I know I’m late commenting about the passing of Candida Royalle yesterday morning, September 7, 2015; but I am so moved by the enormous outpouring of love and respect for the mark Candida made on this world. She made a huge difference in our field of sexology. I also am grieving the loss of a dear friend, whom I knew as Candice. I knew her for over 25 years and we presented at many an AASECT conference, especially with our “Siskel and Ebert of Porn” shows….those were the best! We were frequent guests on media together, which really bonded us as pro-porn feminists, among other shared adventures. We presented in Paris at the World Association of Sexology (WAS) international congress in 2001; and in 2008 my partner Robert Dunlap and I presented at the AASECT annual conference, where I also happened to be the host of the conference as the AASECT President. We created a “Tribute to Candida Royalle”, on film– showing her life’s work as the pioneer of women-made porn from a woman’s perspective, where she spoke as well. It was a highlight of the conference that year. I hope that the next AASECT conference can honor her contributions. I wrote a book blurb for her amazing how-to book for women on being a better lover based on her years as a porn/erotica director. I have spent literally thousands of hours with someone who was truly a one-of-a-kind, compassionate, smart, funny, and a creative genius. She will deeply be missed.
I know, too, that one of her wishes was to find a good home for her 3 kitties; so I hope you are out there, opening your doors to their love. She was a brave, strong, inspiring role model for all. xo, Patti
P.S. I cherish this picture of us in 2001…
Here is her bio in the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality from Wiley-Blackwell, 2015: (ISBN 978-1-4051-9006-0) ):
Candida Royalle, president of Femme Productions®, is a frequent TV & radio guest and sought after expert on issues of relationships, sexuality and women’s self-empowerment. She is the author of “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice From a Woman who Knows” (Simon & Schuster/Fireside).
Royalle first became known for pioneering the genre of erotic movies by and for women and couples. Widely used by counselors and sexologists, her work has received international accolades for its sex-positive, egalitarian approach to sexuality and eroticism.
What makes Royalle’s story particularly unique is that she was a popular adult film star, having appeared in about 25 films between 1975 and ’80. Disenchanted with what she felt were overly graphic, insensitive films that completely ignored the needs of women, she felt it was high time for someone to create erotic movies that women could enjoy. Add that to women’s growing curiosity about sexy films – thanks to the second wave of feminism that took place in the late ‘60’s – and the advent of home video, providing a safe place for women to take a peek, Candida knew she was on to something. Combining her first hand experience in front of the camera with an education that included art (NYC’s High School of Art & Design, Parson’s School of Design, City University of New York) and theatre (jazz vocalist and extensive dance training), Royalle established Femme Productions in 1984 and has since produced and/or directed eighteen ‘woman-friendly’ erotic films dedicated to giving a woman’s voice to a previously male dominated genre.
In 1995 Royalle broke further ground with Groet Design, a Dutch industrial design company, to create the Natural Contours® line of stylish and discreet intimate massagers that raised the bar and set new standards for women’s intimate care products.
Royalle has lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Psychiatric Association’s national conference, and the World Congress on Sexology, as well as numerous universities including Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley College and New York University .
Royalle is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and President of Feminists for Free Expression (FFE).
For more information please visit: http://www.candidaroyalle.com