Pamela Anderson Gives Oxford University Lecturer Against Pornography

"When you're treated like a porn star it's not fun"

In 1995, Pamela Anderson was arguably the most famous sex symbol in the world. It was also the year she became one of the first victims of a 'celebrity sex tape scandal' when a private video was stolen from her home and distributed on the then nascent world wide web.

It is that experience – and other harrowing moments from her own life – that has inspired the 49-year-old to campaign against the dangers of pornography, a message she took to Oxford University in a lecture this week.

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"I was told due to my background I had no right to privacy. It made me feel worthless," she said of that moment in 1995.

"I'm romantic," the former Baywatch star then told the gathered students. "I am afraid that the world might forget how to make love."

"I'm not a prude, and there lays the frustration. Great sex is not porn and when you're treated like a porn star it's not fun.

"It is not fine to be slapped, called a whore and spat on – it's sick, it's hurtful, it's demeaning and it's terrible, terrible sex."

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"It's not the titillating images. It is getting violent. I'm worried about violence against women."

While science is still trying to catch up with the fact a boy of 13 can now see more sex in half an hour on his phone than most men in history managed in their entire lifetimes – and what the affects of that may or may not be – some young men are making their own minds up by giving it up voluntarily.