HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Sexual wellness authority and Wicked Pictures contract star jessica drake was part of an interview discussing L.A. County's controversial Measure B on CNN Saturday morning as part of the "CNN Newsroom" program. The CNN Newsroom interview aired Saturday, November 10 at 10:15 am EST. CNN anchor Randi Kaye interviewed drake, as well as male performer James Deen.
The complete interview is on the CNN website here.
"From the performer's standpoint, and the standpoint of a woman, I don't like the idea of being told what I have to do with my body," drake said on CNN. "We are tested every 14 to 28 days as performers. We are tested for HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and I have been very comfortable with the testing protocols that we have had in effect."
drake and Deen also described the misleading nature of Measure B, with drake explaining, "On the ballot, it said 'condom use,' but then, later on, it says they can enforce the blood-borne pathogens law."
Of participating in the interview, drake said, "It was a pleasure to represent our industry and Wicked Pictures to millions of CNN viewers who only see us performing, or don't know us at all. We spent more than a decade developing a testing system to help keep our industry safe, and Measure B is a threat to our livelihood."
Before the election, Deen and drake appeared in a No-on-B ad, which is available on the news-and-information website The Huffington Post, here.
Since 2004, drake has been a contract performer for Wicked Pictures, an adult-video company requiring condoms in intercourse scenes for more than 14 years. Although Wicked Pictures’ in-house policy requires condom use, the company joined most of the adult industry in opposing Measure B, which mandates emergency-room medical protocols for all sex scenes shot in Los Angeles County.
A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake writes, produces, and directs the video series, jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex, which has received excellent reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio, received the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release and jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year.
As an advocate for safe sex practices and education, drake spearheads Wicked Pictures’ involvement in Adult Production Health & Safety Services (APHSS), a program designed by the Free Speech Coalition to provide producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing.
Continuing her commitment to sexuality education, drake writes a column for AdultDVDEmpire.com titled “Ask jessica drake Anything,” where each month she answers questions on love, sex, and romance.
"We lost the first battle on Measure B, but the discussion goes on," drake said. "We are opposed to shooting scenes in protective gear, and we will continue the fight."