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Why I don’t think condoms are mandatory in porn

Condoms, yes or no? A simple question that any porn filmmaker will have to face at their very first movie. It may sound simple at first, but the truth is that with this question comes a much bigger conversation – from safe sex to the role of porn in today’s society.

Should all porn performers use condoms during shootings? Should this be mandatory? What are the real effects of showing a condom on a porn film?

In my films I don’t ask performers to put on condoms. If they want to use it and it fits the script, that’s great, but in general I’ll always look for some free, naked skin touch. Why? Because I’m making pornography, and not a sex education book. Just hear me out before you call me rude.

First things first: when it comes to safety, it’s important to know that everyone is tested. If you have sex with a porn performer, chances are you’ll have the safest sex of your life. These guys are constantly checked for everything – exams are required for each and every casting process. If tests don’t come out fine, it’s a problem and they’ll have to fix that first. Porn producers and filmmakers just won’t take the risk of getting anyone sick.

The most annoying part of the discussion, for me, doesn’t have to do with the safety of the people involved, but in showing to the viewer that using condoms is the right thing to do. Yes, that might be true, but I don’t see how a porn director should be entitled to teach this message.

I don’t believe that porn has to be educational. I don’t think porn needs to tell people what to do. Porn is fantasy, is entertainment. It’s a manifestation of eroticism, pleasure and sexuality, and as an artistic product it shouldn’t be put in a place as to follow protocols.

Of course porn films have become a big part of sex-ed, specially after the red tubes and so. But it isn’t and shouldn’t be the only source of information. Come on family members and educators, a little more effort in this area please!

I’m not saying that porn doesn’t have influence in people’s lives – as we know it does. (And I’d love to write more about this later if you are interested.) I’m just saying that, if I am able to make a film in which the sex is beautiful and pleasurable, and makes you feel good when watching it, then that should be good too.

Main picture is a caption for my next film, still with no title.

Noel Alejandro is a porn filmmaker who strives to give a new vision to gay erotica. You can watch his films here.

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