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Pamela Anderson calls for a “sensual revolution” to eradicate terrible sex

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She was one of the biggest sex symbols of a generation – and now Pamela Anderson is calling for a “sensual revolution” in how men and women treat one other in the bedroom.

In a new interview, the former Baywatch actress, Playboy model and animal rights activist says that she worries that hardcore pornography is “damaging intimate relationships” and “dehumanising” the people who watch it.

She adds: “The sexual revolution had its good points, but it also gave us really bad sex.”

Anderson says she has experienced first-hand the way in which real-life sex can be influenced by a certain type of porn.

“I’ve been in experiences where I’m with a man I love and all of a sudden, he’s flipping me around, slapping me, spitting on me, calling me a whore,” she tells the Evening Standard. “What the hell? This is terrible sex! Get an imagination and call me back afterwards.”

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“The sexual revolution had its good points, but it also gave us really bad sex”: Pamela Anderson in Baywatch in 1993.

Anderson posed on the cover of Playboy 14 times, and was the last woman to appear nude in the magazine for its January/February 2016 issue. (It was announced in October 2015 that Playboy was to stop featuring full-frontal nudity, in part because it could no longer compete with online porn sites.)

However, she says that she sees a major difference between “titillating, innocent” Playboy-style pornography and the hardcore content freely available on the internet. Her campaign for a “sensual revolution” was in part inspired by her sons, Brandon (20) and Dylan (18), whom she overheard talking to their friends about “hooking up” with girls.



“I said ‘If you disrespect women, you disrespect me. That’s not what love looks like. You have to be in a monogamous relationship to have a sexual experience’,” she says. “And they’re like ‘woah! OK!’”

So far, psychologists haven’t come to a conclusion about whether extensive porn use can be classified as an addiction. However, several studies appear to support Anderson’s suggestion that watching hardcore porn can have a negative impact on real-life relationships.



A 2014 study of 400 online pornographic videos published in the Journal of Sex Research found that while porn objectifies and dehumanises both men and women, women were depicted as submissive sex objects more frequently.

Another analysis of hundreds of best-selling porn scenes found that 88% included physical aggression towards women. Almost half involved name-calling and other kinds of verbal aggression – again, overwhelmingly directed at the women in the scenes.

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Anderson with her sons, Brandon and Dylan, who she says partly inspired her campaign against hardcore porn.

In the UK, Anderson has a kindred spirit in Dame Jenni Murray, who recently called for the introduction of “gender lessons” in schools – where teenagers would be taught that online pornography doesn’t represent ‘normal’ sex.

“Why not show them pornography and teach them how to analyse it?” the host of BBC Woman’s Hour said at the Cheltenham Literature Festival earlier this month. “So then at least those girls know and all those boys know that normal women do not shave, normal women do not make all that noise those women make – they are making all that noise because they need a soundtrack on the film.”

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Moya is Women’s Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, podcasts and politics. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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