Pamela Anderson Speaks On Dangers Of Porn Addiction

Pamela Anderson Speaks On Dangers Of Porn Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 10/25/16

"Women have said to me, ‘My husband hasn’t touched me in four years, because he’s in the basement watching porn.’ It’s an addiction."

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Pamela Anderson Speaks On Dangers Of Porn Addiction

Pamela Anderson has graced the cover of Playboy more times than anyone and her infamously leaked sex tape is one of the most successful celebrity porn videos of all time—but she’s taking a surprising twist these days by speaking out on the dangers of pornography.

The actress and animal rights activist has given several interviews on the subject, most recently last week with the British outlet Evening Standard. Anderson made a distinction between her 14 Playboy covers that she described as “titillating [and] innocent,” and the hardcore porn that she believes is far more damaging.

“I’m concerned the world is going to forget how to make love,” she said. “Viagra is going crazy because people can’t get aroused by their wives any more. Women have said to me, ‘My husband hasn’t touched me in four years, because he’s in the basement watching porn.’ It’s an addiction."

Anderson also said that excessive porn viewing and porn addiction leads to skewed views on how women want to be treated during sex. Because of her own sex tape, the actress has experienced this firsthand.

Her concerns aren’t unwarranted. Research has shown a correlation between personal views supporting violence against women and high levels of pornography consumption.

“I’ve been in experiences where I’m with a man I love and all of a sudden, he’s flipping me around, slapping me, spitting on me, calling me a whore. What the hell? This is terrible sex!” she said. “Get an imagination and call me back afterwards.”

She admitted to being an unlikely candidate for speaking on the dangers of pornography and understands the raised eyebrows from some skeptics. Anderson has even questioned whether she’s a suitable advocate for the issue.

“I talk to a lot of mothers and I know I’m part of the problem,” she said this month on the British talk show This Morning. “I should probably disqualify myself from the whole situation because I was in Playboy and I had a tape stolen from my home and exploited all over the world. And people saw things they should have never seen.”

Anderson continues to explore sexuality through other mediums. Last month, she told Dazed magazine she plans to start writing erotica stories.

Last August, Anderson co-wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the subject and even gave a lecture on pornography this month at Oxford University. She’s hopeful that if people can remove excessive pornography viewing from their life, they can restore intimacy in their relationships.

“Everyone wants to be desired in a relationship. That’s the number one thing,” she said. “Pornography and access to other things is diminishing that."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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