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Michael Lucas Breaks Vow, Releases First Bareback Sex Scene

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Michael Lucas, the outspoken gay activist and porn impresario, has been one of the last bareback sex holdouts among adult film producers, adhering to a strict condom code in the making of his hundreds of films while remaining openly critical of bareback porn.

As recently as last summer, he dismissed any future role in the growing trend.

“If I produced bareback porn in Nevada I would be very rich,” he said. “I prefer to live in New York.”

Well, apparently living in New York is more expensive than he thought. Last week, Lucas Entertainment released  a scene described as “Premiere Bareback Sex Starring Exclusive Seth Treston and Billy Santoro,” starring the real-life couple (pictured). The press release touting the company’s first “bare sex scene,” says it is the “first in a series of condom-free performances.”

With the popularity of bareback sex on websites such as SeanCody, another popular porn company that caved to market demands for scenes depicting unprotected anal intercourse, Lucas apparently found it financially untenable to stay off the bareback bandwagon. In a phone conversation with Queerty, Lucas declined to comment on the scene.

Before  getting all moralistic on the self-described human rights activist, Lucas does try to provide some context for the scene by including an interview with the couple, presumably to underscore the notion that monogamous seroconcordant couples do not risk new transmission of HIV. (The release does not reveal the HIV status of the models.) Yet the fact that Treston happens to be a Lucas Entertainment “exclusive” undermines the possibility of monogamy in the strict sense.

And the problem with bareback porn is not only about the safety of the models. It is the message it sends to porn fans, who may find their own commitment to condoms diminished, especially when Lucas and others go to some length to fetishize unprotected sex.

“The physical understanding and sexual ease that comes from being real-life partners shines through in this scene,” reads the release. “Their passionate kissing, deep bare fucking, and comfortable sharing of cum leave no doubt about Seth and Billy’s intense connection.”

Of course there’s also the possibility that porn consumers, sated by the visual fantasy, are actually more likely to avoid the practice in their own sex lives. The research is still out on that one.

Is condom-free porn OK if the performers are a monogamous couple? Or does this fantasy alone send a wrong message to impressionable viewers? Sound off in the comments section.