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Spanish alt porn star Paulita Pappel insists career choice is a ‘dream’

Spanish adult film star Paulita Pappel, raised as a feminist, says porn is her dream career in a BBC documentary.

Paulita Pappel, born in Madrid but currently based in Berlin where she has become established as an icon of alt porn culture, said she loves the lifestyle associated with making sex films.

“You go somewhere, you have a great shoot on location with a great group of people, and you have amazing sex, then you get food, then you’re being paid really well,” she told BBC Three’s “What I Wish I Knew About Porn”.

Pappel continued: “I think “this is so gorgeous, why would I not want to do this?” It is a f***ing dream. It was absolutely my calling to go into porn.”

The self-described feminist argues that she is aiming to transform the traditionally macho industry by making it more “authentic” for women.

“I don’t want to live in a world where shooting porn has a negative impact,” she said. “So if that’s the way we’re living, I am going to do porn and I am going to try and change that world.

“What I wish I’d known about porn from the very beginning is how empowering and wonderful it can feel personally.”

“I think it is very problematic to always differentiate between feminist porn and mainstream porn, because that somehow reinforces the idea that mainstream porn is bad.”

The performer turned director also runs a website called Ersties, which showcases work by female film students and photographers.

“I always felt a huge fascination for porn but I was raised as a second-wave feminist, so I thought every kind of sex work, like pornography, was to enable the patriarchy to exploit women…I thought that was wrong,” Pappel added.

EuroWeekly

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