After Weiner flap, rabbi, Baywatch star urge smut rethink
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After Weiner flap, rabbi, Baywatch star urge smut rethink

Shmuley Boteach, Pamela Anderson write Wall Street Journal op-ed denouncing pornography, calling for social change

Shmuley Boteach and Pamela Anderson linked the latest Anthony Weiner scandal to what they call the dangers of pornography. (Wikimedia Commons)
Shmuley Boteach and Pamela Anderson linked the latest Anthony Weiner scandal to what they call the dangers of pornography. (Wikimedia Commons)

Former Playboy centerfold and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and self-appointed rabbi to the stars Shmuley Boteach penned a joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (paywall) on Wednesday, warning of the dangers of pornography and citing the repeated sexting scandals of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

“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 duo wrote in a piece titled “Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn.”

Weiner, the Jewish former New York representative politician who has become a sexting joke that refuses to go away, was back in the news earlier this week amid reports that he sent a lewd photo of a bulge in his underwear to a woman while his 3-year-old son was sleeping next to him.

“From our respective positions of rabbi-counselor and former Playboy model and actress, we have often warned about pornography’s corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father,” they continued. “This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays.”

Anthony Weiner in the documentary 'Weiner' (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)
Anthony Weiner in the documentary ‘Weiner’ (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin has been campaigning with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, sent the picture on July 31, 2015, according to the New York Post, which on Monday published the picture and a series of cringe-inducing, emoji-laden online exchanges with an unnamed woman.

Hours after the fresh sexting revelations were published, Abedin announced she and Weiner were splitting.

“How many talented men will scrap their most important relationships and careers for a brief onanistic thrill?” asked Anderson and Boteach.

The solution, they wrote, was for a “sensual revolution.”

“The sensual revolution would replace pornography with eroticism — the alloying of sex with love, of physicality with personality, of the body’s mechanics with imagination, of orgasmic release with binding relationships. In an age where public disapproval is no longer an obstacle to personal disgrace, we must turn instead to the appeal of self-interest.”

The two conclude by saying: “[W]e must educate ourselves and our children to understand that porn is for losers — a boring, wasteful and dead-end outlet for people too lazy to reap the ample rewards of healthy sexuality.”

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