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These Are The Reasons Why Porn Stars Are Concerned About Trumps Election

Since Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States, many have feared what his tenure in the White House might mean for their future. They have expressed justified anxiety over being deported, put on some kind of governmental registrystop-and-frisked, or even “grabbed by the pussy.” However, there has been less conversation around what our First Amendment right to freedom of speech will look like when America is made “great again”—unless you’re talking to people who have sex on film.

Photo courtesy of Tasha Reign

Photo courtesy of Tasha Reign

“[A Trump presidency] will have very dramatic consequences,” said porn star and sex columnist Tasha Reign when we discussed what the next four years might mean for the adult industry. “In this situation, Trump and Mike Pence can pass whatever law they want since they have the majority [in Congress]. I am very concerned.”

Reign has good reason to be wary of Trump, considering Republican administrations are traditionally bad for business. For example, under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department was far less aggressive than George Bush’s in trying obscenity cases—Obama shut down Bush’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force and did not initiate any significant obscenity cases of its own, despite an outcry from anti-porn activists.

“The obscenity laws have not been enforced at all under the Obama administration,” said Donna Rice Hughes, the president and CEO of Enough Is Enough (EIE), which is the country’s leading anti-porn nonprofit. “One of the key things [we want Trump to do is appoint] an attorney general who will make the aggressive enforcement of all the laws that are currently on the books a priority.”

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Photo of Joanna Angel. Film still from ‘Love Is Dead’

After eight years of Obama, it looks as though anti-porn activists are finally going to get what they want from the federal government. Because although Trump is a bit of wildcard when it comes to his proposed policies and positions, he’s been clear on where he stands with adult entertainment.

Back in July, Trump made a promise to start cracking down on porn. He was the only presidential candidate in the 2016 election to sign the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge, which was developed by EIE. According to Hughes, by adding his signature, he has vowed to “give serious consideration to appointing a presidential commission to examine, first of all, the public health aspect of internet pornography, specifically internet obscenity. And also, to look at mechanisms to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the digital age.”

This pledge was one of the first acts by Trump that really put First Amendment advocates like Mike Stabile, director of communications at the Free Speech Coalition, on high alert. “We’re facing a coming administration that has repeatedly said adult entertainment isn’t protected speech under the First Amendment,” said Stabile. “That’s terrifying, and in direct opposition with over 40 years of Supreme Court decisions.”

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