Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Sexualization of Youth - A Fabulous Documentary

Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence is a fantastic 35 minute documentary from the National Film Board of Canada.

Description: Sophie Bissonnette's documentary analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize the unhealthy culture surrounding our children, where marketing and advertising are targeting younger and younger audiences and bombarding them with sexual and sexist images. Sexy Inc. suggests various ways of countering hypersexualization and the eroticization of childhood and invites us to rally against this worrying phenomenon.

1 comment:

  1. While I don't agree that belly shirts and knee-high boots automatically equal prostitution, I do appreciate the dialogue about girls' sexuality in the film.

    It's easy to forget how impressionable we were/are as teens and it seems that in adulthood, we sometimes forget just how traumatic some of the ideas imposed upon us were... It's like we forget that those ideas are just as powerful and just as dangerous for the generations that follow. Without films like this one, it's a bit easier to leave young girls behind to fend for themselves in the age of overt and sometimes ruthless hypersexuality. This should not be allowed to happen so long as we have eyes ears and voices to with which to advocate! I think young girls would do best if they are encouraged to respond critically to images of female sexuality in the media and are defended when their ability to do so is questioned by the money hungry market.

    A very good documentary...