Argentina Names Actress and former Soft-Core Porn Star as New Pop Culture Ambassador

President Cristina Fernández recently named Isabel Sarli, a former actress and softcore porn star, an “ambassador of pop culture.” Fernández provided the 77-year-old Sarli with the honor “as much for her acting skills in films as for being considered a popular icon of her day and an emblematic figure of Argentine cinema.” Certainly, books could be written about women in porn, whether or not it is exploitative (and when), its relative exploitation versus other forms of art, issues of demand and supply for pornography, or actresses’ (and actors’) willingness to participate. Noneteheless, Fernández’s move is an interesting one, acknowledging the popularity and cultural impact of such films (something that Sarli’s own popularity and familiarity in Argentina attests to), and an honor for a woman like Sarli who no doubt saw more than her fair share of judgement, persecution, and vilification in the course of her career.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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