Pamela Anderson Pens Op-Ed on "Addictive Dangers of Pornography"
The article, titled "Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn," references former congressman Anthony Weiner's split from wife Huma Abedin following his latest sexting scandal.
Former Playboy model Pamela Anderson is asking men and women alike to stop consuming pornography.
In a new Wall Street Journal column co-written with rabbi-counselor Shmuley Boteach, the actress warns against the "addictive dangers of pornography" and uses former congressman Anthony Weiner's divorce from wife and longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin as an example of the devastating effect porn consumption can have on those "closest to the addict."
Weiner and Abedin split shortly after the New York Post published a front-page story on Weiner's latest sexting scandal. He resigned from Congress in 2011 following his first sexting scandal and attempted to make a comeback by campaigning for New York City mayor, but a second scandal, which has been documented in the film Weiner, broke in 2013.
"This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays," the column reads. "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?"
The op-ed compares porn addiction rates (between 50 percent and 99 percent among men) to those of marijuana (9 percent) and cocaine (15 percent) and relays data that shows that men have reported to have "less satisfactory intimate lives with their wives or girlfriends as a result."
"But it is a fair guess that whereas drug-dependency data are mostly stable, the incidence of porn 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," the article states. "They are the crack babies of porn."
Read the article in full here.