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What is the Pornfilmfestival Berlin, and why should you get excited?

From the 21st to the 25th of October, porn producers, performers and fans will be gathering in Berlin for the 10th annual porn film festival – and Petra will be there to show some of her latest erotic films!
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Why I will miss Candida Royalle, the queen of feminist porn

Candida Royalle, ex-porn star, legendary feminist porn director and animal rights activist dies aged 64 after long battle with ovarian cancer in New York.

The 7th of September 2015 was a very sad day for many women, feminists and erotic artists around the world. As the news spread that Candida Royalle died at her New York home, her Facebook page has been transformed into a colourful kaleidoscope of an amazing life. Every few minutes someone new leaves a tribute for this truly exceptional woman that paved the way for porn from a female perspective and opened doors to the many feminist pornographers – myself included – that followed in her footsteps. All the pictures posted show a radiant woman with a smile that said “I love live, will live it to the full, let’s go and have an adventure!”
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If you value porn, please pay for it!

Porn SaleRecently, I found out by chance that a Dutch TV station had screened content from my film “(S)he Comes” without my knowledge or consent to license this footage. I was livid. I have worked for 20 years in TV myself and know that any visual content has to be licensed and paid for unless it is a “quotation”. This would be a very brief shot of a few seconds taken, for example, in a cinema showing not just the footage on screen but also clearly the cinema surroundings. But this was not the case – there were almost 30 seconds of my footage that filled the TV screen and in a piece that is only just over three minutes long that meant a significant part of their documentary on sex over fifty was illustrated with my footage.

I contacted a copyright solicitor and they confirmed that yes, indeed “(S)he Comes” was my “intellectual property” and to screen it without my permission was a severe breach of copyright. The TV station should have firstly asked for my permission and secondly set up a licensing agreement that clearly defines the terms of this license and of course they should have paid me for my footage. As it was, they never even bothered to send me an email to enquire about a license. I can only imagine that this means that they assumed that I would never find out and that different rules apply to porn than any other footage. Clearly with sites like YouPorn and PornHub blooming, porn is now widely considered as “free for all”.
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Censored by the porn industry?!

I have recently been sent information from an Adult Pay TV channel regarding their programming criteria. It is a fascinating read that makes clear just how sexist the porn industry still is and how reluctant it is to embrace innovative content.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas – Why the new UK online porn censorship affects us all

I have spent the last couple of years investing a lot of time and money into building my own streaming service of porn by women. There have been many technical obstacles and “Cinema Joy” was supposed to finally launch by the end of this year. The site was meant to featuring my own erotica as well as porn by other female directors such as Shine Louise Houston and Maria Beatty – directors who shoot different female fantasies than I do. However, on the 1st December, new regulations relating to online porn content came into full force in the UK. Now my dream of finally making my films available to anybody who wanted to pay to view it, no matter where they are in the world, whenever they want it, has become impossible. The dream has become a nightmare.
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Top Ten Porn Peeves

People are always asking what I’ve got against most mainstream porn, and what makes my films different to the rest of it. Well, without further ado allow me to introduce my top ten porn peeves: ten things you see in porn that really bug me, and that you will never see in any of my films!
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The Real Thing

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about authenticity in porn, at the Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, in the papers and online. What is authentic? Is it important to show authentic sex? Is it possible? Is it relevant or ridiculous to strive to show “authentic” sex and orgasms?
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The Great Firewall of China

It’s been all over the papers that David Cameron wants to pass a law ensuring that porn has to be blocked by internet providers unless the individual deliberately unblocks it and opts in to viewing porn. I’ve spoken extensively about censorship in the past: I just don’t believe it’s the right way forward. It’s a dangerous and slippery slope, particularly under the frequently abused guise of ‘protecting children’. By letting the government meddle in our personal lives and pass a value judgement on everything “pornographic”, we leave ourselves open to all forms of censorship. The internet is a very new medium and one that currently operates almost entirely without censorship in Britain. Ironically and worryingly, Cameron is planning to use the same system that China uses to block sites that are unauthorised by the state, which should be setting off alarms bells for anybody with even slightly liberal inclinations.
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Jumping on the Banned-Wagon

You might have seen in the news recently that Iceland is considering a ban on certain types of online porn, while the European Parliament just took a vote on whether to ban all online porn across Europe (they voted against, thankfully!) You can watch a youtube debate about Iceland’s ban that I took part in a couple of weeks ago here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzzYFHX5-ek

Banning porn seems to be a hot topic at the moment, and of course this is a difficult issue. Most people who support the ban seem to do so for the right reasons – they are worried about the exploitation and objectification of women rather just rehashing old-fashioned morality about sex being obscene. Tanya Gold recently called for ‘fair porn’ (which I support) but wants to ban all other porn (which I am against). (more…)

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Media Madness: The double-edged sword

HeadlinesRecently I have had a lot of media attention, particularly in Germany where my book came out a few weeks ago. I am happy about the opportunity to spread the message of porn from a female perspective but sometimes worry that the way these stories are presented can be counter-productive.

I am always asked by journalists what women want. My reply is that I cannot speak for all women as female sexuality is multi-faceted. Some like it soft, some like it hard; some want a storyline in porn, some not – so it is impossible to generalise. Yet when my interviews are published they are usually shortened and statements where I make clear that I do not want to generalise are deleted. This gives a distorted representation of what I think and is really frustrating. There is also a tendency to compose controversial headlines such as “Politically correct porn” (when my films are far from that as they feature a lot of taboos such as male bisexuality, pegging etc) or “From anti-porn activist to porn producer” (as if I had done a U-turn when in fact I have come full circle, am still against misogynist porn but choose to create alternatives, rather than just criticize mainstream porn). (more…)

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