As the trade association of the adult industry, it is our job to defend, protect, and lay the groundwork for our workforce to thrive, even as it faces a seemingly never-ending onslaught of harassment and violence, reinforced by discriminatory policies and fueled by social stigma. From the Supreme Court to the ballot box, we’ve been fighting and winning impossible battles related to censorship, privacy, and worker’s rights for over 25 years. Working with legislators, medical professionals, researchers, and regulators to educating the public, affect policy changes, and litigate on behalf of the entire industry when necessary, is what we do best. As we head into an uncertain future, what we can be sure of is that our community is unstoppable when we unite, no matter how impossible the odds may seem, we win. Join us, and let’s keep winning together.
CA Prop 65
Proposition 65 was passed in 1986 and regulates substances officially listed by California as having a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer over a 70-year period or birth defects or other reproductive harm. It prohibits businesses from knowingly exposing individuals to listed substances without providing a clear and reasonable warning.
Prop 65 is a misguided attempt to keep Californians healthy, safe, and away from dangerous chemicals. It is massively flawed, ill-informed, and unrelentingly exploited by profit-seeking lawyers. Hundreds of respectable, law-abiding manufacturers have been harmed by these lawsuits, with little or no benefit to the people Prop 65 is supposed to protect.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers should not control what we see or do online. More specifically, that providers should keep internet speeds the same for all sites, no matter the size or type. The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
Currently, the FCC is reviewing those rules, and has signalled that under a conservative administration, they are open to granting cable companies and other ISPs the ability to control speeds and limit access for certain type of sites.
18 U.S.C. § 2257
18 U.S.C. § 2257, known more commonly in the industry as “2257” is a federal record-keeping law aimed at preventing the use of minors in adult productions. Like most legislation aimed at the adult industry, however, it does very little to protect minors, while offering law enforcement numerous ways to harass adult producers.
A recent win by FSC against 2257 on Fourth Amendment grounds requires a judge to issue a warrant under strict scrutiny before inspections could take place. This is a high bar to reach and protects FSC members.
Public Health Crisis Rhetoric
In the past few years, politicians and moralists have been sounding alarms about a supposed “public health crisis” resulting from the scourge internet pornography. The only problem? The data doesn’t back it up. But that hasn’t stopped state legislatures from passing numerous resolutions, or the Republican Party introducing the language into their platform, or President Trump from signing a pledge promising to eradicate it.
Filters / Blocks / Bans
SESTA – FOSTA – Section 230
SESTA and FOSTA aim to change Section 230 of the Communications Act. Sadly, neither of the two bills are going to do anything to prevent sex trafficking, but actually seek to punish and harm sex workers by conflating consensual sex work with sex trafficking. SESTA and FOSTA are overly broad and sweeping. It will lead to websites that sex workers use to work in safer ways shutting down, could criminalize legitimate public health messaging and education efforts, could silence actual victims of sex trafficking and make the prosecution of traffickers more difficult.