Interview with Free Speech Coalition's Diane Duke and Joanne Cachapero.
September 6th, 2012 - The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is the trade association for the adult entertainment industry. Lydia Lee and Dr. Chauntelle Anne Tibbals visit FSC headquarters for some in-depth discussion with Executive Director Diane Duke and Communication/Membership Director Joanne Cachapero.
Beginning with a thorough explanation of the organization's objectives, Diane details the Adult Production Health and Safety Services (APHSS.org) program at length. She speaks about the adult industry's recent syphilis moratorium, as well as subsequent and ongoing research, consultation, and outreach. Also discussed are FSC's relationship with Manwin, confusion surrounding the Mr. Marcus "press conference," Measure B and the upcoming November election/condom mandate, and the LA County Department of Health Services.
Joanne and Diane both speak about the adult industry as a whole, focusing on the idea of industry unity. The conversation explores issues that emerge when the adult community's rebel spirit meets the need for compromise and collective, industry-driven consensus.
From the outrageous to the obvious, this interview is a thorough and lively discussion. (and it covers far more than can be noted in just a few paragraphs)
And FYI: FSC's condom campaign starts today, so stay informed and show your support! Share your thoughts, bring constructive feedback, and consider offering a donation of your time or money.
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I love Diane and Joanne, and I don’t envy the position they are in. I believe they genuinely care about performer health.
Unfortunately, we’re in a position now where one company runs the show. And Diane being forced to do PR-spin for Manwin is unfortunate for her as that’s a monumental task.
In my opinion, Manwin is built on content theft plain and simple. They became a juggernaut by raking in MILLIONS off stolen content, successfully devaluing their competition until Manwin was able to take over. And of course the people are lining up to suck up to Manwin in hopes of getting a check. If a govt organization tried to bankrupt studios in order to put them out of business, we’d all decry that tactic - but since it’s Manwin and they MIGHT just give us a taste of the action - we line up for a handout. Our industry is now like Oliver Twist begging for scraps with our empty bowl.
In my opinion, the ONLY reason Manwin signed up for the piracy program was to buy them cover in any court proceedings. And they bought and paid for a great PR campaign being run by the FSC. Manwin hasn’t changed. Only the PR has.
What’s funny to me is that for an industry full of self-proclaimed smart business minds…they seemed to have skipped the part of economics that dealt with monopolies. Monopolies are good for one person - the company with the monopoly. Everyone else suffers. But in our industry - money talks, ethics walks.
Diane, I love ya - and you might be able to fool some of the people into thinking Manwin are stand-up top notch guys….but anyone with a shred of ethics knows who they are and how they got to be who they are. They can’t whitewash their past no matter how hard they try. I just hope you can run the FSC when your only member left is Manwin. It’s a dangerous thing putting all your eggs into one basket. What do you think they’ll do with you when they no longer need you?