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Pamela Anderson Says ‘Porn is For Losers’

Culture

Pamela Anderson Says ‘Porn is For Losers’

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The first word that comes to mind when you think of Pamela Anderson is definitely not prude. But on Wednesday, the former Playboy model and star of one of the world’s most famous sex-tapes, spoke out about the dangers of pornography. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Anderson, along with celebrity Rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, described porn as “a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness,” that has “corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband, and by extension, as father.”

Using politican Anthony Weiner and his multiple sexting scandals as purported evidence, Anderson and Boteach argue porn ruins lives. “If anyone still doubted the devastation that porn addiction wreaks on those closest to the addict,” they write, “Behold the now-shattered marriage of Mr. Weiner and Huma Abedin, a breakup that she initiated, reportedly, in shock at the disgraced ex-congressman’s inclusion of their 4-year-old son in one lewd photo that he sent to a near-stranger.”

The former model and Rabbi continue by blaming the Internet and our current culture for the increase in pornography, questioning the lasting impacts of smut. “How many families will suffer?” they ask. “How many marriages will implode? How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill? How many children will propel, warp-speed, into the dark side of adult sexuality by forced exposure to their fathers’ profanations? […] The incidence of porn addiction will only spiral as the children now being raised in an environment of wall-to-wall, digitized sexual images become adults inured to intimacy and in need of even greater graphic stimulation. They are the crack babies of porn.”

In order to stop the damaging effects of pornography on intimacy and on our children, Anderson and Boteach call for a “sensual revolution,” where we “would replace pornography with eroticism—the alloying of sex with love, of physicality with personality, of the body’s mechanics with imagination, of orgasmic release with binding relationships […] In an age where public disapproval is no longer an obstacle to personal disgrace, we must turn instead to the appeal of self-interest,” they argue, adding, “We must educate ourselves and our children to understand that porn is for losers—a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”