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    gay.com Daily Hot Topics: Mason Wyler

    Mason Wyler’s Raw Shoot
    Causes Controversy

    http://daily.gay.com/.a/6a01156e9cba4c970c0147e2cc028b970b-320wi Mason Wyler looks like the adorable boy next door, but the 27-year-old is more than that. He’s a major porn star, a self-described “sex fiend” whose past online advertisements declared that “anything goes,” and he’s also a man of many contrasts.
    Wyler posted on his blog in 2008 that he’d been raped, but The Advocate reported that “when he followed it up with a series of posts about enjoying rough sex and ultimately decided against pressing charges, several bloggers suggested he’d made the entire thing up.” Wyler has also been public about being HIV-positive, saying in this same article that he only has himself to blame and, “I take responsibility for my own actions.”
    That word—“responsibility”—became the focal point surrounding Wyler when he recently announced he would be appearing in two bareback scenes with Owen Hawk and Brandon Hawk — porn stars, and boyfriends, who are also HIV-positive.

    http://daily.gay.com/.a/6a01156e9cba4c970c014e864b6655970d-320wi On his NSFW blog, Wyler gives a couple different reasons for his actions. He says, “I did it because my career had been at a standstill (or dead) for nearly nine months.” While he’d gotten work offers from bareback companies, all of the mainstream studios were staying away. “I love having sex on camera and I can't think of anything else I'd rather do,” he explains. He then adds, “I did it because I wanted to get fucked by Owen Hawk. Out of all the performers in all of gay porn, bareback and condom, Owen has always been and will always be my ideal top.” So when Hawk made the offer, it seemed more appealing to the young man.
    Wyler also admits, “I did it because I prefer bareback sex and I'd rather be with other openly HIV positive men.” He goes on to say that it's understandable for HIV negative people to fear working with him, and that fear turns everyone off, so it makes less sense to perform with HIV-negative models. In yesterday’s interview with The Advocate he elaborates on this last point, explaining:
    “I actually haven’t had the experience of working with someone who I knew for sure was HIV-negative and they knew for sure I was HIV-positive. As soon as I tested positive, I stopped filming... My experience with [filming with HIV-negative people] is just from chatting with other models who are negative and have kind of hinted that they wouldn’t be too comfortable working with me… That’s where it kind of started and it set in that there is a chance that I could spread it to someone who’s negative. I wouldn’t want to cause someone direct harm or be at fault. I wouldn’t want to pose that risk on somebody — even though condoms are 99% fool-proof, there’s still a chance.”
    Here’s where the controversy truly takes off. On one hand, Wyler says that reinfection with another HIV strain is “a slight concern. Not really. I mean, if it was a major concern I wouldn’t have done it.” One could also argue that this is Wyler’s body, it’s his choice, and if he’s being honest about his HIV status with his scene http://daily.gay.com/.a/6a01156e9cba4c970c0147e2cc0b96970b-320wipartners, then they have the right to do whatever they want.
    However, some argue that the adult film industry has a responsibility to promote safer sex practices—though, to be fair, this is a belief widely held in the gay porn world and less so by the straight porn industry. To this point, Wyler says that porn’s role is to entertain, not educate, and that bareback sex doesn’t influence real-life behavior. He tells The Advocate, “I worked in porn for six years and see it as a form of entertainment; I think most people do too. I don’t know many people who buy porn to learn about sex; people buy sex to masturbate. It’s not our place to try to inform people. If that’s something that a porn model or studio wants to take on and spend money and effort doing that, that’s great, but I don’t think it’s our responsibility to do that — just like I don’t think video games are to blame for violence or movies are to be blamed for murders. It’s entertainment.”
    And with that, the debate continues...
     
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    If we elevate the world of porn, then we just see art imitating life. I'm sure I'll get some push back on this but I'm only speaking from my own experience. There is a good amount of gay men willing to have unprotected sex with complete strangers. In my eyes that's just like being positive because if you don't have it now, you will soon. I don't get it. It's just another cultural attitude amongst gay men that alienates me.

    I think that groups most susceptible to contracting HIV should be the most vigilante in fighting it. Maybe the wrong thread for this discussion?
     
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    Well I'm sure there will be a lot of discussion on this one.

    People can make choices, right? As I see it the key is for people to be properly educated about the choices they can make, and to realize the potential consequences of their choices. Actions and comments like those described in this article about Mason Wyler spur more discussion and more thought, hopefully.

    "Gay men willing to have unprotected sex with complete strangers" have hopefully thought about the possible consequences of their actions, and hopefully they realize that all the guys making bareback porn are, or soon will be, HIV+. I assume they are all poz if they bareback on film, don't you? If you bareback in real life, you have to assume your partner is poz and therefore be prepared for the possible consequences of your actions.

    Do people engage in more barebacking if they watch more bareback porn? I don't know, do they do more bondage if they watch more bondage porn? Or do they have more sex with big-dicked guys if they watch more Chad Hunt and Matt Hughes porn? Seems to me that most people can realize that what happens on the screen is not what happens in their real life, and they can distinguish the difference.

    One thing I've always wondered, is why this kind of debate doesn't rage in the straight porn world nearly as much as it does in the gay porn world. Are there not straight people ready to have unprotected sex with complete strangers? And are there actions related to their porn viewing habits?
     
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    Anyone has the video of Wyler and Owen?
     
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    This Wyler guy may have some mental, self esteem issues. He's engaged in risky sexual practices which led him to catch HIV and continues to do so.
     
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