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Has this gay porn studio found a way to end the bareback debate?

  • Brian

    Surely the point of seeing porn stars using condoms is, not only protecting the artists, but to promote their use amongst the gay community.

    • Erica Cook

      Porn as PSA? Its fantasy.

      • JasonBrown4UK

        Yes it is fantasy. But it still doesn’t stop young naive guys from watching thinking, that those healthy looking model don’t look sick and they’re barebacking, so, so can I.

  • Gus Subero

    Falcon Studios have sadly sold their soul to the devil. The whole point of protected sex in porn is not only to look after for the sexual health of the actors but also, and more importantly, to promote among the gay population the notion that protected sex is necessary and can be hot so guys feel more compelled to use condoms when having sex. By digitally removing the condom from their films, the studio is endorsing unprotected sex among its viewers and they are sending the wrong message. Shame on Falcon and Chi Chi LaRue who for so long campaigned for protected sex in porn. It’s sad to see them sell their souls to the bareback market when the rise on STDs and newly diagnosed HIV cases is so blatantly on the rise.

  • mlpjlk01

    I don’t see the point as there is a lot of bareback porn out there already.

    • Gerry

      Yeah, right. Two wrongs make a right.

      • androphiles

        Bareback is one wrong. What’s the other? It’s not, as you apparently hope, obvious.

  • Rehan

    One of the most depressing aspects of present-day porn is the apparently complete rejection of safe sex as something desirable. Sad to see Falcon Studios giving way in this though, looking on the bright side, at least it’s only on the level of the finished product and not what they’re forcing their actors to do.

  • Binglg

    I do not believe rise of STD’s and newly diagnosed HIV cases are a consequence of bareback porn industry. People can usually distinguish between a fantasy and a real life. Don’t moralize and exaggerate.

    • Rehan

      People can usually distinguish between a fantasy and a real life

      Really? You’re more optimistic than I am. I believe there is considerable research that indicates the sexuality of heterosexual teenagers has been altered considerably by access to online porn.

      • Binglg

        I am not saying that the images we see all around us don’t matter. I’m just saying
        that we should not make causall connections too quickly. Like we usually
        do not go around killing people just because we like to watch action/horror
        movies or play Call of Duty etc.
        It might even be the other way around: because I jerk off to bareback porn, I don’t need to have bareback sex because my wish is fulfilled in my fantasy. But that is also too simple and naive.

        My point is: our sexual behaviour is just too complex to simply say that HIV/STD crisis is a consequence of one simple cause/factor.

        • Colin

          It may be complex but would you not want to err on the side of safety?
          A young person getting HIV affects them for life including travel. Also a 25 yo getting HIV living to 75 costs the country £350,000 in drugs. It’s preventable. We individually and our community including porn studio’s need to all be responsible.

          Also we have seen a massive rise in young people in USA getting guns and killing teachers, class mates. Sorry I am no expert but these games to me make it easier in impressionable kids to copy.
          I’d rather we err on the side of safety.

          • Binglg

            The question remains how (much) bareback porn influences people’s sexual behaviour. So far I haven’t been convinced that watching bareback porn means (without a doubt) having bareback sex in real life.

            It’s quite similar with books. Should we ban (or – even better – burn) all the books with murder motifs without righteous payback of society – because people might get the impression that killing people is OK? If the answer is “yes” – do start now because the pile is huge! But I’m not sure if it will be of any help to our cause.

            Please, don’t take me wrong, I’m an advocate of safe sex and worried about the rise of diseases. I’m just saying that before pointing to someone/something that seems to be responsible for things we are worried about, we should think if we are pointing at a real cause or just a scapegoat for us to feel better and feeling that we are saving the world.

          • Colin

            You pose some good points and trust me I am no angel nor educated in these matters.
            For me it’s gut which you can say is wrong. Yes it should be based on research. If I had a kid today who identified as gay what would I want for him/her? At certain ages I would not let them watch certain programes and restrict what they can have access too on the internet. As they handle life by acquiring skills then I would reduce the restrictions but then teach them about choice and cause and effect. Porn to me is healthy. But in my early years sadly it taught me about sex…yes I was a late starter and no one ever talked to me about sex ever. If I see bareback then I’d probably thought that was normal.

            As many parents know you cannot be there all the time and their mates will have a different upbringing.
            Last point I have 9 adult nieces and nephews 2 of whom are gay. I have spoken to them about sex, drugs, and the kind of mad nights you can have. Sometimes standing outside clubs at 3 am waiting on them so I could make sure they got home safely. A number of them have thanked me as they saw going on around them unsafe practices and moved away. They value their health, their mates and have a life/work balance. It’s what I wish I’d had when growing up. I do not want to hide anything but I want the gay community, porn, magazines, clubs and venues to be responsible and have fun.
            Thats it….sorry….best wishes.

          • Rehan

            I’m with Colin on this one, based also on my own experience of porn ‘normalising’ many activities for me, rimming for example. And yes, I do think the way violence is glamorised in movies and videogames is appalling, and I do believe it makes people inured to violence. Censoring is a complex subject, but when it comes to condoms it seems such a small concession to make, yet one with such enormous consequences to this day. Perhaps I only say that as a carryover from the days when HIV was a death sentence.

  • Adrian

    I understand the need to increase their market but feel the bareback market are looking for the real thing. ‘cream pies ‘ and all. I also think that condom use in porn should be celebrated much more than it is. Ie: showing the ‘ins and outs’ of using condoms and not just editing the putting on and off. So the idea might not have the effect on sales they want.

  • Paul

    These comments are shooting the messenger. Falcon is not doing this on a whim, but because it believes the audience wants bareback porn. As I assume that the audience for gay porn is almost wholly composed of gay/bi men, we have no-one but ourselves to blame for this. At least Falcon, unlike some other studios, is not putting its employees at risk in order to fulfil the demand. Personally, I would like more intelligent porn and find watching a guy roll on a condom very hot, but clearly I am in a tiny minority.

  • Benjamin Cohen

    I’m kind of disturbed by this.

  • Lion in Winter

    By all means, show the reality of condoms – the frustration of trying to put one on without losing the erection, the slipping and tearing, the added lube required, the forced prolonged action as one tries to compensate for the lost sensation, the gradual realization that “it’s all right, we can do this some other time… what’s on TV?”… Yes, condoms are in many ways necessary, but why not use female condoms instead? They are so much more practical! Or, even better, why not take some time to get to know someone?

  • Erica Cook

    If they have the technology to do this than I say go for it. I am not a fan of porn and as one can tell I am not exactly their market anyway, but the whole point is to enjoy a fantasy one may not be able to enjoy in real life. I commend him for going to the trouble instead of compromising his principles.

  • Steve_R

    A key part of information is missing from this editorial!

    Information easily verified on the www indicates that since March 2012 the State of California imposed on all performers in the porn industry “regulated condom use in all location productions” (it was even proposed at the time that unscheduled inspections of shoots would be mandatory)

    At the time a number of producers looked at relocation out of state to Nevada and Arizona. Those which did stay had to comply with the regulations.

    If Falcon and Chi Chi la Rue or others for example wanted to compete in a market share of BB porn legally they can’t. By Digital editing how ever they would possibly have found away to circumvent the regulations without compromising safe sex or their performers. Whether this is for market share, or demand I can’t and won’t speculate.

    It does mean unless it is clearly indicated or a warning in the credits states BB sex did
    not occur (which digital editing makes appear otherwise) they pose the risk of viewers exposing them selves to similar irresponsible risks.

    • Steve_R

      I apologize, I mentioned Chi Chi la Rue in my comment that was an error on my part after previously reading another comment. the article in question only mentions Falcon. Please don’t misconstrue my unfortunate reference to implicate an innocent party.

  • VP

    I’ve never understood why there is so much fuss about this in the first place. When I watch porn I don’t even notice whether there are condoms or not – they’re pretty unobtrusive and don’t really change anything about it. And the two times I’ve had sex I used a condom, and found it similarly unobtrusive. Well, apart from the considerable reduction in anxiety it engendered, now I knew I was far less likely to catch something unpleasant and incurable. That sense of protection against ruining one’s life doesn’t just improve sex – it puts me in a place where it’s psychologically possible at all!

    Though, on the question of porn, surely the penis is far from the bit that you’re looking at? Most of the time it’s inside something else anyway! The best porn, I find, has a lot more focus on the faces of the performers – so you can connect with them on a human level more easily, as you would a partner of your own in sex.

  • Nirgal

    Sadly, I don’t think this will work.

    The entire point of bareback porn is, for its viewers, to KNOW that the actors doing it engaged on unsafe sex to film it. I don’t know why, but some people find it hot. Morbid, huh? I don’t think it’ll work if they know it was filmed with condoms and then the condoms got removed.

    I hope it works, but I don’t think it will.

  • Mike Dalgarno

    The whole reason that they’ve gone down this route is to make more money. And this is the vicious circle. People will want BB porn as much as they see it as norm, but companies like Falcon should be using the opportunity to educate viewers to use protection…and make that be seen as the norm.

    It’s good that they are still protecting their stars, but they are not protecting their viewers. Irresponsible decision.

  • Jay

    This is like saying “No animals was armed during the shooting of this video.” It is not a good move on their part. Nobody pays attention to the credits in a movie unless they want to get the name of a song that was heard.

  • http://artium-elegantium-studium.webs.com/ Xavier Radic

    This is just ‘greed’ and ‘deception’ pure and simple by Falcon Studios, though nothing so pure and simple in their motives.

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