Pamela Anderson partners with rabbi to tell people 'porn is for losers'

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Pamela Anderson Writes Op-Ed Denouncing Porn

It sounds a bit like the set-up to a joke, somehow: Pamela Anderson and a rabbi pen an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal urging people to give up porn.

This is not a joke, though, especially not for Anderson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The two made an impassioned plea in the Opinion pages of Thursday's Journal, pegged to Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal, that pornography has "corrosive effects on a man's soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father."

Anderson and Boteach continued with: "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?"

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(Original Caption) Malibu, California: Pamela Anderson at television's Baywatch Celebrities Surfing Event. (Photo by �� Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 22: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the 35th Annual 'Hollywood Stars Night' Celebrity Baseball Game on August 22, 1992 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
134339 03: Pamela Anderson poses August 25, 1992 on Malibu Beach, CA. Anderson is a model and actress playing a role in the tv show Baywatch. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
134339 05: Pamela Anderson poses August 25, 1992 for photographers at Malibu Beach, CA. Anderson is a model and actress playing a role in the tv show Baywatch. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1268 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Pamela Anderson during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 21, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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01/15/00. Culver City, CA. Pamela Anderson Lee with her kids Brandon & Dylan attending the Mtv's BALL2K a new interactive, futuristic game based on the skills of baseball. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA Inc.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1787 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Pamela Anderson during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 28, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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April 2000: Canadian actor Pamela Anderson Lee smiles as she signs autographs at the Internet World 2000 event, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, April 5-7, 2000. She is wearing a black midriff top and a rhinestone choker. Her armband tattoo of barbed wire is visible. (Photo by Chris Bergman/Fotos International/Getty Images)
E367078 04/04/2000 West Hollywood, CA. Pamela Anderson Lee arrives at Red Herring''s LA launch party held at Chateau Marmont. Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison
NO BELGIUM, NO FINLAND, NO FRANCE, NO GERMANY, NO GREECE, NO HOLLAND, NO ITALY, NO JAPAN, NO MALAYSIA, NO MEXICO, NO NEW ZEALAND, NO NORWAY, NO POLAND, NO SPAIN, NO SWEDEN. E367170 March 31, 2000. Los Angeles, CA. 'V.I.P.' star Pamela Anderson at Staples Center for the Lakers game. MANDATORY CREDIT: Tom Hauck/Allsport/Online USA, Inc.
Pamela Anderson during Pamela Anderson Lee and Natalie Raitano Pull the Switch at the Celebstreet.com Internet World Spring 2000 Trade Show Booth at LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Pamela Anderson on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca., Friday, Sept. 21, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Kid Rock & Pamela Anderson during 'Spankin New Music Week' on MTV's 'TRL' - November 9, 2001 at MTV's Time Square Studio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Pamela Anderson & Kid Rock attending the 2001 MTV; Video Music Awards @ Lincoln Center, New York City (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
399369 12: Actress Pamela Lee and Kid Rock attend the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 15: Pamela Anderson, National Television Awards 2002, Royal Albert Hall, London (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musician Kid Rock and actress Pamela Anderson attend the American Liver Foundation's S.O.S. ride to raise money for Hepatitis C research on October 27, 2002 in Hawthorne, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Pamela Anderson during Pamela Anderson Signs Copies of her New Book 'Star: A Novel' at Barnes and Noble - Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson attend Marquee Sundance 2005 Party Friday at Lean Cuisine Lounge in Marquee on January 21, 2005 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chance Yeh /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson at Motorola Lodge during 2005 Park City - Motorola Lodge in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Pamela Anderson and David LaChapelle at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 5: Photographer David LaChapelle and actress Pamela Anderson attend the launch party for 'Blue Magazine,' a new luxury lifestyle publication at Concorde Lounge on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson during MAGIC Marketplace 2005 - Opening Day at The Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 16: Model/actress Pamela Anderson pulls the handle on a slot machine in her name sake at The Palms Resort Casino in on Feburary 16, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 19: (L-R) Pamela Anderson, Valentino Garavani and Lindsay Lohan attend Valentino Fragrance Launch 'Valentino V' at the Four Seasons in New York at Four Seasons Restaurant on May 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson (Host of Fashion Cares) at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Pamela Anderson (Host of Fashion Cares) during 2005 Viva Glam Fashion Cares Sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics at Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 11: Pamela Anderson attends a special, 'Donald J. Trump Birthday Quarter Million Dollar Giiveaway' celebration June 11, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
Jimmy Kimmel and Pamela Anderson during Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson - Show at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Australian cricket player Shane Warne and Actress Pamela Anderson pose during the Miss Green Valentines Day party at Carousel on February 14, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Teuma/Getty Images)
Actress Pamela Anderson and photographer David LaChapelle arrive to the Shaun White Olympic Gold Medal Victory Party at club LAX in Hollywood. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson during Pamela Anderson News Conference for Mac Viva Glam AIDS Fund Campaign at Brown Thomas in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phillip Massey/FilmMagic)
LONDON - JUNE 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actress Pamela Anderson (C) poses semi-nude during PETAs Humanitarian Awards, hosted by Anderson, at Stella McCartney Shop on June 28, 2006 London, England. In front is a sign that reads, 'We'd rather bare skin than wear skin.' (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actress Pamela Anderson attends PETAs Humanitarian Awards hosted by Pamela Anderson, at Stella McCartney Shop on June 28, 2006 London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actress Pamela Anderson (C) poses semi-nude during PETAs Humanitarian Awards, hosted by Anderson, at Stella McCartney Shop on June 28, 2006 London, England. In front is a sign that reads, 'We'd rather bare skin than wear skin.' (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Usher and Pamela Anderson during Tao Las Vegas New Year's 2007 Celebration Hosted by Pamela Anderson and Pauly Shore Featuring Usher and Jamie Foxx at Tao in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Pamela Anderson and Hugh Hefner attend the Playboy Legacy Collection launch event at Republic on January 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 16: Magician Hans Klok (L) and actress Pamela Anderson pose backstage at his 'Hans Klok - The Beauty of Magic' show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino August 16, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Klok and Anderson announced that she would extend her run as his assistant through December 8, 2007. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Stage Entertainment)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Sapporo Breweries Presents Kanye West's Album Toast at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino September 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on September 9, 2007 in LasVegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives at the premiere of the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction' at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino September 20, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The film opens nationwide in the United States on September 21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 21: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the selling of her Dodge Viper for USD 65,000 with part of the proceeds going to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino June 21, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LAS VEGAS - JULY 05: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Magician Criss Angel (L) and actress Pamela Anderson attend Anderson's birthday at LAX Nightclub on July 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
PARIS - MARCH 06: Pamela Anderson walks the runway at the Vivienne Westwood Ready-to-Wear A/W 2009 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week at Couvent des Cordeliers on March 6, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives for the 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards at Armand Hammer Museum on October 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1002' - In week two of 'Dancing with the Stars,' all of the couples returned to dance their second routines in a two-hour show, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA ANDERSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW - 'Episode 1002A' - On the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,' the first couple of the season was eliminated, when 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show' aired in its new time period, TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:00p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images) SHANNEN DOHERTY, MARK BALLAS, KATE GOSSELIN, TONY DOVOLANI, PAMELA ANDERSON, DAMIAN WHITEWOOD
DANCING WITH THE STARS - In week three of 'Dancing with the Stars,' the remaining couples return to the stage, MONDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Chris Chavira/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA ANDERSON, DAMIAN WHITEWOOD
DANCING WITH THE STARS - In week three of 'Dancing with the Stars,' the remaining couples return to the stage, MONDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA ANDERSON, DAMIAN WHITEWOOD
DANCING WITH THE STARS - In week four of 'Dancing with the Stars,' the remaining couples return to the stage, MONDAY, APRIL 12 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA ANDERSON
US model and actress Pamela Anderson (C), surrounded by airport officials and security guards, reacts after arriving at the international airport in Mumbai on November 15, 2010. Anderson will participate as a celebrity guest in the 4th season of 'Big Boss', a hugely popular Indian television reality show. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 08: Pamela Anderson takes part in a promotional event in a mall on November 8, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Anderson is in Israel after writting to Yakov Margi, Israel's Minister of Religious Services, requesting that he backs a proposal to ban the trade of fur in Israel. The actress and animal activist is also due to appear as a guest judge on Israel's Dancing with the Stars. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
LONAVALA, INDIA � NOVEMBER 19: Salman Khan , Indian Bollywood actor and host of Indian reality television show Bigg Boss with former 'Baywatch' star Pamela Anderson on the sets of the reality show Bigg Boss 4 at Lonavala, in India. Anderson is a wild card entry as a celebrity guest in the 4th season of 'Big Boss', a hugely popular Indian television reality show, touted as the Indian version the hugely popular British show 'Big Brother. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Dallas SuperBash 2011 presented by Willis and Woy Sports Group held at the Fashion Industry Gallery on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MARINA DEL REY, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Sea Shepherd's Operation Zero Tolerance Antarctic whale defense campaign press conference launch at Fisherman's Village on November 2, 2012 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Pamela Anderson attends The Pamela Anderson Foundation launch co-hosted by Dame Vivienne Westwood in support of Cool Earth at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Pamela Anderson Foundation)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Pamela Anderson attends the Vanity Fair And Armani Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/VF14/WireImage)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives World Music Awards 2014 at Sporting Monte-Carlo on May 27, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Pamela Anderson attends the Mercy For Animals 15th anniversary gala at The London on September 12, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 29: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Mercy For Animals Presents The Hidden Heroes Gala at Unici Casa on August 29, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Designer Amelie Pichard, actress Pamela Anderson, and son Brandon Thomas Lee attend the Amelie Pichard/Pamela Anderson preview at Opening Ceremony on December 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Pamela Anderson is seen at LAX on December 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 31: Pamela Anderson attend New Years Eve 2015 at FIFTY Ultra Lounge at Viceroy Hotel Spa on December 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Pamela Anderson arrives at the Saint Laurent show at The Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Pamela Anderson (C) and sons Brandon Lee (L) and Dyland Lee (R) attend Saint Laurent at Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the LA launch party for Prince's PETA Song at PETA on June 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Brandon Thomas Lee and Pamela Anderson attend the Los Angeles launch event for Prince's PETA song held at PETA on June 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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These arguments are as old as the concept of pornography. The specter of what might happen after porn was accepted (though not widely discussed) in mainstream society was raised most pointedly in a Premiere magazine story on the Adult Video News Awards in 1998: "The more acceptable in modern culture it becomes, the farther porn will have to go in order to preserve the sense of unacceptability that's so essential to its appeal," David Foster Wallace wrote.

Anderson and Boteach focus on the effects on the men of society, an interesting choice given the American Psychological Association statistics they cite that up to 86 percent of women watch porn. These women, the two wrote, tend to go in for "less explicit" fare, and report more satisfactory sexual relationships. Not so the men.

The pair aren't trying to get back to some prurient past; rather, they see porn as a tool whose usefulness has run its course.

"We must educate ourselves and our children to understand that porn is for losers," they conclude. "A boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality."

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