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Pamela Anderson Warns That 'The Crack Babies of Porn' Are Nigh

In the Wall Street Journal, the ex-Playboy model blames online-porn for Anthony Weiner's texting troubles & kids propelled "warp-speed into the dark side."

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It's weird enough trying to shoehorn Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal into a parable about online pornography. But what makes this Wall Street Journal op-ed truly bizarre is its co-author: icon of '80s fantasy Pamela Anderson. "If anyone still had doubts about the addictive dangers of pornography, Anthony Weiner should have put paid to them with his repeated, self-sabotaging sexting," the ex-Baywatch actress and Playboy model writes.

"And if anyone still doubted the devastation that porn addiction wreaks on those closest to the addict, behold the now-shattered marriage of Mr. Weiner and Huma Abedin."

Now, "porn addiction" is usually a proxy for other problems, so I would be skeptical of Anderson and her co-writer Schmuley Boteach's conclusions even if they were broadly applicable in Weiner and Abedin's case. But the fact is that there's no evidence Weiner's problems were related to online pornography, or that he even consumed it regularly. The (now myriad) sexual improprieties Weiner is accused of are all of the sexting and dick-pic sending variety.

As The Washington Post notes, "sexting between consenting adults is considered by many to be a safe form of sexual expression." But like anything that brings pleasure or fills some psychological need, this form of " electronic foreplay" can also become compulsive.

Compulsive behavior is generally rooted in the same sorts of underlying psychological issues, whether it's gambling or checking social-media or food-restriction or sexting. But Americans have a soft-spot for holding media responsible—Photoshop begets anorexia, Grand Theft Auto causes anti-social behavior, etc. And this holds especially true when it comes to sexual activity. So while people have cheated on their spouses, sent ill-advised erotic communications, and gotten-off on exhibitionism for centuries, folks for some reason want to believe that online porn is the culprit for Weiner and his kinky contemporaries.

Sample one more overwrought paragraph from the Anderson/Boteach article:

Put another way, we are a guinea-pig generation for an experiment in mass debasement that few of us would have ever consented to, and whose full nefarious impact may not be known for years. 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?

The duo also warns that "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. They are the crack babies of porn."

The crack babies of porn! (So… a media-hyped panic that turned out to be way overblown?)

Anyway, for a chaser, check out Judith Levine in the Fall issue of n+1. Levine's essay, which explores children of the 1960s and '70s (including her own) exposure to erotica and pornography and traces the roots of the anti-porn hysteria, is the perfect antidote to fact-lite, melodrama-heavy fearmongering over online porn today. She points out that while courts in the '70s and '80s wavered on the free-speech protections owed pornography, the basic premise that viewing porn caused harm to kids and teens was always just presented and taken as a given, despite there being little evidence to back it up.

Today, these untested "truths" about porn and young people have become conventional wisdom. And crusaders are using the same playbook now when it comes to adults. The science never seems to back up what they want to find, but if every infidelity, sexual compulsion, or kink can just be assumed to be attributable to porn? Who needs science and facts when we can hold these feels to be self-evident?

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115 responses to “Pamela Anderson Warns That 'The Crack Babies of Porn' Are Nigh

  1. …..she’s still alive?

    slightly OT: Less Weiner, More Johnson. How’s that for a campaign slogan?

    1. Slightly flaccid…

      1. Give it a minute. It’ll grow on you.

        1. Oh there you are Saccharin Man! Slightly related, and I happened to peruse you comment this morning:

          SugarFree|8.31.16 @ 2:43PM|#

          It had an illustrated cover with a skeletonized zombie holding a naked girl’s boob. Or maybe a naked girl with a face skinned to the bone.

          NEKRomantik (1987)

          Also, in keeping with the motif:

          Butts Wagner|8.31.16 @ 1:22AM|#

          Thanks to Sugarfree, I constantly have the weirdest boner.

          For your Wall O’ Shame, Saccharin Man.)

          1. I’m disgusted that anyone has seen that movie besides myself and presumably the people involved in it’s production.

            I fucking love horror!

            1. Both my wife and I watched it earlier this year on our Date Night (meaning, since it took a while for all the shit here to settle down.) We watched it from a doctorly POV, since suspending belief for us for horror movies can be difficult. Not to mention how hard it can be to get these types of movies, and can be even more difficult for subtitled versions (in either English or Russian).

              At any rate, we both found it actually rather disturbing, and we have pretty strong constitutions for the disturbing.

              1. If you want to take it a step further, I can recommend a few that make Nekromantic look like Sleepless in Seattle.

                1. If you suggest A Serbian Tale, I will personally kick the everlovin’ taste out of your mouth. I’ve heard enough about that film to know I do *not* want to view it (and I know for *damn* sure my wife won’t either.

                  Aside from that, suggest away…

                  1. Haha, A Serbian Tale used to be on my shocker list, but it became kind of too famous.

                    If you just want sheer what-the-fuckery, August Underground (and it’s sequels), or any of the Guinea Pig film series will make you cringe.

                    If you want something that actually has artistic merit, check out Salo.

                    1. Oh and the guy who did August Underground was a teacher at Tom Savini’s practical effects academy, so he really knows his way around some gore.

                    2. Aha! Japonija to the rescue! My wife actually digs the Nippon-Flavoured Gore (finding subtitled stuff for this is not entirely difficult – may have to go underground for a bootleg and put up with poor voice-over dubbing), since it’s *SO* over-the-top.

                      Oh and the guy who did August Underground was a teacher at Tom Savini’s practical effects academy, so he really knows his way around some gore.

                      Otlichno! When we get to view some it, will let you know. If either of us get queasy (not likely) we’ll let you know!)

                    3. If you want something that actually has artistic merit, check out Salo.

                      Coprophagia is out for the wife – one of the few things in film, either real or simulated, that tends to make her turn her head and lose her appetite (for sex). I saw half of it, never did get around to viewing the entire thing (and probably won’t).

    2. Vas deferens at this point does it make?

        1. But…but…you’re wearing….lederhosen

          1. Those aren’t lederhosen, that’s just what his legs look like.

            It’s pretty awful.

      1. That valve is the only thing that stopped my from jerking off constantly when I was 13.

        1. For me it was because I didn’t know to use lube and ended up with a fiercely irritated red stalk of broccoli.

      2. LOL. I’m still laughing at “Vas deferens”.

      3. Lot of malarchy in these comments, lot of disagreement and shade being tossed at Pamela Anderson but I don’t begrudge her having an opinion; her comments have echoed some of my own thoughts on the matter.

        I can only speak anecdotally but I’ve spent my entire virile life in the era of internet porn and I have definitely noted the tendency of over time finding oneself going further down the rabbit hole of what’s out there in the pornverse. I’ve felt shame for looking at internet porn (though that could just be cultural norm). I also have wondered if I were addicted to porn as I spent a portion of each day in my youth looking at porn since the age of 12 (which was earlier than some and later than other boys in my grade). I know I have felt the desire to wash my hands of the practice but I’ve found that more or less difficult; and in the end I’ve always come crawling back at some point weeks or months later.

        1. In all seriousness, you should be washing your hands a little more frequently.

          1. Hey man, I’m just trying to posit one non-jokey comment about the subject matter; I don’t exactly relish in the opportunity to discuss internet porn anyone. But I also would like to believe the Libertarian body has a bit of philosophical fortitude, i.e., the wherewithal to address difficult topics without prejudice.

        2. I don’t think that porn has some magical addictive quality. It just comes down to the fact that humans like sex (and facsimiles if actual sex is not an option for whatever reason).

          Besides, whether or not something is “addictive” is largely dependent on the individual’s personality. People develop unhealthy dependencies on all kinds of things: TV, Internet, food, shopping, and just about anything else you can think of. It doesn’t mean that these things are inherently harmful. It just means that this person has some kind of hole in their life that they’re trying to fill, and they’ve found something that seems to make them feel better on some level.

    3. Sort of.

      She’s more plastic now than woman. Stupid and derpy.

    4. It’s up and coming.

  2. “I have spent my entire career exploiting men’s libidos for monetary benefit, but I lack the required assets as I age. Therefore, I need a new gig. Hmmm….”

  3. But the fact is that there’s no evidence Weiner’s problems were related to online pornography, or that he even consumed it regularly.

    But he produced it. You know, in the same way teen couples produce child pornography on their smartphones. Just because the consumer market of it was narrowed to one doesn’t make it any less art.

    1. And why is pornography said to be “consumed”, anyway?

      Do we talk about “consuming” a book or movie? No! It’s always “devouring”!

      1. You obviously don’t work at Amazon

      2. “I like to watch”

        /Chauncy Gardner

  4. “sexting between consenting adults is considered by many to be a safe form of sexual expression.”

    “Of course, many are idiots.”

  5. Remember kids, sexting black and white photos makes them classier.

    1. Always show ankle to stand out from the other girls.

    2. That sounds like segregation to me.

  6. This has nothing to do with porn, and everything to do with members of the political class being narcissistic fucks who think the rules don’t apply to them.

  7. Yeah, um… She didn’t write that. I’d be surprised if she even knows her name is on it.

    1. Her massive boobs, big bleached hair and surgically-sculpted face have never been more relevant. Take that, Paris Hilton.

      1. Ugh, she has smaller implants now. Get it together.

    2. Maybe it was a different Pamela Anderson. There’s bound to be more than one person with that name.

  8. The Hep has had sex tapes released featuring her and Brett Michaels, and her and Tommy Lee, and was married to the guy who produced and starred in the Paris Hilton sex tape, so if anyone has experience in their private sexual activity becoming public, it’s her.

    1. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that she’s really bad at sexy time.

      1. Oh, and Tommy Lee can drive a boat with his dick.

        1. “drive a boat” is a euphemism I’m not familiar with

          1. Pam’s flotation devices make her pretty much a water craft, so…

  9. But Americans have a soft-spot for holding media responsible?Photoshop begets anorexia, Grand Theft Auto causes anti-social behavior, etc.

    Dishonest, Pravda-esque journalists beget either President Hillary (if their lies are effective) or President Trump (if their lies have become so ineffective that they’re the boy who cried “Hitler”).

  10. “And if anyone still doubted the devastation that porn addiction wreaks on those closest to the addict, behold the now-shattered marriage of Mr. Weiner and Huma Abedin.”

    I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU, PAM!

  11. It’s nice to see that Pamela is keeping *puts on shades* abreast of the news.

  12. Spacex was preparing to launch a broadcast satellite for the Middle East and Africa, owned by an Israeli company when it blew up.

    May I be the first to posit a crazy conspiracy theory and go for sabotage as a cause?

    1. Facebook lost a $200 million payload.

      1. These euphemisms.

  13. Like that gaping trench has anything useful to add.

  14. But the fact is that there’s no evidence Weiner’s problems were related to online pornography, or that he even consumed it regularly.

    Ok, I’m with you on the first part about a causal link.

    But the evidence that he consumed online pornography regularly is manifest:

    1. He’s a dude.
    2. He has access to the internet.

    1. Q. E. Fuckin’ D.

    2. Female co-workers are passing around pics of ‘their’ lawyers and ‘their’ doctors on their phones at lunch.
      “Isn’t he hot?”
      “Don’t you think he’s cute?”
      “What do you think mad.casual?”

      I think you’re using the internet wrong.

      1. ‘their’ doctors

        We loom large.0

        1. Oh, Maximus indeed!

  15. “Now, “porn addiction” is usually a proxy for other problems…”

    Wait, are you actually arguing that porn addiction can’t be a problem in of itself? That would be incredibly ignorant.

    1. That would be incredibly ignorant.

      Then educate us.

      Peer-reviewed research, please.

      1. Here you go:

        http://pornharmsresearch.com/w…..e_2015.pdf

        It acts like a substance addiction with dopamine being the drug.

        1. Do you have an article about porn addiction?

          1. The article I linked specifically addresses both sex and porn addictions. If you still wish, I could search for a porn-only article.

            1. I mean that was the initial assertion, correct?

              1. If referring to Carl’s post, Carl requested peer-reviewed research proving that porn addiction exists. I provided it. So, I’ve satisfied the initial assertion as far as I can tell.

        2. Not exactly relevant or in conflict with the point that was being made.

          People run and play sports obsessively to the destruction of their knees and joints. People play musical instruments or video games obsessively to the detriment of their lungs and hands. We don’t usually diagnose these people with compulsive running syndrome and tuba addiction.

          Moreover, even when the running or tuba playing is identified as being pathological it’s not seen as simply, ‘He/She just decided to play the tuba a lot.’ in juxtaposition to ‘He/She is grieving a loss and using the tuba as an outlet.’

          1. Fair point. I took umbrage with the impression that porn addiction can’t be a problem in of itself. Admittedly, the comments I’m seeing reinforced that impression. But, if I took away the wrong impression from the original statement, I apologize.

            1. I took umbrage with the impression that porn addiction can’t be a problem in of itself.

              My understanding of ENB’s position, through a libertarian lens, is that calling something an addiction (always) identifies it as either a moral failing, a disease, or both and invites all manner of socially-conservative regulator and/or licensed TOP MEN to *treat* the problem.

              Not that there aren’t people out there taking belt sanders to their genitals but that we already have doctors and laws on the books to help people who take power tools to body parts (or other compulsive behaviors) and tying tangentially sexual activity to porn and addiction is a rather blatant power-grab.

              1. is that calling something an addiction (always) identifies it as either a moral failing, a disease,

                ‘Always’ meaning (e.g.) every time a man/woman exposes themselves digitally.

              2. So it’s more of a reaction to an impulse to bring in government to solve a problem than an actual appraisal of the problem itself?

        3. In general, it is good to approach review articles with caution — they leave a lot of room for bias. With respect to this review(-ish? it does not explicitly bill itself as such, but implies that in the introduction), it is important to note that it is written more in the manner of an editorial than a review; see, for a more “proper” example on a somewhat related note, Hayes & Greenshaw 2011, for instance.

          Anyway, it mentions a couple semi-interesting VBM studies, but as the authors concede, they are not longitudinal and can’t say much in terms of causation.

          Beyond those studies, the crux of the authors’ argument with respect to porn is name-checking Nestler 2005. They don’t actually go on to discuss any porn-specific studies of the dopaminergic system.

          (continued)

          1. In fact they “rebut” “Currently, attempts to identify neurochemical pathways for sexual or pornography addiction are, at best, ‘speculative not scientific,’ according to brain researchers Reid, Carpenter, and Fong and UCLA and Brigham Young University” merely by stating what we see in people addicted to porn is the same as what we see with people addicted to drugs such as cocaine, supporting the theory that addiction to porn really is an addiction, and not merely a bad habit. The most significant areas of change are in the control and pleasure centers of the brain. without any citation.

            It acts like a substance addiction with dopamine being the drug.

            To vastly oversimplify (partly because it’s a long time because I’ve looked at the issue in depth, and partly because I don’t have time), the issue with this (common) line of argument is that it doesn’t address the matter of whether there is something particularly destructive/addictive about gambling/sex/porn in general, or if some people just have (for instance) fucked up striata and are prone to get addicted to “rewarding” things generally, whereas other people don’t, and handle those same things fine. This of course fits many/most people’s anecdotal experiences fairly well; there is also some decent scientific evidence for it, though I am not up-to-date on it.

    2. I suppose if you looked at porn all day and jerked your dick till it actually fell off, that would be a problem.

      Nobody actually does that, though.

      1. Disagree. There are middle managers for the government, members of the alt right, SIV, etc.

    3. Chafing? I mean, unless you’re paying for it, but who does that?

      1. With more extreme addictions, it’s possible.

    4. Can’t or won’t?

      Usually won’t reach the moon by flapping your arms, can’t possibly reach the moon by flapping your arms… same thing.

      English, how does it fucking work?

  16. There has always been and likely always will be people who did odd things sexually or were sex addicts or philanderers or whatever. Porn doesn’t make those people the way they are. The way they are attracts them to porn. I honestly can’t understand why so many people seem to always get the causality backwards.

    1. With respect, I disagree. We have evidence that porn use and addiction cause a kind of ‘escalation’ that leads to more extreme version of sex and porn to satisfy the sought-after high. One of the stranger examples of this affect is that gay people will start watching straight porn, despite a life-long adherence to the orientation, and will revert back to that orientation after a break from porn use.

      I can also verify this principle from personal experience.

      1. Who. Gives. A. Fuck.

        Of all the irrelevant, navel-gazing bullshit…

      2. Maybe the porn is causing the gays to go straight, or maybe the gays are not as gay as they think they are and are “gay” for reasons other than only being attracted to the same sex. Your evidence says more about the complexity of sexual orientation than it does about porn.

  17. Schmuley Boteach

    1. Hymen Lipschitz

  18. She was a 90s star, not 80s

    1. I see somebody beat me to this observation.

      1. ENB is a self-described millennial, so I assume she says “80s” to mean “mists of antiquity”

  19. But what makes this Wall Street Journal op-ed truly bizarre is its co-author: icon of ’80s fantasy Pamela Anderson.

    Pam was more of a 90’s thing. I’m old, but not that old. Jeesh.

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  21. RE: Pamela Anderson Warns That ‘The Crack Babies of Porn’ Are Nigh

    We should all take note of the wise and well thought out conclusions of the intellectual titan, Pamela Anderson. She is quite correct that porn forces people to do things they do not want to do. How many times have we heard that bank robbers were forced by porn sites to commit armed robbery? How many times have porn sites told their mindless minions to go out and kill randomly? How many times have porn sites made people get into aircraft and ram them into buildings? Too many times for my liking, dammit! For too long now, these porn sites have been controlling the minds of the weak and shallow to do their nefarious deeds. Now is the time eliminate all porn sites and make sure they never return if we are to live in a safe and lawful society. This will show the world, indeed, the little people, that such mind altering websites will not be tolerated and will be punished accordingly. After all, control is for obvious betters enslaving us only.

  22. Pamela Anderson. Jenny McCarthy. I weary of these vapid blonde twits and their fatuous causes. Their inutility as anything other than sex objects and ostentatious stupidity makes them walking arguments for reducing women to a status of chattle slavery. Fortunately most women are smarter than that, as are most mollusks.

    1. No kidding. Pamela’s entire career exists because of her gross fake tits, and her figure in a swimsuit. For someone who’s spent a lifetime soft-peddling sex in the form of mountainous cleavage and sweaty bikini’d cameltoe (not to mention really gross actual sex with one of her skanky husbands) to fingerwag about the easy availability of online porno is hilarious.

      1. No. The Marx Brothers were hilarious. This is merely tiresome. The thing that amazes me is how unattractive somebody with that much “work” done on her can be. Cher has had as much or more done, and may no longer be biodegradable, but she manags to look good. Anderson only looks like a blonde skank who should be kept on a leash.

        1. As a general rule blonde white women do not age well.

          1. There are exceptions. Have you watched THE PRODUCERS on DVD? In the extras, there are some interview segments with the woman who played Ulla (Lee Meredith). She looks BETTER than she did in1968.

          2. Also; blonde non-white women age even LESS well.

      2. Don’t forget her sex tape. Totally amateur Porn that was ‘leaked’ accidentally on purpose.

      3. Pamela’s entire career exists because of her gross fake tits,

        Actually, she got into playboy before the mutilation, and she looked pretty good when she was 18 or 19. Hasselhof never should have given her any lines, though.

        -jcr

  23. Truly, as love as golden and pure as theirs was corrupted only by the specter of online pornography, and the sinister urges it breeds. Really. Pinky swear. Pure love. Anthony and Huma 4-eva.

  24. Okay, if nobody is going to say it, I will. ‘The Crack Babies of Porn’ sounds like a good name for a band.

    1. If I recall corrctly, “crack babies” were a phenominon that subsequent study showed may never have existed in the first place. If Anderson were smart, or even sort of clever, one might suspect her of satire.

      If.

      1. There is a band called ‘leftover crack’ LOL. A band from Oklahoma I knew of years ago was called ‘pit bulls on crack’.

    2. Good name for a bad band

    3. What about “Piano Catapult?”

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  26. Jesus Christ almost everybody’s wrong about addiction, but I really thought Mrs Lee would get it. When she made a sex tape, see… I cant think of a way to finish that sentence, even as a joke. Anthony Weiner is indeed a good example, but of how much more it is about the person than the porn. Lots and and lots of dudes watch porn and don’t wantonly text penis pictures to people. It is funny how one of the few who does is a member of the parisitocracy, but there no broader social message. Sometimes a penis is just a penis.

    1. And sometimes a Weiner is just a prick.

  27. Pam is just smart enough to be a danger to herself (no big deal) and others (not cool). I’m as kinky as they come and never cared much for Porn. I prefer watching IN PERSON. Actually I prefer ‘directing traffic’ as I like to call it. So I guess I’m still left without an explanation as to how I managed to get so kinky! Frankly I don’t need to know I’m perfectly fine being shameLESS!

  28. and since when do we give a crap what any silicone bimbo has to say on matters of public policy?

    -jcr

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  30. Maybe it is just me, but did she not pose in Playboy and had a video of her and Tommy doing it.. Maybe she knows the world of porn all to well wants warn people of the dangers or maybe she may need more publicity. I feel a little hyprocritical myself.

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