CECI N’EST PAS UNE BAREBACK SCENE.

Posted March 14, 2013 8:48 AM by with 12 comments

When is a bareback scene NOT a bareback scene? What do you call a bareback scene that uses condoms? A recent shoot from Jason Sparks Live is a zen koan if I’ve ever seen one. My one hand clapping, after the jump

When I first got approached by Jason Sparks to write about the scene, I asked him what he used for testing. He replied that he was using a the 20-minute quick test, but then followed up with a strange note — “but the scene isn’t bareback.” How can a bareback scene not be a bareback scene, you ask? Turns out “just the tip” doesn’t count for Sparks, who shot promotional images for this live show without a condom, but put on a rubber when the lights got low.

 
 
 

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Confused? Me too. But then I remembered this and this — two scenes where not everything was what it seemed.

Is it bareback? Is it gay porn fraud? All in a days work? Is it unsafe at any speed? I’ll let you be the judge …

TRAILER: Dustin Tyler and Jason in Kansas City Bedroom — Live (via Jason Sparks Live)

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12 responses to CECI N’EST PAS UNE BAREBACK SCENE.

  1. Jay March 14th, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Yes, it is bareback, and that is fine. They’re consensual adults. By the way, why doesn’t anyone have a problem with unprotected oral sex?. It’s a fact you can get HIV from oral sex. Yes, the risk is lower than anal sex, but it still exists. Why didn’t Sheriff Michael Weinstein and his sex police make sure the use of condom became mandated in oral scenes?. Why is it his call to decide how risky we can get?, why does get to decide where to draw the line?.

    Oh, by the way, this is ridiculous. One of the main arguments of the anti-choice/anti-bareback crowd is bareback ‘sends the wrong message’, as if we needed to get schooled by our porn. If sending the right message is part of the problem, then making these bareback promotional photos is just as damaging as shooting the actual scene bareback, it sends the exact same message: bareback is hot and consensual adults have every right to practice it.

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    • EdWoody March 14th, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      “consensual adults have every right to practice it.”

      Only when they have the education to understand the risks they are taking by doing so. And given that there IS NO sex education for gay men other than gay porn, and more and more gay porn seems to consider condoms unnecessary, what understanding do you think they will take away from that?

      And yes, taking unsafe promotional photos IS just as damaging as filming unsafe sex. Just like it was ridiculous when Corbin Fisher used to use condoms with men and not with women, sometimes in the same scene. And like it was ridiculous when they would fuck for a few minutes without a condom and then put one on and keep fucking. Just like it is ridiculous that we still have to keep having this argument when rising HIV rates speak for themselves, 30 years after we figured out how to stop it.

      And I ask it again, for about the millionth time – what exactly is so wrong with condoms? Why do people go so far out of their way to justify having unsafe sex, when a tiny piece of latex that costs pennies and takes seconds out your day to put on could actually save you life? If your life not worth that much?

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      • Jay March 14th, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Your assumptions are ridiculous and offensive. Speak for yourself and your circle of friends; I didn’t get my sex education from porn and I am perfectly aware of the risks of not wearing condoms. And NO, people’s right to choose is not conditioned on their level education, that is a disgracefully discriminatory suggestion. What you are basically saying is ‘gay men are uneducated and therefore we can’t let them choose what kind of porn they can watch’. Again, speak for yourself and your circle of gay friends, the rest of us don’t need you to educate us. And for the millionth time, no one opposes condoms, I wear them all the time; what we oppose is a small elitist group of gay men who think they have the right to dictate what every gay man in the world should be into and should be able to watch.

        And how convenient you chose not to say anything about oral sex and HIV transmission, probably because it lies within what YOU consider acceptable, and of course it’s your opinion and that of the rest trying to police gay sex, which should be the standard of what is acceptable.

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        • zax March 14th, 2013 at 8:03 PM

          Unprotected sex in porn (and not only in porn) is wrong because it can transmit HIV and take someone’s life.

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    • MrPurdue March 15th, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      ‘bareback is hot and consensual adults have every right to practice it.’ I have no problem with that as long as the consenting adults pay for their own treatment.

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  2. Jeff March 14th, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    “And NO, people’s right to choose is not conditioned on their level education…”

    Well said Jay. Both of your comments are spot on.

    EdWoody, people (gay or otherwise) have the freedom to be risky. Whether you like it or not, or I like it or not, or *everyone* else thinks it’s okay or stupid, it isn’t our call. We can try to educate or advise, but ultimately, it’s their choice – as it should be.

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    • EdWoody March 15th, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      “And NO, people’s right to choose is not conditioned on their level education…”

      I’m not talking about their RIGHT to choose, I’m talking about their ABILITY to choose. Which they cannot have without all the facts.

      “We can try to educate or advise, but ultimately, it’s their choice – as it should be.”

      But that’s exactly my point – we’re NOT trying to educate or advise. We’re throwing our hands up and saying, “I’ve got mine, I couldn’t care less if you get AIDS or not.” We have a responsibility to protect the next generation and teach them the lessons we had to learn the hard way, and instead we’re more concerned with fetishizing unsafe activities that work directly against that principle.

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      • Jay March 15th, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        Creating legislation to mandate how people should have sex is NOT trying to educate, it’s forcefully imposing your point of view on others on something as personal and private as sex. That’s precisely what the religious right has always done to deny sexual minorities of their civil rights. Statistically, sex between men is riskier(way riskier) than sex between women, should we just ban sex between men altogether?. If you want to educate, do that; post videos on youtube, go to the media, use social networks, etc. , but don’t try to change laws to tell people how they must have sex, that is the kind of things fundamentalist Christians would do. And I would still like to hear your take on unprotected(and potentially HIV transmitting) oral sex in gay porn and whether it should be banned as well, let’s see if at least you are consistent.

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  3. John March 17th, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Oh you are so wrong! I don’t care if it just the tip of a dick, or going deep into the abyss, bare-backing is bare backing. Just toughing the skin on your dick against the skin on a bare bottom, you can expose yourself to syphilis, warts, herpes, and perhaps HIV if there are any open areas on your dick. Even condoms may not always you.

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  4. stranded March 17th, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I thought doctors proved AIDS comes form the base of the shaft. You mean to tell me my 3/4 of a dick rule is dangerous?

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  5. mick March 21st, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Nothing special to say but the title in French is just full of mistakes.

    “Ce n’est pas une scène bareback/non protégée” is correct.

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    • Mike March 21st, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Thanks — I was drunk that morning. Evidently. Also, I don’t speak french.

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