Pamela Anderson and a Rabbi Team Up to Declare Porn a "Public Hazard of Unprecedented Seriousness"

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Sep 01 2016

Pamela Anderson and a Rabbi Team Up to Declare Porn a “Public Hazard of Unprecedented Seriousness”

September 1st, 2016

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of books including Kosher Sex, Kosher Lust and The Kosher Sutra (get it?), and Pamela Anderson, former Playboy bunny and Baywatch star, walk into a Wall Street Journal… and share their very silly thoughts on porn. Or should we say, their thoughts on a “terrifying” “Pandora’s Box” of “mass debasement.”

Their editorial is apparently inspired by Anthonys Weiner’s recent sexcapades, which, they say, have removed all remaining doubts about “the addictive dangers” of porn. This is a confusing start, because as far as we know, porn isn’t involved in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Except in that an ex-sexting partner of Weiner’s has capitalized on her fame by going on to make porn called Weiner and Me.

Anyway, details. The point is that porn definitely caused his “shattered marriage,” and Anderson and Boteach are the only ones sounding the alarm about how porn is a “public hazard of unprecedented seriousness.”

The pair parrot the language of drug hysteria, calling kids who grow up in today’s “wall-to-wall, digitized sexual images” the “new crack babies.”

They predict that porn will be worse for the world than drugs, though. The statistics are already “terrifying.”

Nine percent of porn users said they had tried unsuccessfully to stop—an indication of addiction that is all the more startling when you consider that the dependency rate among people who try marijuana is the same—9 percent—and not much higher among those who try cocaine (15 percent), according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

What are they trying to say here? Maybe the conclusion to draw is that neither porn nor marijuana are any more “addictive” than anything else.

But it doesn’t matter, because “it is a fair guess that whereas drug-dependency data are mostly stable, the incidence of porn addiction will only spiral.” They’re right—about the “guess” part. And since they cite statistics that up to 99 percent of men and 86 percent of women use porn now, just imagine what a spiraling of those numbers will look like.

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? How many children will propel, warp-speed, into the dark side of adult sexuality by forced exposure to their fathers’ profanations?

What’s behind this public health disaster? Porn is the natural result of “the sexual revolution that began a half-century ago.” That sexual revolution was okay in the ’60s, but with “gender rights and freedoms now having been established, [it] has arguably run its course.”

Wait, gender rights have been established? That’s seriously fantastic. I’m going to tell all the women, they’re gonna be psyched.

The silliness doesn’t end there. Anderson and Boteach have come up with a solution to save us from the coming a-porn-calypse: “Call it a “sensual revolution,” they say.  Do we have to? Yes, they say, and also, know that it will be very erotic. The new age will be marked by “the alloying of sex with love, of physicality with personality, of the body’s mechanics with imagination, of orgasmic release with binding relationships.”

Jeez, get a room Rabbi Smuley and Pamela Anderson!

But they end the piece on a sudden hostile note, as if sensing our reluctance to join their Sensual Revolution. Porn, they sneer, “is for losers—a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”

It’s settled, then.

We’ll leave you with a poem published by Anderson on her blog to commemorate the dawn of the Sensual Revolution (accompanied by the photo above). Read it at your own pace.

To make a woman melt from head to toe-
You must know me,
to love me in those ways.

The erogenous mind is aroused by sincere
respect, a sexy imagination, laced with dignity, mystery- and safety,

The forbidden fruit-
Never settle-
Wait for-
truth,
intimacy,
to swim in vulnerability-
is an art- few are brave enough- (those are the good ones)

I am in the DNA
of Playboy-
A centerfold, bunny,
cover girl.
Playboy in my opinion was titillatingly innocent-
sensual-
without being grossly over sexual.
It was a very ‘euro’/forward thinking -a semi nude publication-
that celebrated freedom in many ways –
beliefs and boundaries-
I will always proudly align myself with.

Porn killed Playboy
A darkness,
A mad addiction-
En-slavery in the sex industry –
Easy access to explicit pornography has infected our relationships –
our families,
our choices.
Numbing,
disorienting –
teaching bad habits, by bad example-
How to be terrible lovers –
An epidemic-
lacking the most important parts –
respect and dignity.

We need to learn to make love again. It will save us.

I, as a sensually driven woman – worry about the course we are on.
It is not sexy.

  • Decorticator

    Thank you for the well-reasoned analysis. It’s a welcome addition to the emerging debate over the impact of porn on contemporary culture. I’d just like to note that I found one of the early paragraphs confusing until I reread it a few times in the context of your overall article. Maybe it’s not a big deal, but perhaps you could change a couple of words for clarity so others don’t misunderstand what you’re saying.
    The third paragraph reads: “Anyway, details. The point is that porn definitely caused his ‘shattered marriage,’ and Anderson and Boteach are the only ones
    sounding the alarm about how porn is a ‘public hazard of unprecedented
    seriousness.’
    I think you meant “Anyway, details. The point that *Anderson and Boteach are making* is that …” When I first read that paragraph, it sounded like this was *your* point, rather than the contention of the authors.
    If this sounds overly picky, hey, I’ve been a book and magazine editor for over 25 years, so I think you’ll understand my anality. 🙂

    • Sarah Beller

      glad you got it after re-reading 🙂

  • Dev_mom

    Women turn to God, when Satan will have nothing more to do with them.

  • Shmuley Boteach – scumbag. Where to begin on that guy.

  • winsomeRefusenik

    A Motley Crue wife and a rabbi walk into a bar… to lecture people on proper erotic perception. Actually, that’s not as strange as it sounds. I learned everything I know about pleasuring a woman sexually by watching that sex tape that Heather Locklear and Meir Kahane made in the 80’s. Very angry sex. He had her wear a burka while eating out of a dog dish.

    Is it true that Pamela Anderson didn’t get hepatitis from Tommy Lee but actually got it from a Menachem Schneerson ATM? That’s not kosher, thass nasty. Pamela moaned, “Oh Menachem, you’re a God!” Then Schneerson shrugged, “So I’ve been told.”