9.3 C
Byron Shire
July 20, 2024

Should women be able to buy sex?

Latest News

Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

Other News

It’s Play School!

This year, your favourite Play School TV friends are stepping out of the screen and onto the stage for ‘Let’s Play Together’. Embarking on a thrilling national concert tour started this March in Victoria, they’ll be bringing a whirlwind of fun right across the nation.

Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Dolphins return home as champs

The U12 Far North Coast Rugby Union Dolphins have returned home as country champions, having competed in the state...

Renewed appeal for information after human remains located – Coffs Harbour

Police have renewed their appeal for information after human remains were located at a Coffs Harbour beach last month.

Make Brunswick Heads off-leash

This letter started yesterday when I met Brunswick Heads’ own park vigilante. I had the very strong feeling that...

Crunch time in local rugby league

The Ballina Seagulls came away with a 12–12 draw, playing away against the Murwillumbah Mustangs last Saturday, which was...


The Byron Bay Film Festival is just around the corner, bringing another 10 fabulous days and nights of film from around the world to the Byron Shire in what has become Australia’s largest regional film festival.

One of the highlights this year is sure to be the world premiere screening of Brisbane director Sally McKenzie’s documentary, A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex. The film stars such notables at Heidi Fleiss and porn star Jessie Jane, and it investigates contemporary sexuality, asking the question – why shouldn’t women be able to pay for sex?

The docu-fiction follows narrator private detective Lauren Lacey’s quest to determine if women need emotional connection for good sex. With a voice-over written in verse, the film weaves documentary with drama, animation with graphics, sexuality with sensibility!

‘The film started as a project about women paying for sex because men can, and in these days of equity I wanted to find out about what was happening with women. Can women distance themselves from sex the way men can? The film puts forward that romance dependency could be part of the conditioning that has been stopping women’s being powerful.’

In the film Madam Heidi Fleiss asks, ‘why not open up a place where women can hire men?’

Director Sally McKenzie agrees.

‘I believe that women should have the choice, as men do, to procure sex if they wish. It was difficult finding characters for the film. The subject matter broadened to include other aspects of female sexuality. I mined a narrative concept to bring together the eclectic footage shot for the film.’

‘I got lots of female “cougars” to talk to me (although I don’t like that word) and women who pay for sex in different ways – like women who go to Jamaica and shack up with a man for a while and then generously gift him when they leave. This is a highly constructed film. It wasn’t the classic “shoot the hell out of everything and put it together in the edit suite”. I had to

“construct” it. I still think, though, it’s just as honest as a so-called observational documentary. It’s just a different way of going about it.’

The film also explores the philosophy of female sexuality.

‘We have a conversation of the madonna/whore paradigm where men are celebrated for promiscuity and women are not.

Historically it was always thought that it was good for women to have a lot of sex, although I don’t go into the cultural specificity.’

McKenzie also investigates the emerging market of women porn users.

‘There is a market for online porn for women. And the film makes the point that if there are 300 million users of a particular site per day and one-third are women, then what is being explored and touched on?’

There has long been the assumption that pornography is aimed at men and suits their particular sexuality.

‘Some women do find it titillating and exciting. I have some young women in the film who talk about their porn-viewing habits, and some like to get things done quickly. Women are being able to distance things; it’s much more of a servicing and a wham bam I’m done and over it let’s got on with life.

I don’t know if it comes from a dissatisfaction; I think it comes from a convenience.’

Sally McKenzie’s A Woman’s Deeper Journey into Sex screens at the Byron Bay Film Festival on Sunday March 2 at 7pm at the Byron Community Centre, and a special repeat screening for International Women’s Day at Pighouse Flicks on Saturday March 8 at 8.30pm.

For ticket and program information go to bbff.com.au.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tikkun Olam

David Heilpern's brilliant article 'Zionism, antisemitism and Israel' stands in complete contrast to former Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan's recommendation that, 'Israel must be...

Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites. After more than two years...

Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.