Tits-up hypocrisy.

On 2nd September, 2016 – Pamela Anderson received torrents of abuse in response to her anti-pornography article published the previous day.

Her points on the corrosive nature of pornography, and its affect on a man’s ability to fulfil his duties as both husband and father – were rejected outright on the basis of her legacy as a global sex-symbol. The former Baywatch star’s past, it seemed, had warranted the removal of all her authority to speak on the subject.

Current adult filmmaker, Todd Fligner, branded Anderson a “hypocrite”, while pornstar Jessica Drake cited the former Playboy model’s past as a reason to discredit her stance to nothing more than an “attempt to stay relevant”. Rejection from the industry to which she took aim is hardly surprising. However, it was the public backlash which was so fundamentally disappointing.

The outright rejection of Anderson’s article – based solely on her history in the porn industry – outlines a deep flaw in society’s response to change.

For if Anderson had claimed such views on pornography before she made an established career for herself in the industry, then rightly she would be labelled as a hypocrite. However, here is a case of positive change, in which someone has deliberately moved away from their past – and yet, it is held against them as if it is their current situation.

Such an unforgiving attitude to the past, creates a community of ruthlessness – where mistakes are final and beyond repair. In the case of Pamela Anderson, it is clear that society is unreceptive to change. This creates an infertile ground for the likes of change, honesty and repentance – all features of a positive society. The effect of which only serves to damage societal growth. For if society fails to allow for the correction of wrongs, then the limit of its development will be restricted to that of its lowest mistakes.

Whereas, the removal of such a mindset, enables a platform for change. For this, a shift is needed in the focus of society away from the past and onto the future. Then a culture of acceptance is created, hence, setting the framework for growth rather than the unnatural restrictions and limitations set by condemnation.

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