LOS ANGELES — The Adult Performance Artists Guild (APAG) held a meeting last night to discuss the possible imact of the proposed „Stop Internet Sexual Exploitation Act“ (SISEA) on adult performers‘ work and livelihoods.
More than 40 performers were in attendance and the virutal meeting lasted over two hours.
The unusually worded SISEA, introduced by Senators Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in the aftermath of public reaction to Nicholas Kristof’s sensationalistic editorial in the New York Times targetting Pornhub, would apply to „all online platforms that host pornography,“ according to Sasse’s office.
The bill would thus give the government a new power to decide what consitutes „pornography“ and what does not.
According to an APAG rep, these were the adult performers union’s conclusions after yesterday’s discussion:
- SISEA expects every platform to supply models with an information consent list. Performers/individuals in the content must fill in the platforms they will consent uploads on
- SISEA expects all performers in the content to submit a consented list of acts depicted in the material
- Part of the bill essentially states you cannot upload porn unless you are of the „age of consent“ in that state. The most common age for age of consent in the U.S. is 16 years old, with some states having even younger ages for age of consent for the purposes of marriage. SISEA does not specify which „age of consent“ they are applying. With the current language in the bill, it will supersede current laws that state that you would have to be 18 years of age to upload or to consent. „So if the goal is to protect children, this does the direct opposite,“ the rep said
- SISEA is retroactive on past content, so you would need this „supply information consent list.“ Without the information consent list it would be a $1000 fine per day if you don’t comply within the two-week timeframe
APAG also has announced it has set up a discord channel for sex workers to receive help and information.