should infringe upon our freedoms.
Many of you know me. You know that I used to be a porn addict. I hate porn and the industry with all that I have in me. I wish the industry were dead. However, I think that censorship and forced mandates are a form of tyranny. The first amendment gives us the freedom of expression, and if someone wants to express themselves by having unprotected sex on camera, I think they have that right. I completely disagree with them, and their moral compass, but I believe that our freedoms shouldn't be infringed upon by the Federal Government. The infringement that would force porn actors to wear condoms is the same infringment that would tell people like Shelley that she can't talk about her past. The Freedom of expression and the Freedom of Speech are both outlined as rights that the government cannot infringe upon according to the 1st Amendment.
I think this borders the same boundaries as the current healthcare bill. Eventually, when the government completely takes over the industry, the government is going to start forcing ordinary people to do things like wearing condoms and getting tested. And while I don't disagree with those ideas in principle, I don't believe it's the governments job to force people to do things like that. Where do you draw the line?
I do think there should be some state regulations that are put in place that don't infringe about the rights expressed by the 1st Amendment, though. I think it would be a good idea for porn actors and actresses to be 21 before being legally allowed to participate in porn. I also think that porn viewers should be 21 as well. However, these rules should be implemented by the individual states as opposed to being forced down by the feds.
What do you think? Again, I completely disagree with the industry and wished it didn't exist, but as a constitutionalist, I think it's dangerous to silence or censor people like that. America is all about freedom. If you choose to be in a porn movie and you get an STD, that's YOUR fault. I don't want to sound insensitive, but that's the truth of the matter. My heart broke when I read about Lara Roxx and how she got HIV right after her first scene. That's a tragedy. But, she made the choice to move here with the sole intention of making porn movies. I'm not saying she got what she deserved. I'm not saying that at all. But the consequences she has to deal with are the direct result of her decisions. When you make a mistake, you don't get to choose the consequences. Again, it's called personal responsibility, and it's not the government's job to regulate things like this. It's a slippery slope.