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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: James Houston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HJ0ZOQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,158 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LET S TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today s teenagers. Director James Houston takes us on a journey to examine trends in American society as personified by a cast of diverse characters. At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives. The film also travels to the Netherlands, where Houston compares European attitudes with America, then concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions. Real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation and archival material paint an urgent picture of American youth in crisis.

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Despite the title, the documentary Let s Talk About Sex is about what happens when people don t talk about sex a widespread problem in America s classrooms, homes and churches, according to the film. Sexual imagery permeates the culture, but many young adults are taught abstinence, leading to higher rates of pregnancy and disease than in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and France, where, according to the film, teens begin to have sex at about the same age as those in America. Let s Talk About Sex exposes some stunning ironies, such as a teacher at a high school for pregnant teen mothers pushing abstinence on the students (um, too late!) and how a teen had sex the same night as her purity ball at church. The film aired on TLC in April and is now available on DVD. --Washington Post

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The brief and well meaning documentary "Let's Talk About Sex" kicks off with a barrage of provocative images courtesy of American movies, television, and advertising. So at first, it is easy to misidentify the true intent of filmmaker James Houston. After setting the initial expectation that his film was going to be about the media influence of sexual imagery on youth, the narrative actually shifts gears into its primary goals. While the opening is surely eye-catching and attention grabbing, thus, it really has very little to do with anything that follows it. It's not a fatal flaw, by any means, but it is interesting to note that the pop cultural references that inundate our kids about sex are never discussed again--so it seems odd that Houston leads with this topic.

"Let's Talk About Sex" is really about the contradictory and inefficient ways we communicate (or don't communicate) to American youth about sex today. It's a vital and relevant topic, as our culture of repression has caused a society with proliferating teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The film ably demonstrates the fundamental flaws in an abstinence only education. As it stands in lieu of actual information, these programs oftentimes lead to the opposite results as kids become active with no background of practical knowledge. This is surely a controversial message with the ultraconservative political and religious movements (and I'm not discussing politics or religion!), but maybe it is time to address the realities of the situation with real health and emotional education.

Houston's quite valid point is that we promote two primary theories of sex with our kids--"don't do it" and "don't talk about it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By teacher on April 11, 2011
A terrific overview of sexuality in American. Every parent, teacher, faith leader, and young adult needs to see this. If we are ever going to get sexually healthy as a nation, then we have to bgin to talk honestly and openly with our children as they grow up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rroggiero427 on June 13, 2011
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I bought this dvd for two reasons: to help me in my employment (Health Department RN), and to give me more information before my daughter becomes "of age". Well worth the money spent for the knowledge gained! I have passed along the dvd to coworkers, my supervisor, and nurses who travel to the local schools to teach the children there about healthy relationships and other health related education. Thanks!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Fouquette on January 3, 2014
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I am a human sexuality instructor at a college. This was brought to my attention by an adult student with teenagers. He said it changed the way he talks to his kids about sex. I watched it on You Tube (search with "documentary" in the name) and then showed it to my class. It's a wonderful look at what a failure American culture is when it comes to educating kids about sex. It contrasts how European parents are more open and more trusting with their children about sexual issues. The result is a staggering difference in rates of pregnancy, STIs and abortion. I've been teaching for years that Americans are NOT open about sex. We're obsessed with it and ashamed of it at the same time. We're like a nation of 14 year-old boys about sex. Sex in America is a dirty joke, not a healthy, natural part of life. This film does a great job of bringing that lesson to life. Watch this with your kids. You will start a conversation that may change lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Gross on December 5, 2012
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This movie is a wonderful interpretation of how crazy America is when it comes to talking to teenagers about sex. Watch it. You'll agree. It's a GREAT film! :)
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