Bodies on the Line

Christopher Baum, Anthropology
NML Award: The History and Public Health Award (September 2012)

Health and safety regulations within the American adult film industry are in a profound state of flux. Policies and protocols concerning condom-use and testing are currently being negotiated at national and local levels, making it difficult to keep up with current practices and debates. This project is designed to provide information, clarify ambiguities, and highlight various debates relating to the fluctuating health, safety, and testing protocols within the adult film industry. On a practical level, this means providing links and access to popular media, medical, and academic writings on this topic. Another goal of the project is to serve as a platform where various publics (including pornographic performers, social scientists, and medical and legal scholars) can discuss the politics and ethics of health and safety within the adult film industry.