PVV – Policing the Porn Business, or Kayden Kross was on FOX re the new LA City condom law

Digital Playground contract performer and “former adult film actress” (what did I miss??? that’s what they call her though…) Kayden Kross was on the FOX News/Fox Business program “Stossel on February 16, 2012.

Kayden spoke with host John Stossel and former prosecutor Wendy Murphy about Los Angeles’ recent adoption of a law mandating the use of condoms on porn shoots as a stipulation of being issued filming permits.

You can watch the exchange below (originally posted here).

BUT BEFORE YOU DO, here is a breakdown of some details and facts you may want to have in your head:

1. none of the politicians who supported LA City’s mandatory condom law would appear on the program.

(people involved in making the law now refuse to be involved in discussing the law? innnteresting… for some perspectives on the aforementioned law as of 1/25/12, go here)

2. gonzo is a production style – it’s a film form and a way of shooting content, not a genre in of itself. Consequently, you can have a gonzo gangbang, girl-girl gonzo, pretty gonzo, raunchy gonzo, and gonzo at your house during a holiday dinner when your dad walks around with a camcorder asking everyone to say something into the camera… because that’s what’s gonzo is – a production style that involves a “talking camera” wherein the camera person interacts with those in front.

How many time do I have to say this?!! Maybe if someone published it in an academic paper about this people would listen? Oh wait, I already did – see footnote #2 on page 642 in “From ‘The Devil in Miss Jones’ to ‘DMJ6’ – Power, Inequality, and Consistency in the Content of US Adult Films” (Sexualities 2010).

3. rigorous research about men’s porn consumption patterns (like Wendy alludes to in this bit) does not exist; consequently, the “conclusions” she offers are invented, imagined, anecdotal, and/or heresy.

4. Though both are certainly serious health issues, HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. Being HIV+ is not the same as having AIDS.

Ok, are you ready…

Here are some of my thoughts re this here match up:

1. Why the hell is Kayden paired with/debating a former prosecutor? Is this because she’s (supposedly?) a “former adult film actress,” thus they both have “former” in common? It’s not that Kayden can’t hold her own, because she surely can. It’s that this match up looks woefully imbalanced from an outsider’s perspective. Kayden is a super strong badass, but did the folks at FOX know that? It’s almost like they were trying to pull something…

(another example of an apparently imbalanced match up: Cambridge University’s “Porn Debate” in 2011 – an incredible upset here and also, somewhat, here)

2. How dare Wendy ask anyone, be it Kayden or the members of the audience, where their parents are? Such a condescending, superior attitude!! And “the dumbest argument [you’ve] ever heard,” Wendy? I think conflating HIV and AIDS and not knowing anything about the facts and figures and business you are talking about is pretty dumb myself… #justsayin’

3. Asbestos has been shown time and again to be harmful and directly linked to death after prolonged, repeated exposure. There is nothing – nothing – linking porn performance to death.

4. “The purpose of government is to protect human beings”?? “From serious health risks”??!!

5. There is a significant adult community present in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. I would argue that fracturing that community and removing any semblance of a support system or shared knowledge from experienced peers would extremely detrimental to the health and safety of performers.

6. What about men performers? Why do we never hear about them? And what about men porn viewers? Why are all of them – all of them – supposedly these sick violent fuckers who want to see women tortured?!! They’re not based simply on the fact that nothing is ever entirely anything. Why is it ok to spout such problematic and completely unfounded rhetoric all over the news?

I had to take a walk around the block after watching this… but Kayden did great – good job, girl!!

(pictured: Kayden at this year’s AEE, from an AVN gallery here)

Boxing Kayden starred in Digital Playground’s Fighters, which was seriously one of my favorite films from 2011 – review here.

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