This is something I’ve been waiting to see for a looonnnnggg time.
After reading NPR’s story “In Porn Industry, Many Balk At Condom Proposal” about how the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been lobbying to make condom use mandatory in pornographic films, I responded with a blog post wondering what the big deal was: Why do many Americans feel that porn stars deserve any STDs they contract? If we can fake a t-rex in Jurassic Park, why can’t we photoshop a condom out of a shot?
The NY Times article, “South Africa: Condoms Star in a Sex Film With a Message” by Donald McNeil, Jr., details how South Africa now has its very first all-black porn with condoms!
The film, entitled “Mapona” meaning “naked” in Sotho, marks an incredible step to help encourage the use of condoms in South Africa (and hopefully everywhere else) and decrease the transmission of AIDS in a country with the most serious AIDS epidemic (6 million infected with about 1000 dying per day).
Producer Tau Morena says,
“This film has a gentle message about safe sex. I’m not making any grand claims – it is hardcore adult entertainment – but at the same time here’s a way to spread education and information… The great thing with South Africa is that there is no status quo with the way pornography is shown. We have a chance from the beginning to root out exploitation. In our case, a woman was paid more than the men.”
I don’t plan on watching the film, so I can’t attest to gender equality in the films, but at least it’s a step in the right direction?