Should Gay Porn Promote Safe Sex?

If you look in the comment section of any raw porn video ever posted anywhere one of the first comments you'll see is : "Where is the condom?"  Condom usage in porn has been a heavily debated topic since HIV first arrived.  There are those who say porn provides a fantasy and most fantasies don't include condom usage, while others say that life imitates art and when high rates of infection still occuring safe sex should always be shown.

Both sides have compelling arguments.  Most schools that have sex education programs make no mention of anal sex, or same sex sexual relationships, so for many porn is their gay sex education.   I don't know about most of you but when I think fucking somoene and what I would do to them, condoms don't pop into my head.  I've never had phone sex with anyone that included "then I slip on the condom" An article from Queerty.com titled "If You Say You Care About Safe Sex In Gay Porn You're Probably A Hypocrite" covered this topic in depth:

The strongest argument for condoms in porn goes something like this: Because there’s a lack of gay sex portrayed in mainstream media, a lot of gay guys end up learning about sex through porn. As such, condoms in porn are instructive.

They teach you that condoms are a safe-sex precaution so basic and necessary that even professionals in the business of sexual fantasy use them. Furthermore, not every queer person has the same access to safe-sex education or medical attention. And because we’re a smaller, politically-oppressed community vilified for “causing” AIDS, we owe it to ourselves to model healthy sexual behaviors that will reduce the outbreak, even in our porn.

 Same-sex sex, your biology teacher probably forgot to tell you, doesn’t generate children. This makes it recreational rather than procreational. And as such, gay guys use condoms mostly to avoid contracting and transmitting HIV. Read that again: If it weren’t for HIV, almost no gay men would use condoms. (Herpes and Hepatitis are just not as scary.)

When it comes to sex, bareback is an ideal—it’s the sort of sex we all want to be having because it represents carefree, unguarded vulnerability and spontaneity, a 1970s Eden of sorts where intimacy and pleasure lay in self-contended fulfillment without shame, death, and anxiety hovering over every sexual encounter. As such, barebacking signifies more than just acquiescence to the fact that “it feels better without condoms”—the desire not to use condoms is so strong that it even figures into our fantasies. My proof? How many of you masturbators imagine your dream man putting on a condom before you get it on? I’m betting zero. Porn’s a fantasy and bareback porn caters to the powerful and very real desire to have sex without fear.

But here’s the disconnect: sexual precaution and fantasy contradict one another. Safe-sex porn says that on the one hand you should cut loose and fuck however you want, but on the other hand you shouldn’t dare do it without treating your partner like he has a lethal disease.  But the porn industry certainly isn’t consistent in its safe-sex crusade either.

For one, porn studios never use condoms during blowjob scenes. The last time I checked, the CDC still considered oral sex a mid-risk activity for contracting HIV, let alone cauliflower-lookin’ growths. Every so often a guy will pull out and shoot “a cream pie” right on his bottom’s butthole—certainly not so safe.

But even more noteworthy is that advocates of safe-sex porn don’t seem much interested in preventing any STIs other than HIV. There’s mollescum, HPV, herpes, and genital warts, all of which can get passed on by simple skin-on-skin contact. And what about other nasty STDs like chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis, and gonorrhea? You can get gonorrhea from a blowjob and hepatitis by eating a dirty butthole. Syphilis can kill you if left unchecked, and so can HPV if a bisexual guy passes it on to a woman whom develops cervical cancer. But when it comes to STIs, porn studios mirror the attitude that I and a lot of other gay guys share: if it can be cured or treated then who really cares?

So what do you think?  Should Gay Porn Companies Promote Safe Sex?

 

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