California seems intent on making porn as clinical as possible. After Los Angeles passed a measure requiring porn stars to use condoms, the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has outlined a new set of proposals that would require actors to wear goggles during filming. That's right, goggles. The board wants porn stars to look like Bill Nye in the lab.
Predictably, porn stars and producers joined forces with disease specialists and public health experts to voice their opposition to a law that would require them to strap on protective eyewear while fucking. "These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set—or even a Hollywood film set," said Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition. "We’ve come to San Diego with ways to amend the regulations, with input from both performers and public health officials, in ways that protect adult film performers without stigmatizing and shutting down an entire industry."
Officials have until next March to determine the new regulations, which leaves plenty of time for the porn industry and general public to mock the goggle proposal. It's unlikely we'd ever be forced to watch goggle porn, as the industry has already flocked from L.A. as a result of the condom regulations already put in place. Critics say the number of films made in L.A. dropped from 500 to 40 in the year after Measure B went into effect.