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Porn Studios Are Digitally Erasing Condoms to Get Around Safe Sex Laws

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If you can't get rid of a law, Photoshop it out.

Since the passing of the dreaded condom law, California's Measure B, in 2012, L.A.'s porn industry has packed up their perfectly-depilated pubic areas and buckets of lube and headed in mass exodus to Las Vegas. That's because Nevada, where the strippers are warm and the production costs are low, still allows bag-free boning in pornography. But unlike Britney, porn doesn't really want a Las Vegas residency. Which is why production company Falcon Studios is hoping to get around the condom mandate by Photoshopping, not unlike your adult acne or secret snaggletooth, all the rubbers out of their sets. Their latest release, California Dreamin' 1, will be the first porn film to ever feature digitally removed prophylactics. 

Director Tony DiMarco explained that the film is trying to harken back to a '70s aesthetic: "with this movie I really wanted to capture the essence of that time, when life seemed more carefree and spontaneous.” While the Ca-Ri-Ca swimwear, suntan lotion, and transistor radios are about as vintage as it gets, that special spontaneity, of course, was pre-AIDS in 1980. But, Falcon Studios is trying to have the best of both worlds. By digitally scrubbing the latex from their flicks, they're complying with the strictest condom laws (and gentleman's agreement among gay porn studios to always feature actors wearing condoms) while also providing the type of porn consumers have come to stroke to. While DiMarco says the film "mostly appears to be bareback," the expense of post-production makes it unlikely to catch on for smaller studios struggling under Measure B and piracy.

The real question here is what Falcon Studios can digitally alter in California Dreamin' 2 to improve upon the groundbreaking first film. Perhaps they can digitally remove anal pubes or back cleavage, or at least, add in a cool elephant stampede à la Jumanji.

[h/t The Verge]

Image via Falcon Studios.