Editor's Note: On May 24, a California statewide bill requiring condoms be used on adult film sets was placed on hold by the state's Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill also included measures allowing adult performers to file for workers compensation in the event of a workplace injury. Back in November, BroBible published a few comments from porn performer Kayden Kross on why condom legislation is a bad thing for the industry. Today we have a different opinion from someone with industry experience.
Jessie Rogers is a former porn star who is now a tireless and outspoken pro-condom advocate for the adult film industry. In the following essay, written exclusively for BroBible, she explains why. Warning: Post contains graphic language.
AB-332 was an Occupational safety and health bill for the State of California's adult film industry that was recently put on hold in an appropriations committee. The chair of the board, Mike Gatto, rejected the bill. This bill would implement safety and health regulations on adult film sets which would have helped open the door to performers getting workers compensation and benefits such as paid STD testing, paid vaccinations, and all medical follow up. Coming in to the adult industry at 18 years old, everyone glamorized it to me and told me it was safe. But I found out a lot the hard way.
What made me really step back and think twice about the industry was when they had the syphilis scare in the summer of 2012. The way they were handling it was very unorganized. Then I realized how they pretty much disregard all the STD's except HIV. Porn stars do get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea, but treat it as if it's just a common cold. I even know some performers who like to refer to gonorrhea or the clap as “the pussy flu.” I know I can’t speak for all adult entertainers, but I can speak for some performers because I befriended and even dated a lot of people in the industry, so I know their true feelings about the bill. They obviously aren't going to speak out like I have because then the industry will shun them and they won't get work anymore. They say there is a “choice,” but if you choose to work with a condom they will flat out tell you that there are hundreds of other girls willing to work without one.
My ex, who is an active performer, told me he once broke his dick on a porn set. As a result, he was out of work for about six months, lost a lot of money, and was never compensated for not being able to work because of his injury. I had a similar injury experience on a porn set on November 2012. As vulgar as it sounds, my asshole was torn open and bled for 3 days by a girl who didn't know how to use a toy properly. I was out for a couple days and lost work. I was injured, couldn’t perform, and my agent was a dick about me re-booking. Even though I had to go to the hospital, they didn’t take my injury seriously.
If AB-332 had passed, that experience wouldn't have been so straining on me. First of the all, the industry would be required to have safety regulations and train crew and talent on how to operate. Secondly, I would be compensated for missing work due to my injury that happened on a California work site. Finally, My Employer, like any other job in California, would be required to take care of my medical follow up since working their job caused me to get hurt.
Aside from my injury, when I went to my doctor, I found out I had contracted herpes, which is something very common in the industry. They never test for it because if they did, no workers would be able to perform since they would all test positive. Lol. So think twice if the opportunity to have sex with a porn star ever presents itself.
The 10-to-15-billion dollar adult film industry needs assistance when it comes to health and safety. Their priority is clearly sales and not the well being of their workers. This is truly why I chose to speak out and voice my opinion. Porn is protected under the 1st Amendment as freedom of expression, but that does not mean they should be exempt from regulations, especially when the health of others comes into play.
People need to understand that these are real people, in a real job, with real risks. I don’t get why an industry that makes more than all professional sports combined, gets exempt from regulation? Doesn’t make sense, but I guess it makes dollars. I don't think it's just that people think putting the idea of a "fantasy" without condoms trumps someone's health. I wish there was a law like AB-332 when I did adult films, which wasn’t too long ago, because I would have been protected and would have never contracted herpes, which I have for the rest of my life now. Doing films with condoms doesn't cause friction or irritation with girls at all, and doesn’t lead to a lack of sales. Wicked Pictures, which is a condom only company, did a movie all about me titled “Jessie Rogers: Unbreakable.” We shot six scenes in two days, all using condom, and it was honestly no different than without a condom. Wicked still continues to make millions of sales and is an industry leader.
I support this bill 100% and I was sad to see it die in the appropriations committee because one man, Mike Gatto, thought that workers safety and the health of real people shouldn’t be considered because it would cost the State of California too much. No doubt, I can definitely see where he was coming from, but if we are going to not protect workers because of the financial repercussions, then we might as well make marijuana legal because it costs the state so much to enforce laws or jail offenders and would make the state a lot of money by taxing it. Hell, we should even start sending criminals to college since it costs the states less to send a criminal to a university than jail them in our state prisons.
All in all, I just wanted this bill to pass because I truly feel as if it would have made the adult industry a way better work place and give some well deserved rights to the performers who are constantly being taken advantage of by the producers in the industry.
Finally, I don’t want girls who are thinking about joining the industry, to explore their sexual fantasies in a dangerous environment. I just want to protect the future generation of adult performers, my many friends who are still in the industry, and even my friends outside the industry. I have a lot of friends who are in college and none of them would ever think about raw dogging a girl, especially at a frat party. Lol. They take gonorrhea and the clap pretty seriously, so using condoms is no joke.
Adult performers are still real people and are all active in the real world. I think its time that the industry gets treated like a real job, since it is, and gets held to the same standard as any other job in the United States.