Tuesday, December 8, 2009

California Anti-Porn Cabal Gathers to Plot Counter-Attack

After receiving a well-deserved ass-kicking from Alameda Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith for their ill-starred attempt to bully AIM into giving up its confidential client records by subpoena, Cal-OSHA's anti-porn warriors gathered with their small but noisy claque of supporters, including such drearily usual suspects from AHF and L.A. County Health in semi-seclusion at UCLA on Friday to strategize their next moves in the ongoing attempt to regulate the porn industry out of existence in this state. Though they denied admission to anyone from AIM, FSC, industry journalists and/or any actively working performers, they did duck their heads out long enough to fire off a few shots at those who they see as obstructing their noble mission to save us from ourselves.

I'll have something to say about this ... you can bet on it ... but first please give a read to Mark Kearnes excellent account from AVN Onlline:

http://business.avn.com/articles/36918.html

Love that part about "raising money to keep performers unsafe." Nice try, but until all of you crusaders can explain what you were doing to help during the past ten years when we were, in fact, keeping performers safe, maybe you should STFU.

While farm workers in The Central Valley continue to die in the fields of pesticide exposure and Los Angeles struggles to come up with the funds neeeded to re-open its largest public hospital, and prove itself competent to the federal courts to do so, these self-appointed monitors of civic morality persist in wasting the taxpayers' money and endangering existing safeguards that have protected performers far more effectively than workers in numerous other industries their agencies supervise in pursuit of an increasingly transparent personal vendetta.

Clearly, the lives and health of porn performers mean far less to these people than demonstrating the ability to impose their will on anyone who dares oppose them. Noble posturing aside, this is about the exercise of raw political power toward personal objectives. It's despicable in its entirety and it will ultimately fail, though at what cost to the welfare of performers and the rights of this community remains to be seen.

When government officials meet in secret to decide the fate of others, the results rarely serve the common good.

7 comments:

  1. So these people are still pointedly excluding AIM, Nina, and other performers? This reminds me about how when Sweden drafted its infamous prostitution law, the pointedly excluded sex worker orgs.

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  2. Interestingly, for all the noise these characters have made in the MSM, they have yet to attract a single active performer to their cause.

    The night this meeting was held, Belladonna and Kimberly Kane hosted a fund-raiser for AIM (clearly the event referenced disdainfully in the press conference) and it was packed to the rafters with with performers, fromt the biggest names in the industry to newbies just having done their first few scenes.

    It's pretty obvious where the performer community stands in this situation, but then again, we've been told by those who know better that they don't need to be heard. After all, it's only their lives that are at stake.

    The analogy to how things were handled in Sweden seems pretty much on the mark. Let's hope the outcome is different over here.

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  3. Correction: The AIM benefit was held the night after the meeting at UCLA and not the same day.

    A minor error perhaps, but when I was in journalism school, I was taught that accuracy is truth writ small and that if you can't trust people to get the minor details right, it's hardly reasonable to trusth them on the bigger issues.

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  4. Uh-oh...did the above doofus artist get through because his scam is called "Aim"-Trust?

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  5. Looks to me like we're being spammed more than usual.

    Funny coincidence that.

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  6. In a totally unrelated story, it looks like the escort and porn star angle is coming out in the Tiger Woods story: link

    Anybody venture to guess on how long it will take for somebody like Melissa Farley to come out of the woodwork and declare them helpless victims?

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  7. And in a full-circle maneuver, Adam&Eve, for whom Nina and I work and of whom, frankly, I would have expected better, has already announced an upcoming producton of a XXX feature to be titled "Tiger's Wood."

    Frankly, this is the kind of story I hate. I think it has no news value at all, does not affect the general population in any way, appeals to the absolute worst in the public's morbid curiousity and has nothing to do with Woods' ability to play golf, which is what he does for a living.

    Anyone who can remember as far back as Dave Meggyesy's Out of Their League (and I'm old enough to have known the author personally) is well aware that professional athletes are not now and never were boy scouts. Ultimately, just like any other professional entertainer, the only role modeling they can reasonably expected to provide is in the practice of their particular abilities.

    I'm going to try to stear this thread back O/T in my next post. There are more serious matters that confront us than celebrity gossip, which I consider a much lower and more vulgar popular diversion than porn.

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