Cicciolina says she’s broke.

As 5*+North League governament has cut lifelong grants for ex deputees to less than half the original amount, she’s had to start selling out her luxury properties and career memorabilia.

A most unique career indeed

For those who are not acquaninted with Italian pop culture, Ilona Staller aka Cicciolina was our national porn golden age superstar in the eighties.

She wasn’t just that though.

She was an icon, a myth, a charismatic, powerful figure who swept and shocked our catholic sensitivity like a storm.

And she wasn’t just that either.

At that time, porn was political. Well, isn’t it still? But back then more explicitly so. With her partner icon Moana Pozzi and their director/producer Riccardo Schicchi they were good friends with the leaders of Radical Party, a massive political movement of the time, leading social battles such as divorce and abortion legalization (also cannabis, but they failed that one).

Until Cicciolina was elected as a political representative in parliament, where she hung out for five years.

Hung out is appropriate as she appears tho have shot between 10 and 17 movies in the same period, and her attendancy rate was minimal.

No isolated case though. That’s common praxis in Italy, and her election was obviously symbolic and not due to her distinctive political skills.

One last thing I need to remark is Ilona’s staggering beauty. Especially in her younger years, before she actually reached the peak of her notoriety (becoming somehow more artificial, cartoon like), in her all natural looks she was goddess-like breathtaking.

As I went to pee and meditated over the issue, I anticipated something that was soon after expressed by one of the guest show’s guests, journalist Giuseppe Cruciani

While I’m in complete favor of the reduction of lifelong grants for politicians – He said – I believe we should make an exemption for Ilona.

Ilona was not just a political representative, she represents a wide share of a whole generation’s erotic imagery.

I believe there is no Italian man of my age (which is my age too, who was a teenager in the ‘80 then) who did not wank at least once on one of Cicciolina’s movies or magazines…

Cicciolina’s porn was no mild stuff. It was extreme, featuring massive gang-bangs, pissing, horses…

As she retired from the porn scene, she married world famous artist Jeff Koons. She sure had an interesting and rich life. But most likely, not the easiest one.

Some of the items in her memorabilia collection are estimated one million each. She probably doesn’t need a grant.

My argument though, is much wider than GIusepper Cruciani’s. I don’t believe the grant should be limited to Mrs Staller or other world famous porn stars. I believe, and I’m very serious, that

A LIFELONG GRANT SHOULD BE GUARANTEED TO ALL PORN ACTRESSES AND ACTORS

In other words, a UNIVERSAL PORNSTAR INCOME.

There’s a lot of talk about Universal Basic Income, and I’m totally in favor of that.

So if it’s reasonable we guarantee dignified survival to just anyone, shouldn’t we give it first of all to those who have shared their intimacy with us?

Pornstars are often equaled to prostitutes.

Nothing like that.

A prostitute sells her body to one client.

A porn actor or actress offers it to the whole world.

There’s something mystical about that.

Pornstars are despised because they make money on people’s desires.

I say, as Charles Fourier anticipated 200 years ago, they are saints, or rather martyrs.

Becoming a pornstar requires the highest degree of guts and ingenuity, and a unique mix of those.

In Afeter Porn Ends we have learnt how porn exposure can crush you if your are week, especially when you’re no longer a blooming twenty something.

That’s the most unfair thing in the universe.

All the man and women who have masturbated to porn hold a debt of gratitude to those who have made them.

We need to cherish and protect these delicate creatures.

Showing yourself having sex means exposing yourself in your greatest degree on intimacy and vulnerability.

If it’s true we need to guarantee a decent lifestyle to all mankind, it’s the most naive and vulnerable people that deserve it the most.

And it’s the most naive and vulnerable people that mankind needs the most.