#NoProp60 with Julia Ann, Siouxsie Q & the Free Speech Coalition on DrSuzy.Tv
Length 1:40:13 Date: September 17, 2016
There’s a big bully in town, and he’s picking on porn stars, but you could be next. Seriously, you could, and you will, unless you—that is, we—stop him.
The bully is one Michael Weinstein, CEO of the LA-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), wannabe California Sex Czar, a Mafia boss for the New Age Nanny State. Herr Weinstein’s latest nonconsensual gambit into our bedrooms is the atrocious, expensive, misleading, nonsensical and downright tyrannical California Proposition 60, on the ballot November 8th. Pretending to “protect” adult performers by requiring that they wear condoms, Prop 60 actually would force them to either leave the state, go underground or don the equivalent of hazmat suits while having sex, even if they are a married, monogamous couple.
Moreover, even if said monogamous couple—or any other adult performers—abide by all of Prop 60’s ridiculous rules, the initiative still puts them at risk for getting sued by cranky neighbors, disgruntled former spouses or anyone else with their panties in a twist. Essentially, Prop 60 incentivizes any California resident (that includes your neighbor who hates your dog, your ex-lover, or your ex-lover’s lover who just hates you) to file a lawsuit against any adult worker (that could be you if you record yourself engaged in sex and post it online), if a condom is not visible in an adult film, and reap 25% of the settlement plus legal fees. Indeed, if passed, Weinstein’s proposition is poised to stir up a monsoon of pointless finger-pointing that will drench the Golden State in frivolous lawsuits, soaking taxpayers and drowning the court system, all while lining the pockets of lawyers and, most especially, one megalomaniacal Mr. Michael Weinstein.
Bottom line: Suing porn stars and overburdening the courts will not lead to less HIV. Nevertheless, if Prop 60 passes, Michael Weinstein would get a taxpayer-funded job to monitor porn (he probably included this part because, like most anti-porn crusaders, he is secretly a porn fan). Next up: Weinstein’s weiner monitors YOU having sex. Why not? If he can do it to them, he can do it to you.
And then the bullying gets personal…
Yes, it’s complicated. And that’s precisely why the unscrupulous Weinstein won before (with the similarly destructive, controlling Measure B) and might win again with Prop 60 (Measure B on steroids)—through obfuscation, the insidious miseducation of California voters and loads of cash, including $1.8 million of non-profit funds, raised from donations to AHF made by donors intending to help people with HIV. Instead, these funds are being used to mislead the public and push Prop 60. This is why if the election were held today, polls indicate that most California voters would click “yes” on Prop 60.
And this is why, in an effort to counteract this dangerous, well-funded Weinsteinian malarkey with a bracing dose of hardcore reality, we devote a significant portion of this sapiosexually stimulating, politically passionate show to revealing the true toxic contents of Prop 60’s wolf in sheep’s clothing, aka harassment sheathed in a very leaky condom. Then we reward ourselves—and you!—with some delicious bare boobilicious Bonoboville Communion, before we get back to revealing the terrible truths of Prop 60.
To help us make sense of it all, I am delighted to share my broadcast bed with two of the leading lights of the #NoProp60 movement: Free Speech Coalition spokeswoman, the San Francisco Weekly’s “Whore Next Door” columnist and Truth, Justice and the American Whore author Siouxsie Q James and living legendary adult superstar Julia Ann. Shout-out to our old friend, attorney Jeffrey Douglas, now Chair of the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition, whom old DrSuzy.Tv fans may recall from our series “Law & Total Disorder” and the first LAPD invasion.
Speaking of memories, I first met Julia Ann almost twenty years ago when I interviewed the then-budding bombshell for Playboy TV’s “Adult Stars Up-Close” (produced by the late Joe Ravitz). She had just stepped up from mud-wrestling to wowing the crowds as a member of the popular duo “Blondage” with the notorious Janine Lindemulder, at the beginning of her long and fruitful career in adult films. Since then, the shapely and charming Miss Julia Ann has gone on to become a porn superstar, earning several AVN awards, including “Best Actress” in 2004 and “Best MILF Performer” in 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as four XRCO awards and a 2014 XBIZ award for “MILF Performer of the Year.” Always the consummate entertainer, Julia Ann is now a political activist taking a courageous stand for sexual freedom, helping others in the adult entertainment field. Not content with just reaching out to humans, she also opens her heart to the dogs, horses and other non-human animals that need help in our often animal-unfriendly society.
From mud-wrestler to freedom fighter, she has been a role model for adult starlets, lust-positive MILFS and sex workers of all kinds. Here in Bonoboville, we call this bonoboësque. Thus I am pleased to present Julia Ann with a certificate of honor from the Bonobo Way Female Empowerment Outreach Project, made possible by philanthropist, environmentalist, Bonobo Way reader, inventor and investor-in-women, Malcolm Jones. The certificate is folded around a crisp new $100 bill which Julia promptly donates to the Free Speech Coalition via FSC spokeswoman Siouxsie Q who sticks it ceremoniously and seductively into her bra. Hopefully, this small gift will inspire others (especially all you California bonobos!) to donate what you can to FSC and their vital, grassroots fight against the extremely well-funded and drastically wrongheaded Prop 60.
Joining us is one of Julia Ann’s spiritual “daughters” and favorite DrSuzy.Tv guests, winner of the 2015 SUZY Award for “Best Mad X Bike Ride,” Loni Legend. Check out Loni’s clip in Clip-O-Rama, , Sex Positions (Part 1 AND Part 2) recently edited by Jacquie Blu, and you’ll see why little Loni’s already a legend in Bonoboville.
Having just turned 21 this past July, Loni celebrates her entry into California adulthood with a rousing round of Bonoboville Communion with Agwa di Bolivia Herbal Coca Leaf Liqueur. My other guests join her, though Catholic-raised Julia Ann takes hers with Diet Coke. In these efforts, we are aided by able bartending team Savanna, Kristen, Liz and David of Divinitys Beverage Service.
Enter sultry sex worker Carmen Foxx, introduced to us by the super-cool Chef Be*Live, now featured on Unscene Abe’s video clip of the amazing Danièle Watts singing The Bonobo Way as the Chef cooks up an accompaniment on the Steinway.
Thirsts quenched, we return to the thorny subject of Prop 60 and its malevolent mastermind Michael Weinstein. On the surface it’s about porn stars wearing condoms which might seem like a good idea to porn-ignorant progressives. BUT look inside the condom, and you’ll find a sticky reservoir of poison, Prop 60’s attempt to control and harass adult performers and producers, who are becoming one and the same, as more and more performers, including webcam performers, shoot their own content. It’s other goal is to aggrandize wily Weinstein, making him, as Julia Ann puts it, California’s “Pimp” of Porn (even though he’s anti-porn), giving him the power to override the California Attorney General in his determination to make California “safe” for his greedy ambitions which, if unchecked, will soon have him and his minions snooping on any erotic activities that might be recorded on your phone and in your bedroom. Such is the slippery slope of Weinstein’s badly-lubed “Indecent Proposal”… I mean, Proposition.
Once most humans understand what’s inside the prophylactic of Prop 60, they generally want to throw it in the nearest toxic waste dump. According to ballotpedia, all the major and minor political parties, as well as California journalists, are against Prop 60. The only party supporting Prop 60 is the Santa Monica Democratic Club, which isn’t even a party, it’s a club.
“During this divisive election season, it’s difficult to get Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to agree on anything, but Prop 60 is so poorly drafted that (it) is the only measure on the November ballot with tri-partisan opposition,” states the FSC. “Julia Ann joins the California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party, the California Libertarian Party, Equality California, The Transgender Law Center, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco Medical Society, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, Free Speech Coalition and a growing list of organizations that oppose Proposition 60.”
Not that Weinstein cares how successfully the adult industry has been doing with containing STDs on their own, but porn performers are routinely tested for STDs and there hasn’t been a transmission of HIV on a self-regulated PASS (Performer Availability Screening Services)-compliant set in 12 years. The industry is current working with Cal OSHA to write up legislation that makes sense for the performers and all involved. Condoms break, tear, irritate and hurt performers, especially women engaging in hours of on-camera “pornstar-style” (meaning rough, acrobatic) penetration. But Weinstein doesn’t ask adult performers for their input, except the ones who have quit or been run out of the industry. He’s a man on a mission for control, not to mention condom sales that his chain of pharmacies (bringing in over $800 million in revenue last year) happens to sell.
It would be comical if it weren’t so scary. After all, Weinstein’s almost-as-bad “Measure B” was passed in Los Angeles County in 2012, requiring all porn performers to wear condoms on set, so despite Prop 60’s umpteen flaws, sex-ignorant voters might pass it. Interestingly, since Measure B passed, there has been no change in the number of films using condoms; production has simply moved out of LA County (taking many jobs out of LA) or gone underground. Shooting permits in LA have dropped 95%. Some of the porn producers honest enough to get permits have been cited, such as Joanna Angel of Burning Angel, fined $32,400 this past August. Prop 60 is Measure B Plus. It will not help anyone but lawyers and Weinstein himself, and it will hurt those it pretends to help.
This is the message that Julia Ann, Siouxsie Q and the FSC “army” are getting out through social media, regular media, rock concerts, wherever they can, and they’re doing it with less than a quarter of Weinstein’s budget. It’s heartening to hear that porn stars, porn fans and sexual freedom lovers are not the only ones who have had it up to their goggles with the abominable Weinstein: Veterans, folks who take prescription drugs, people with HIV, most journalists with a brain and supporters of PrEP or Truvada (which Weinstein denigrates as a “party drug”) all have their beefs with him. In Weinstein’s 10 Worst Offenses, forcing porn performers to wear condoms makes the list at #8, behind anti-union practices, anti-science AIDS activism, overbilling of Federal funds, fear-based safer sex billboards and intimidation (e.g., bullying), and just before “an alleged pattern of criminal conspiracy.”
“AIDS treatment activism has a beautiful legacy,” writes AIDS activist Peter Staley in HIVPlusMag.com. “Collectively, we’ve helped change the course of AIDS, and saved millions of lives. Michael Weinstein has been spitting on this legacy for almost 15 years.”
Weinstein’s “shown to be a thug,” observes former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the LA Times. “He’s used his nonprofit organization in a crass and bullying political way to get his way, which is to avoid being held accountable.”
Maybe if all of us being bullied by Weinstein can band together—like female bonobos do to defeat overly aggressive males—we can shame the bully into early retirement. At least, let’s have him seriously investigated for his misdeeds. And do NOT vote for his propositions. This election, November 8th (which happens to be my favorite freedom fighter, Capt’n Max’s birthday, who regales us with tales of fighting censorship and harassment in the 1970s and encourages us to fight the good fight without fear), Vote No on Prop 60.
Speaking of momentous elections, there’s also that other big bully, the one with the orange hair, big mouth and small peepee (sorry, PC police, but body-shaming this blowhard seems like a patriotic duty right now). Jane Goodall’s recent comparison of Trump to male common chimpanzees “stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks” is quite apt, though a bit of an insult to chimps. I just wish Hillary was more bonobo. Then this would be a Great (Ape) Contest.
Another female U.S. presidential candidate, Mistress Tara Indiana, is very bonobo, sex-positive, female-empowered. Moreover, she’s a dominatrix who’s shown us exactly how she can beat Trump. This coming Saturday, September 24th, right before Hillary debates the Donald, we will have our own U.S. Presidential debate on DrSuzy.Tv between candidates Tara and Jeffrey Vallance. Don’t miss it!
© September 17, 2016. Susan Block, Ph.D., a.k.a. “Dr. Suzy,” is a world renowned LA sex therapist, author of The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure and horny housewife, occasionally seen on HBO and other channels. For speaking engagements, call 310-568-0066.