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Pamela Anderson at a news conference in Paris Philippe Wojaze/Reuters

Baywatch star and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson criticised Donald Trump's attitude towards women during a speech to the Oxford University debating society.

She was taking part in a joint "Take The Pledge" event with American orthodox rabbi Shmuley Boteach, with whom she is campaigning to raise awareness of the negative effects of pornography.

"It's terrible and I've heard other men speak that way, even about me," she said of Trump's recorded remarks, in which he was heard to boast about groping women.

"It cannot be swept under the rug because how we deal with it – how he is… it's not okay.

"So I was completely offended, like everybody else, and I don't like the way he said it was just locker room behaviour, because I don't believe that's true of the men who do speak that way.

"It's got to stop, you've got to have respect for women, behind closed doors, around women and around men."

Anderson told Sky News that she is working on a book called The Sensual Revolution about the increasing disconnection between sensuality and sexuality.

She said she was aware her criticism of porn might seem hypocritical but that she was speaking out because, "I am afraid that the world might forget how to make love."

Talking about some of the material she had seen online, she told the packed chamber: "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."

In an article co-authored for the Wall Street Journal with Boteach, Anderson described pornography's "corrosive effects on a man's soul and his ability to function as a husband and, by extension, as a father.

"This is a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays.

"We 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."

The Barb Wire star, who shot to worldwide fame in the 1990s TV series Baywatch, has become known for her campaigning. Aside from her support for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), she has lent her name to causes ranging from the legalisation of cannabis, Mac Cosmetics' Aids foundation, and the Friends of the Israel Defence Force.

She also appeared on the 2103 series of Dancing on Ice and was the first celebrity to be voted off.