What do you feel has been the main reason that your movies have been so well received? What is it about them that makes them so appealing to women (and couples)?
Yes and no. An entire culture doesn’t change in 30 or 40 years. The old double standard that makes women fearful of being thought of as a “tramp”or a “slut” or a “bad girl” is still firmly entrenched in our culture. The mixed messages are abundant: Dress like a woman who is available for sex at any moment but then act coy and innocent for fear of appearing too “experienced.” It’s all about control and the way women are controlled is by being kept fearful of being judged and not acceptable for marriage. A woman who likes porn, or knows what she likes, who speaks up for herself in bed, a woman in touch with her sexuality, is a woman who’s been around, too experienced, or just plain “bad.” We women have to fight these negative stereotypes that impact on our well being and our quality of life. It’s neither good for us nor for our relationships.
There also seems to be a belief by some in the porn industry that “Women just want storylines and soft focus. ” This seems to come up in “couples films” which make attempts at plot, but the sex stays the same, (complete with ‘facials’). Do you think the mainstream porn industry will ever effectively cater to women?
I agree, that’s why I say drop the “formula” and get creative with the sex! The first thing I wanted to do was change the way the sex is portrayed. The porn industry is like a dinosaur unable to see beyond its own shadow. I think it will take more women from outside the industry who will have the courage to put their film-making skills to work in an industry that’s still quite taboo but actually affords women directors opportunities that the mainstream film industry does not. The glass ceiling is far lower in Hollywood! And as I always say, if women don’t get out and create their own erotica men will continue to do it for us.
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