03/07/08

In LA, the law is an ass

I wrote this post while in LA a fortnight ago, and found it lurking in my drafts just now. Belatedly, then, I feel compelled to celebrate my stay in Los Angeles by congratulating Judge Alex Kozinski for having a (somewhat sophomoric) sense of humour, incuding about sex. Kozinski is chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in southern California. He’s presiding over a trial in which the definition of “obscenity” is in play. Ira Isaacs has made videos in which naked woman get their faces smeared with shit. He says it’s art, other think it is the basest form of porn. Kozinski’s courtroom will decide.

Uncomfortably for the judge, he recently shared some mildy lewd YouTube videos with his family. Guy tries to piss in field, gets charged by angry donkey (who happens also to sport recent evidence of penile exposure), runs away trying to hold his pants up.That sort of thing. Schoolboy humour at best. And at worst. In this puritanical land, that gave him enough fishnet stocking to hang himself with.

And this in a town that gave me one of my all time favourite (though very disturbing) studies of HIV transmission in primary infection: porn star has unprotected on-screen sex with 13 women in the three weeks between testing HIV negative and testing HIV positive. He infected three of them. Not all that suprising, since one of the acts was “double anal sex”. In LA, that’s not obscenity, that’s business. But a judge can’t share a puerile snigger at daft videos with his wife. Go figure.

If you want to make your own ruling on donkey porn, here you go:

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  1. Comment by Lee Rudolph, 03/07/08, 04:00:

    “porn star has unprotected on-screen sex with 13 women in the three weeks between testing HIV negative and testing HIV positive. He infected three of them.”

    Wouldn’t have happened in the Bronx of the future.

  2. Comment by Stephanie, 05/07/08, 10:12:

    Amazing that I’ve never spoken with any other person, ever, who is aware about the risk of transmission through porn or organized prostitution. People still think that the government is going to protect them in everyway to make thier lives the most carefree and convenient as possible. Impossible! Our government and others still deny most of the world adequate food and drinking water, not to mention basic needs health care. What makes some John think that he can just fancy along with any garuntee that a brothel worker or a porn star is STI free?
    It’s like people forget that deadly forms of HPV can’t be detected on a penis when the industry involves testing sex workers. HIV is totally out of the question for average John to even consider a risk because of ‘testing’. There’s not a way invented to be fool proof, diseases get spread, and there is no magical government stopping them. It’s like the same attitude college grads have about jobs just being there for them, rendering most Humanities degrees ‘useless’ in the job market. It’s a useless attitude, to be anti-active.

  3. Comment by Lee Rudolph, 07/07/08, 01:48:

    “Amazing that I’ve never spoken with any other person, ever, who is aware about the risk of transmission through porn […]”

    So you haven’t spoken to Sharon Mitchell, then? I’ll save you the trouble of a Google search: go to www . aim-med . org (with the spaces removed), homepage of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation.

    It’s true that when she went back to school for her Ph.D., it was in the human sciences, not the Humanities. I guess attitude is where you find it…

  4. Comment by kerokan, 11/07/08, 01:40:

    the links do not seem to work.

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