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Jill Bauer's and Ronna Gradus' debut documentary 'Sexy Baby' aims to show the effect readily accessible internet porn has on the elder, middle, and younger generations. The elder, retired porn actress Nikita Kash, is trying to start a family. The middle, assistant school teacher Laura, is in the beginning stages of getting a labiaplasty. The younger, privileged middle schooler Winnifred, is trying to keep her head on straight while dealing with sexualized culture and media.
There's certainly no lack of interesting material here. Porn stars will always be fascinating, whether from an entertainment or psychological standpoint, and Kash is no different. It's particularly intriguing when her boyfriend (who works in the porn industry) is around and difficult subjects arise like their future if they can't have kids or their perspective on easily accessible porn as it relates to their own potential child.
Laura's story is the saddest, yet oddly the least covered. Intimidated by guys talk about the unattractiveness of some girls' genitals, she decides to have a procedure called a labiaplasty. If you don't know what that is, you don't want to know, but it is also important that you do so you can get an idea of the kind of pressure women are under in their constant battle against image expectations--in this case due in large part to porn.
Winnifred's story gets the most air time, which doesn't make much sense in regard to interest or perspective. Winnifred is a young, naïve (granted, not as naïve as most) mind dealing with a bombardment of sexual images and expectations, but she is also dealing with tons of other issues related to adolescence. So while you get to see some of her daily struggles and triumphs relating to the issue at hand, the amount of coverage she gets winds up showing a good bit of general teen angst as well. This results in the overall film taking on this kind of coming of age teen docudrama feel. It also makes the film feel unnecessarily long and muddled, but hang in there. It's worth it.
Although I believe the filmmakers had good intentions, the problems I have with this documentary are not small. First of all, they're trying to smash deeply rooted cultural issues into an easily consumable hour and a half study sesh. If you're going to do that, maybe make your scope a bit smaller. Not only that, but they continue to put the pressure to be respected and taken seriously in society on the women--in how they dress and conduct themselves. Which ultimately caters to the reality that we're all still living in a man's world, and we're just a game piece. This is the exact opposite of female empowerment, which I genuinely think the film was trying to fight for.
One of the most hypocritical documentaries ive ever seen, Women portraying themselves as victims like always, Especially blaming the porn industry for their way of dressing and acting in public when in reality its just the new world we live in where women are out of control because theirs no one to tell them how to dress or act, its the times of freedom to express themselves the way they want and no man can tell them how to dress blah blah blah, this is your own undoing ladies!
Reasons to never have children...
Moms of young women should watch this and worry about media influences. It's changed so much since mine were 13!?!
This shows of how cultures is going to diverts people's lives to the worst mistakes of their lives!
A must watch for parents period.
The internet, coming just 20 years after cable tv, is causing a drastic shift in sexuality. 3 gals of different backgrounds and ages are profiled. Well shot & edited, this doc allows you to watch and draw your own conclusions about cause and effect. The 21st century has brought a paradigm shift.
This documentary was interesting in that you get three distinct viewpoints from different females at different ages in their lives, as well as insight into how they relate to the world, and how the world sees them. It kinda skates around being exploitative, but overall seems to have a decent middle ground approach.
Worth a rental for sure.
This was a very interesting documentary that I think is a must watch for anyone trying to raise a child in this age of technology where both boys and girls are bombarded with hypersexual images from such young ages that how we deal with it as parents becomes a daily struggle. You watch one family of girls struggle with their issues in NYC a former porn star and her take on the industry and some issues as well as some other points of view. There is a lot of very graphic language and imagery.