SEXY, BABY -with- BEAUTY CULTURE

Directed by: Various

Feminism Flatlined: The New Girl Series: This documentary series explores the impact of today’s media and an increasingly sexualized culture on teenage girls and young women. Investigating issues as varied as navigating young adulthood in a world of instant-access internet porn, the bombardment of mass media images that dictate unrealistic expectations, sex-trafficking, and the killing of young girls in societies that prioritize men, these films provide a new and diverse look at the complicated and profound role women hold in modern society.

Doors open at 7pm // Suggested Donation: $8

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Sexy, Baby is a complex weave of characters and themes that explore the hot buttonissues of sex, sexiness, self-image and today's newfangled click-of-the-mouse pornography.The film follows Nakita, 32, a retired adult film star;Winnifred, 12, a bright and precocious proto-feminist; and Laura, 22, who has spent thousands on surgery to have a top-shelf "designer vagina"— who show us how social media, digital photography/videography andeasy-access internet porn have altered the way young women portray themselves and how both womenand men perceive and have sex. This trio of characters reveals a society in an age where courtship has been replaced by sexting and kids have access to online porn before Sex Ed., compelling viewers to get comfortable having those uncomfortable, yet essential, conversations(Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. USA, 2012, 85 min) 

Beauty Culture investigates our obsession with beauty and the influence of photographic representations on female body image. Film subjects hail from diverse points on the beauty landscape. Fashion photographers, child pageant stars, bodybuilders, teenagers, and intellectuals engage in a provocative dialogue that addresses the persistent "beauty contest" of daily life. (Directed by Lauren Greenfield.  USA, 2011, 30 min)

 

 

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