Monthly Archives: December 2009

Looking back with gratitude and ahead with joy

Happy Xmas

It has been an amazing year for women’s porn. I am happy I could contribute in various ways to what feels like the breakthrough of the genre in Europe. I am particularly proud of publishing the first ever feminist porn compilation “Her Porn, volume 1” which has been a huge success. Throughout curating this exciting compilation many fantastic friendships with fellow filmmakers were born.

I am grateful to count the accomplished queen of women’s porn Candida Royalle, the creative grand mistress of “porn noir” Maria Beatty and the inspiring Marianna Beck as my friends.

A personal milestone has been to work my way through 150 hours of behind the scenes footage shot during the last three years, to create my very personal documentary “The Joy of Porn” which premiered at the pornfilmfest in Berlin. It felt good to look back and realise how far you can go when you believe in your dreams and do everything you can to make them come true. But this is not just about me, my friends and performers in my films and our dreams and fantasies as 2009 was the year I started to actively mentor new female filmmakers with the “Petra Joy Award”. I would like to thank all the amazing women that did submit their erotic films to my first ever award for new filmmakers and congratulate the talented winners! It has been a pleasure getting to know you and with the support of my sponsor pjur encourage you to make more erotica from a female perspective.

It also feels good to become more actively involved in the distribution of alternative porn and help fellow female filmmakers to get their films sold and seen in Europe. I am distributing Marianna Becks’ film “Free Love” (U.S. Title was “Urban Friction) about the adventure to enjoy an open relationship. As of now “Dirty Diaries”, a feminist porn compilation from Sweden is also distributed by me in all German speaking countries and I feel honoured that the producers trust me with getting this exciting project out there.

The sisterhood is getting bigger and stronger – we are a force to be reckoned with. Not only do we inspire and support each other as filmmakers but are using our contacts as business women to actually build up an alternative distribution network that spans the world. Rather than letting men in suits decide if our films make it to the shops we sell them to the shops ourselves. I would like to use this opportunity to thank Candida Royalle for distributing my film “Feeling it!” for me in America.

Not only do women network and distribute each other’s work, we also started to celebrate our creative achievements. This year the first feminist porn award of Europe, PORYES happened in Europe and it was a special event for me as I was honoured alongside other filmmakers that I count to be my friends: Candida Royalle, Maria Beatty, Annie Sprinkle and Shine Louise Houston.

On a personal note, my dwarf rabbits had really cute and fluffy babies this year, so it was an all round fertile year!

I look forward with joy and excitement to 2010: With the input of more up- and coming female erotic filmmakers, I will publish “Her Porn, volume2”. I look forward to my presentations and workshops that I will give in Valencia and Vienna (so far). With the help of a sponsor I hope to run another erotic short film competition and award more talented first time female filmmakers. The topic and prizes should be announced soon – keep an eye on: www.joyawards.com

If all goes well I will also shoot at least one new film – finances permitting. What it is about is a surprise. After having been featured on three prime time TV programmes in Germany, many women and men applied to star in my films – so it will be exciting to cast some new faces for a film. I am buzzing with ideas.

I also hope to have a two week holiday for the first time in three years some time in 2010. And as I now have a personal assistant, the lovely Saskia I hope this will happen. It is lovely to see the team grow and work with people who share my vision. I would like to say thank you to my fab graphic designer Ray, my editor Paul and my webmaster Tony. Well done, guys – we like men that support female sexual liberation and porn by and for women!

Thank you all for supporting me by reading my blog, writing to me, buying my films or co-operating with me creatively! It is for you that I do what I do and it makes it all worthwhile to feel appreciated.

I hope the peaceful Christmas magic will reach you very soon and wish you an exciting and erotic, happy and healthy and successful 2010. Enjoy!

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Moving Forward

Petra Joy

I feel privileged and blessed to be able to explore and express my sexuality freely.

Erotic exploration and sexual pleasures are a birthright of every human but are still an unobtainable luxury to many women who do not live in the Western world. How many women around the world can’t even begin to think about freely expressing and exploring their sexual desires because their basic human rights aren’t secure? This Christmas, I want to make a difference by helping a cause that is very close to my heart. I’m donating part of the proceeds of my DVD sales to support “The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development” (FORWARD), who are working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and beyond.

FGM is defined by the “World Health Organization” as the range of procedures that involve “the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia (labia and clitoris) or other injury to the female genital organs.” About 138 million African women are the victims of FGM. Because the procedure is often carried about a by someone with no medical training and no access to antiseptic treatments or anesthetics, the consequences of the traumatic and painful procedure can be life-threatening: Infection, urine retention, injury to adjacent tissues, immediate fatal hemorrhaging, menstrual difficulties, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are only some of the common implications of FGM.

Here’s a personal account of FGM from Waris Dirie, a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and FGM spokesperson from FORWARD’s site: “Mama tied a blindfold over my eyes. The next thing I felt my flesh was being cut away. I heard the blade sawing back and forth through my skin. The pain between my legs was so intense I wished I would die.”

Though it is not clear where this practice started (perhaps Ancient Egypt), it is now practiced widely by minority ethnic groups around the world. FGMs are often performed to initiate a female into adulthood, as a means of purification, and to signify her inclusion in a community. FORWARD estimates that about 6,500 girls in the UK are at risk for FGM every year.

I feel saddened that so many women around the world have been genitally mutilated and suffer horrific medical and psychological consequences.

Apart from the physical and emotional scars that the victims suffer, these women lose what I feel is a basic human right: the right to sexual pleasure and satisfaction. What is it like to be robbed of the ability to have physical pleasure during sex? What are the implications for a woman’s sexuality, when their genitalia have been a site of torture? The message this act sends to women would seem to be one of total male dominance, and seems to create sex not as an expression of pleasure and fertility, but as one of total female submission. A forced submission into a beauty ideal that pleases men and increases their sexual pleasure.

It is ironic that many Western women these days have their inner and outer labia cut down in size to submit to a male beauty ideal that has been promoted by glamour photography and porn: tiny teenage pussies that look “clean” and “innocent” rather than a mature female sexual organ that signifies power.

This is why I love Grit Scholz’s book: “Das Tor ins Leben” – the gate to life (www.das-tor-ins-leben.de) in which she celebrates all kind of vaginas in their full bloom and uncut.

I gladly give some of my hard-earned money to women who have been vaginally mutilated and to hopefully prevent some more FGM’s from happening. Education is the key. If the consequences are known and understood I think it will be easier for the cultures still practicing FGM to move on and create new rituals for becoming a female adult. Rituals that celebrate the gate to life and the pleasure it can bring to women and men alike.

You can find out more about the FGM or donate money to FORWARD here: www.forwarduk.org.uk

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