Pamela Anderson’s Stance Against Adult Film Industry Is Being Slammed By Women

Pamela Anderson is speaking out against adult films, and she isn’t the first person to do so. Years ago, Linda Lovelace went public with the lurid truth about how she became known as that Deep Throat girl, but in Linda’s case, she was genuinely victimized by the industry and by those managing her career.

Anderson, on the other hand, is berating the industry and all of those who watch as loser after having released a sex tape with former husband Tommy Lee, posing nude for Playboy 15 times, and welcoming the attention that being recognized as a Hollywood sex symbol brings. If that seems slightly hypocritical to some, know that you’re not alone.

Former Playboy Model Pamela Anderson Said What?

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Rolling Stone points to the fact that Anderson has posed nude for Playboy more times than any other single model, suggesting that the piece Pamela co-wrote with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for the Wall Street Journal is more than a little hypocritical. The piece, of course, criticizes the industry, but also attacks viewers of adult films, both male and female, for being “too lazy” to go out and explore their own sexuality.

At one point in the essay, Anderson and Boteach come right out and put their unfiltered thoughts in writing, stating adult movies are “for losers,” a statement which can only serve to alienate those millions Anderson’s testimony is most hoping to reach.

Going further, Pamela and her co-author compare adult movie addiction to drug addiction, stating that a whopping 9 percent of self-described addicts have admitted that they can’t stop watching even when making a serious commitment to curb their viewing habits. Backing up their comparison, Anderson and Shmuley share that the same percentage of marijuana users have also declared themselves incurable addicts.

“But it is a fair guess that whereas drug-dependency data are mostly stable, the incidence of… 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,” reads the essay co-penned by Pamela Anderson.

The essay isn’t without purpose. While criticizing adult film audiences, Anderson does offer hope to those losers she chose to call out earlier in the piece. She asks for society to recognize a shift has occurred since the first rumblings of a sexual revolution that began almost 50 years ago. After so much progress has been made in balancing gender roles and changing the face of sexuality, Pamela Anderson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach suggest it’s time for a new revolution.

“Now is the time for an epochal shift in our private and public lives. Call it a ‘sensual revolution.'”

Pamela Anderson Gets Slammed Over Opinion Piece

After the public and media has had time to react, CNN reports that many are finding fault with Anderson’s participation in writing the piece for different reasons. Some suggest the opinion expressed in the piece is faulty from the start, while others find offense in the language used by Anderson and Boteach. Other responses indicate there may be a measure of truth to the essay but suggest Rabbi Boteach should have collaborated with someone other than Pamela Anderson.

Cindy Gallop, writing for the Independent, stated in her response that using adult movies as a scapegoat for the ills of society does more harm than good. She goes on to say that the real problem is the lack of open, frank discussions about sex in American society and individual households. While sexuality may be indulged and showcased in every facet of American culture, it’s still a taboo topic not often discussed in a healthy manner. There’s still much shame ascribed to issues of sexuality.

“[Pamela Anderson’s essay] feels like the outdated moralizing of a former sex icon who’s just a little bit out of touch,” writes Amy Zimmerman of the Daily Beast.

While many are criticizing Anderson’s involvement in writing the essay, there are some applauding the message. An article written by Father Alexander Lucie-Smith for the Catholic Herald applauded both Pamela and Rabbi Boteach for taking a stand against the adult film industry. The article seeks to see more celebrities teaming up with religious leaders in an effort to force government leaders to take action against the adult film industry.

Pamela Anderson’s own website indicates that the Wall Street Journal essay was only a first step for the former 15-time Playboy model and actress in a broader crusade against the industry.

“Something must be done immediately,” Ms. Anderson wrote. “A healthy, loving sexual experience demands both intimacy and respect, both of which [adult film] addiction destroys, and I am committed to raising this fundamental awareness and protecting the vulnerable enslaved in the sex industry and abusive relationships.”

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