Pamela Anderson Warns in Op-Ed That Porn ‘Is a Public Hazard of Unprecedented Seriousness’

Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson on May 5, 2016 in New York City. Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Pamela Anderson is taking a stance. The former Playboy model, 49, teamed up with Rabbi Schmuley Boteach to pen an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal to warn about the “addictive dangers of pornography” on Wednesday, August 31.

In it, the two argue that porn has a “corrosive effect on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as a husband, and by extension, as father.”

“This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays,” the pair continued. “How many families will suffer? How many marriages will implode? How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill?”

The opinion piece comes just days after disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner was caught in yet another sexting scandal. His wife, Huma Abedin — who works on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and with whom he shares a young son — then announced on Monday, August 29, that she was separating from her husband of six years.

“If anyone still doubted the devastation that porn addiction wreaks on those closest to the addict, behold the now-shattered marriage of Mr. Weiner and Huma Abedin, a breakup that she initiated … 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,” Anderson and Boteach wrote.

But the duo didn’t end there. They also warned that children raised in the current digital environment will “become adults inured to intimacy and in need of even greater graphic stimulation. They are the crack babies of porn.”

So how to address this? According to Anderson and Boteach, “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 rep the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”

The Canadian actress — who will next appear in the film version of Baywatch, the hit '90s show that launched her to stardom — is no stranger to adult material. In addition to posing for a total of 14 Playboy covers (including the magazine’s January/February 2016 issue, its final nude issue), she also did a nude photo shoot for Paper’s Girls Girls Girls issue this year to promote her collection of cruelty-free shoes. And in 1995, her private sex tape with then-husband Tommy Lee, which was made on their honeymoon, was stolen and leaked.

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