In a recent op-ed co-written with rabbi-counselor Shmuley Boteach, long-time Playboy model Pamela Anderson actress focuses on the devastating impacts of pornography.
“This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays,” Anderson notes in the column. “How many families will suffer? How many marriages will implode?”
The op-ed was written as a response to former congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, and argues that pornography is for “losers” and a “dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”
“What is required is an honest dialogue about what we are witnessing - the true nature and danger of porn - and an honor code to tamp it down in the collective interests of our well-being as individuals, as families and as communities,” the op-ed goes on. “And 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, reportedly, in shock at the disgraced ex-congressman’s inclusion of their four-year-old son in one lewd photo that he sent to a near-stranger.”
Boteach and Anderson, who has modeled regularly for Playboy for almost two decades, do admit that the pornography is not likely to be easily legislated away.
“We are a guinea-pig generation for an experiment in mass debasement that few of us would have ever consented to, and whose full nefarious impact may not be known for years,” the column reads. “The march of technology is irreversible and we aren’t so naive as to believe that any kind of imposed regulation could ever reseal the Pandora’s box of pornography.”
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