Today I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Brittany Huckabee, the Editor and Producer of the documentary, Sexy Baby. This documentary explores the shift in our culture that has brought sexiness to the forefront of so much of our lives, even our childhood. One key issue discussed is the way that adult entertainment has trickled into our every day lives. On this page, we’ve called it the “pornification” of our culture. I think Sexy Baby connects the dots between the pornography industry and the sexualization of children in some very important ways.
I can’t wait to see this film. Brittany told me candidly that this film doesn’t pull any punches in discussing the real struggles that girls and women face as they navigate this sexualized landscape. It was primarily made to stimulate discussions among adults about sexualization, and hopefully to allow parents to begin to think about how to address this very real issue in the lives of their children. Through the personal stories of a former porn star, a plastic surgery patient, and a 12-year-old girl, the filmmakers explore the ways that girls and women deal with the pressures of a pornified culture.
Since the film isn’t out yet, I can’t make it a positive pick, but I wanted to let you know about it. These film makers have been hard at work trying to tell an important story about how sexualization impacts real lives. Brittany and I both agreed that films can move us powerfully, can get us talking about important issues, and motivate us to respond. I often promote making media as a way to get healthy messages out. The team who created and developed Sexy Baby is a great example of people who are making a difference.
To learn more about this groundbreaking film, click here to visit their website.