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Friday, September 20, 2013

Ya pays ya money, ya takes ya chances

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Many years ago I asked John Lee whyinthehell a major industry would want to set up a huge business less than 1,000 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. This was during the March No Name Storm that was a hurricane, except it was not in hurricane season and the Gulf Coast was being pounded.

"Ya pays ya money, ya takes ya chances," he said. "That's what insurance is for."

Can't argue with that. He's right.

Which brings me to my point today. If you are an adult an you engage in risky behavior, do not complain when things go apefeces. I point you to the adult entertainment industry, AKA porn. Several "actors" have recently been diagnosed with HIV.

One of them, a woman, got rather emotional in an interview.

At no point in the interview did the woman say she was physically forced to engage in sex in front of cameras. At no point did she say she could not walk away. She did, in fact, say if the "actors" requested condoms, they'd be quickly replaced.

Lemme say here I am not judging the porn industry, provided no one is forced to participate. What adults do to and with each other by consent is none of my business.  Whether I like it or not is irrelevant. I have NO right to impose my morals standards on anyone, cept m'self, and no one has the right to impose their moral code on me. Even my hero Jesus said "if they will not accept your blessings, shake the dust from your feet." Don't judge.

Anyway, at various points during the interview, I wanted to reach through the screen and slap her. Still will if I can get close enough. Then, of course, I will hug her. I'm pentecostal; I'll hug anything I can catch and if I can't catch it, I'll get someone to chase it down and we'll both hug it.

But really. She got HIV in an industry where unprotected sex between complete strangers and people who've had sex with hundreds of other people is, well, pretty much a requirement. And she is surprised, and quite upset judging from the video interview.

Here's a partial and incomplete list of adult entertainment industry "actors" who've developed AIDS and subsequently expired. Considering the sheer number of people involved in this industry and the short career life of many of them, this is is going to be incomplete. I'll betcha the whole list is into the thousands.

Regardless, the fact remains - what they do is dangerous. Riding a mountain bike down the side of a mountain is dangerous.  Running the Bulls in Pamploma is dangerous. Catching snow crab is listed as the world's most dangerous occupation. Smoking is dangerous. Being fat is dangerous.

For that matter, simply living is dangerous. Eventually something does us all in. 'Cept for Doc who plans to live forever and so far so good.

My brother, Shag, and I have structured our wills so that if we go out at the same time, things are covered. When you look at the activities we engage in together, there is a definite chance that the same thing will get us both at the same time, be that a gator, shark, wild hog, mountain side or whatever. We have accepted, and planned for, such risks.

So this gal with HIV, yes I wish she did not have it. But she paid her money and took her chances and the dice rolled the way it rolled.

If you plan to live as an adult and participate in adult activities, the continue to act like an adult when the odds catch up to you.

1 comment:

  1. Feel the same way about smokers who develop lung cancer or drinkers who ruin their livers. Every man and woman on the Earth is free to do any danged thing they want (Complications may arise if that something is against the law but you are still free to do it.) If you want to strip naked and wrestle rabid mutant pythons in gator infested waters that is your right but don't be too upset when something gets bit off. The problem in the country especially is people do whatever they want but when the consequences come due they cry foul (Fowl?) and whine about what happens to them. Do what you want but suck it up and bear it. That is all.

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