Voltaire Quote

Voltaire salutes you, Pamela Anderson

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Dear Pamela Anderson,

The French writer Voltaire once noted that “A woman cultivates her mind when her beauty fades.”

This might be sexist but remember Voltaire lived before the French Revolution when women lacked education and all they had was their beauty.

Luckily for us though, Pam, times have changed and Western women are educated these days. This means we are free to cultivate our minds and our beauty at the same time.

And it’s clear this is what you have done because at fifty-two you look amazing. In fact, when you were forty-eight you graced the cover of Playboy for the fourteenth time. Imagine a woman in her late 40s posing nude during Voltaire’s era? Women back then were considered old and worn out at thirty yet you still look great in your Baywatch bikini.

Pamela Anderson's cultivated mind with Julian Assagnge

You’re an attractive woman who’s cultivated her mind for quite some time. It started in your 20s with your animal rights activism and more recently with your support for Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

You appear on talk shows dressed in white like a vegan angel to discuss Assange’s mistreatment by governments and a biased media. You also discuss the problem with third wave feminism–a risky thing to do in the #metoo era.

Your defence of Assange is particularly brave. This former guest of the Ecuadorian Embassy–now languishing in a British prison awaiting extradition to the US–was once the left-wing media’s darling. Yet they turned on him ferociously when Wikileaks released damaging information on Hillary Clinton. They now blame Assange for her 2016 election loss and utterly despise this turn of events, especially what they consider to be his part in it all.

Pam, you’re seriously pissing people off. In fact, you sent the late Senator John McCain’s daughter into meltdown on The View by defending Assange. “He’s a cyber terrorist,” she repeatedly shrieked, but you remained calm and composed, which infuriated her even more.

So please be careful or you’ll be subjected to the same media bias as everyone else who refuses to toe the conventional line.

With a bit of luck you might fly under the radar because the media usually portray you as a sex pot with few brain cells. But they underestimate you.

So bravo Pamela Anderson for having the guts to wear a bikini in your fifties, to defend your friend Assange, to stick up for animal rights, and to decry the destructive force of third wave feminism.

Voltaire would be proud of you.

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Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.