Porn producer: I wish my films were shown in schools

10/04/14

Petra Joy

Petra Joy, a maker of feminist erotic films, has said her movies can help educate young people about sex.

"I wish my films were shown in schools," she said.

The film-maker believes she has a responsibility to ensure people have access to "realistic" movies, that also cater to "female fantasies".

"We know a lot of young kids get their sex education through porn and I think it's very important that we have films that show foreplay," she added.

A lot of content online, most of it is completely unlicensed and that's where kids turn to
Petra Joy

Petra spoke to Newsbeat in response to a survey conducted by BBC Three, looking into young people's attitudes to online pornography.

About a quarter of the 16 to 21-year-olds who responded said that they had seen internet porn by the age of 12.

More than half of those asked thought seeing online porn affected people's expectations of sex, with the most frequent comments being porn encourages young men to view women as sex objects.

A scene from Petra Joy's films

"In my films the woman is the focus of attention and she gets what she wants," said Petra.

"I think its important with all the flood of footage we have that caters for male fantasies, to have films out there that turn these stereotypes upside down and cater for female fantasies and maybe teach men a little bit about female sexuality as well."

She added: "The interesting thing is if women see this kind of porn, many of them can identify with it."

Before becoming a erotic film-maker herself, Petra was an active campaigner against pornography and did not like much of the explicit material she had encountered.

She then became motivated to make her own movies, which depicted women and sex that she found arousing and believed other people would also like.

Petra Joy with actors

Petra said there is a place for her and her films within sex education, to show safe sex in a positive way.

"In my films I show the use of condoms and how condoms can be incorporated very sexily into the sexual act," she said.

"If it's not done at school they might turn to the web and they might come across some not-so-great films that don't show any foreplay."

Petra added: "At least my content is licensed and has the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) seal of approval, whereas a lot of content online, most of it is completely unlicensed and that's where kids turn to."

She believes that there is a trend to move away from aggressive or misogynistic films and that content has "changed for the positive".

We know a lot of young kids get their sex education through porn and I think it's very important that we have films that show foreplay
Petra Joy

Petra monitors the work of other adult film-makers and said she has seen more of these "positive" films on websites which host free pornography.

"They have a list of the most watched films and they're not all horrible or misogynistic or violent," she said.

"There's usually in the top ten list at least three films showing couples sex and some of them are quite sensual. It's not that it's all horrific and disturbing and terrible."

The BBC Three survey also found some positive attitudes and responses to pornography.

It found the most common reason for to seek it out online was for enjoyment.

Petra said: "I don't reject porn generally. I think there is a lot to be gained by it. It can be very enjoyable watching porn, it can be fun."

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