Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Sexy Baby Documentary: Sexiness and the Cyber Age


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.

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2 comments on “Sexy Baby Documentary: Sexiness and the Cyber Age

  1. talia99
    June 5, 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing this Jennifer. The trailer was so disturbing to me that I can only imagine how powerful the movie will be. Generation XXX indeed! There is so much work to be done to eradicate, educate and support our kids through this era.

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      June 5, 2012

      I found it disturbing too. I’m sure the movie will be as well. Brittany told me that it is akin to MissRepresentation, but with some of the content focused on the mainstreaming of the adult entertainment industry, there will be things in there that shake people. She was careful to mention that this version is not for kids, although some parents may take their older kids (14 and up) to see it in order to begin the conversation about pornography and sexualization. I think that would be a highly personal decision. I think this film is provocative, but hopefully in a way that gets parents and adults talking about the very real issues that kids are facing when it comes to sexualization. I agree with you 100%, so much to be done, and thankfully there are a lot of us working on figuring out how to help educate and support both parents and kids as they deal with these issues.

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