Pamela Anderson on Porn: ‘I've Been the Product of This and Treated Like an Object’

Actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson is continuing to speak out against pornography. Anderson was recently a guest on the U.K. talk show This Morning, and faced criticism for a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed in which she called porn a "public hazard of unprecedented seriousness."

She and her co-author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote that the “experiment in mass debasement” is damaging culture, adding “we have often warned about pornography’s corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father.”

While appearing on the talk show, she responded to a viewer Tweet that said, “Pamela Anderson telling everyone to boycott porn? Yeah this is the same person that found fame and made money from it.” Another said she was being “hypocritical.”

Anderson responded,

Have you ever been treated like a porn star in bed? It's no fun, at all. Slapped, hit, called names, spit on. That's sex these days, and I have experienced that, and I never want that to happen again …

I know I'm part of the problem and I should probably disqualify myself from this whole situation because I was in Playboy and I had a tape stolen from my home and exploited all over the world but I didn't think Playboy was pornographic … It was sexual objectification but it was on my terms.

I have some regrets in my life and I also feel great that I have this perspective because I've been the product of this and treated like an object. I have an authority on the subject.

Anderson’s comments come as more and more research show just how widespread porn viewership has become. From our piece “Porn Is Now Threatening an Entire Generation”:

Back in January, the Barna Group published the results of large study on this same pornography culture. The findings confirm and underscore what we’ve known for a while: Porn use is a massive and growing problem, even among Christians. In part, the Barna study reveals that a staggering 57 percent of younger Millennials (ages 18 to 24) are seeking out porn at least once or twice a month. Among older Millennials, the number is only slightly better at 43 percent. Gen-Xers and Boomers reported 41 percent and 17 percent respectively.

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Todd Gessel

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Todd Gessel commented…

I attempted to "rescue" an infamous woman from pornography and the sex industry. Sadly I was unable to do so. The criminality, substance abuse in the (pornography)sex industry is horrific. If you care to read about it: https://gerilewis.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/pornography-the-ugly-truth/

Carolyn Robe

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Carolyn Robe commented…

Pornography is a big topic that makes me want to think more deeply about the objectification of women...or children..What is definition of porn? I am studying the phenomenon of the "Toddlers in Tiaras" show. Even if it is not porn, is it not objectifying children? If so, is it harming them, and how.? At best, it seems like a tasteless show, which is just one more example of making an object of actual living persons.."sexualizing" them, whatever that term actually means, I do not know. I wish I know more about how the statistics in the article are obtained. There is a long way to go between Pamela Anderson's foray into pornography and "snuff" films. Child pornography, etc. I would love to see more information that talks about the ill effects of porn from an academic or scholarly point of view. Pamela Anderson and the Rabbi have opened the door to further discussion.....

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Todd Gessel

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Todd Gessel commented…

I attempted to "rescue" an infamous woman from pornography and the sex industry. Sadly I was unable to do so. The criminality, substance abuse in the (pornography)sex industry is horrific. If you care to read about it: https://gerilewis.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/pornography-the-ugly-truth/

Ms Annie

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Ms Annie commented…

@ Everett, so if it was you little girl, your sister or another family member of yours posing in nude magazines or in a porn movie, you'd be okay with others looking upon them lustfully and using their images to sexually satisfy themselves? That's not okay.

Carolyn Robe

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Carolyn Robe commented…

Pornography is a big topic that makes me want to think more deeply about the objectification of women...or children..What is definition of porn? I am studying the phenomenon of the "Toddlers in Tiaras" show. Even if it is not porn, is it not objectifying children? If so, is it harming them, and how.? At best, it seems like a tasteless show, which is just one more example of making an object of actual living persons.."sexualizing" them, whatever that term actually means, I do not know. I wish I know more about how the statistics in the article are obtained. There is a long way to go between Pamela Anderson's foray into pornography and "snuff" films. Child pornography, etc. I would love to see more information that talks about the ill effects of porn from an academic or scholarly point of view. Pamela Anderson and the Rabbi have opened the door to further discussion.....

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