‘Gateway to mandate’

Porn star fighting proposed California law requiring condom use on set

Adult film actress Tasha Reign attends the 2016 Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

These days, adult film star Tasha Reign is spending her days not on set, but on the campaign trail, trying to convince Californians to vote against Proposition 60. The measure, which will be on the ballot in the state on November 8 requires adult entertainers to wear condoms while filming their sex scenes — and that does not sit well with the 27-year-old porn star. “I do acts where I literally could not use condoms, whether that be anal, whether that be double penetration, whether that be multiple guys,” Reign said. “I cannot even imagine having a group sex scene like that.” Besides the logistical concerns, she also sees the measure as an attack on her artistic freedom, and even her human and Constitutional rights. “The bigger issue for me is that it opens up the gateway to mandate my body. I hate the idea that some man is going to tell me what I can and can’t do.” Reign, who practices so-called gonzo porn and calls her dedicated fan-base her “Reigndeers,” has been taking her campaign to college campuses, trying to convince them that her industry can do without this kind of regulation, explaining it as a women’s right and freedom of speech issue. One major backer of the measure is Michael Weinstein, president of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, although there is little support for the idea elsewhere. Several health organizations, as well as all of California’s major political parties and newspapers have come out against it, with The Los Angeles Times pointing out in an editorial that  “any resident who spots a violation in a pornographic film shot in the state could sue and collect cash from the producers and purveyors if they prevail in court.” Reign, who has a UCLA degree in women’s studies and supports Hillary Clinton’s candidacy claims Weinstein has no right to tell her and other sex workers what to do. “I want to be able to say: I’m a sex worker. I have a choice in the way that I protect my genitals. This is a huge issue for me,” she said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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