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Sexy Baby
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
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Many trends in the last decade in Americans' attitudes with regards to sexual behavior are highlighted in this film. Most of the screen time is given to an articulate young woman named Winnifred. She's really the film's voice although the other women, Laura and Nichole, provide reinforcement on issues like surgery and employment in the sex industry which Winnifred is not old enough to face. Overall I liked the film and recommend it as a way to open a dialogue.

More films need to be made on the ever changing sexual landscape and the effects it is having on all of us. This film is a good start but is a little behind the times, a little timid, and a lot incomplete. The most important for me is the last: for example, the pressures on boys is just as significant (but in different ways) as it is for girls and someone should tell that story. When I say timid I mean that there are really only allusions to specific sexual practices in the film. As an example, anal sex has become a prerequisite in heterosexual porn in the last decade or so. How did this happen and what does it mean about the expectations of people who are just beginning to have sex? As for being a little behind the times I mean that it is not only sexting, Facebook, etc. in which young (and older) Americans are engaging, but also a tremendous amount of user-created porn. Just google web cam girls, for instance, and it should quickly become apparent from the sheer number of participants that "old-school" activities like stripping have been transformed into entirely new contexts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
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The over sexualization of our society was on my mind for a long time. I do have children and I have been concerned of the danger of what I call the "Trash Culture" of cheap thrills and naked body parts... This film put it in perspective for me even more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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This excellent documentary provides an essential wake-up call vis a vis the effects of our sexually saturated media, internet, entertainment industry and advertising, especially on young women. The filmmakers skillfully draw us in by focusing on the lives of three disparate women. This is definitely not a "talking heads" movie and avoids taking a specific stand. Rather, it forces its audience to grapple with significant issues and questions. An especially important film for parents, it will have a profound impact on anyone who sees it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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Thought provoking and scary! Sexy Baby will provide you with tons of conversation material. A sick dose of reality and a must-see for anyone with Tweens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I tend to review products I like. I loved this documentary and have recommended it to others. It is well made and covers the sexualization of our culture from three different perspectives. While there is a point of view to the video, the filmmaker does a nice job of letting both sides be represented in the course of the movie. It is really good on the impact of young teens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
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I found this to be well written and well shot, this documentary solicits reflection whether your man or woman, parent, single or teenage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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This is a film that every parent should watch! This film can be a little difficult to watch and there were times that I wanted to yell at the TV because of the things that the 12 year old girl would do and what her parents allowed her to get away with. I'm planning to use this film as discussion tool with my daughter's mom so we can talk about the influences and pressures that are presented in today's society so she won't grow up to be concerned about sex and being sexy like the girls in the film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
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Overall, I think this documentary does an excellent job at portraying the issues of today's society: the over-sexualization placed on the ideal woman. Particularly seen in Winnifred, women feel pressures from society to be a certain way because of the way celebrities and public figures are depicted in the media. Sexy Baby is very well done and really shines a light on the problems we will be facing as this new generation of young girls grows up into our culture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
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This film introduces some challenging ideas about current sexuality but seems unclear about what to do after that. The film follows the arcs of three women: an ex-porn star that decides to have a baby, a woman interested in labia reconstruction surgery, and a precocious teenager from New York. These may seem like interesting threads, but the film never addresses the obvious themes it purports to investigate. These include how a baby changes a woman's body (especially important for a woman whose job is based on her body), the psychological implications of needing labia surgery, or why we should care about a smart young jewish girl in New York with rich parents. Don't waste your time on this documentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2014
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I love the idea of this documentary, and we watched it with our 11 year old daughter, along with another couple and their daughter. There are three focuses in this film. Winifred is a 12 year old who was the most relevant for us. But it was dismaying to see how permissive her parents (divorced) were with her behavior. Particularly when she's telling her dad that the NYC cabbies don't always make her pay for her rides because she blows them. Dad might be surprised, and she says she's kidding, but there's no real reaction. OMG, I would have freaked.

The second focus is a former porn star/stripper who is still involved in the industry. While her observations about how the porn industry has changed our sexual culture was illuminating, the images and the woman's language was way too raw to show to young women. It was distracting and took up too much time, particularly about her trying to get pregnant.

The third story is about a woman who feels her private parts are ugly and is in the process of getting labiaplasty. While this does open up a discussion: should you surgically alter your privates to look like a porn star's for the men you plan to be intimate with? It shies away from any exploration of this very sad state of mind. Shouldn't she give herself to a man who will value her no matter what she looks like? She has the surgery and feels better about herself. What did we learn? Well, we saw her vagina, that's for sure! Not cool.

So I have mixed feelings about this documentary, which missed the mark for us in a few ways. But it did show our daughters the dark origins of the sexuality that's in our faces every day.
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