Sexy Baby: Sexiness & The Cyber Age

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We are constantly amazed at the challenges girls are presented with today. When we were growing up things just didn’t seem as complicated. With the Internet and social media bringing sex and sexual content right into our homes, we have often wondered what the impact is on young girls and women today. The new feature documentary film, Sexy Baby, gives us an inside look into the new cultural shift taking a hold of America. Intimate, candid conversations and personal storytelling expose this new reality. It is shocking and disturbing, but also a wake up call.

About the Directors
Co-Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus met while working at the Miami Herald when they began to play around with the idea of creating a documentary film. Starting with a small test camera, they were able to see how quickly people would open up about sex, relationships and the shift technology seemed to be creating in peoples lives. “With a taste of what adventures could be ahead, we took the crazy plunge, left our jobs and put on directors’ hats. Because we had never worn these hats before, the next three years were exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, scary and hilarious… sometimes all at the same time. And we made it to the finish line!”

Jill BauerJill Bauer, Co-Director, Producer, Sound Operator, was 15 when she landed her first interview with Barbara Walters and was so taken by the interview process that she never stopped asking questions. Bauer is a Hearst and SPJ award-winning journalist and has written for and edited several magazines and newspapers including Esquire, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, and launched Smart Kid, and is the author of  From “I Do” to “I’ll Sue”: An Irreverent Compendium for Survivors of Divorce.

Ronna GradusRonna Gradus, Co-Director, Producer, Director of Photography, was born and raised in New York City. Since a young age she loved to watch people, so when a camera was placed in her hand a documentarian emerged. She graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and began her career as a photojournalist. Most notably she was a staff photographer at The Miami Herald. While there, she was sent on several assignments in Cuba and covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Sexy Baby will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets go on sale April 10, 2012.

  • JA

    As a woman in my early 40’s who thoroughly enjoyed my innocent childhood, middle school and high school years, I actually feel really sad for kids/teens today. They are victims of information/image overload. There is nothing left to their imaginations and worse they are confronted by unrealistic and unattainable images that can surely wreak havoc on their developing psyches. It must make parenting even more difficult.

  • WYSK

    Just read an interesting article today on Forbes Woman about the impact of Social Media on low self esteem and poor body image, specifically in girls and women.

    In the article, Dr. Harry Brandt, director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, said, “In this age of modern technology and constant access to SmartPhones and the internet, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove themselves from images and other triggers that promote negative body image, low self-esteem and may ultimately contribute to eating disorders.”

    Here is the link:

    Thought this was fitting to share coupled with today’s post.

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  • Millie

    I read and watched this post yesterday and again today, and I am still in shock about what the young girls and women of today are up against. I thought I had it tough raising my two girls in the 70’s when things were beginning to change, and I felt the values I taught them in our home were being compromised by outside influences. But the 21st century has started out so technologically advanced that even the strickest of parents are not able to control what is presented to their children day-in and day-out. I feel so very sorry for the young girls of today and for their parents.

  • Gargouille

    I’m thinking Marilyn Monroe (because of the recent–and excellent!–film), Garbo (totally constructed look), and Grable (“Pin Up Girl”…need I say more). Are these requirements really new? What may be new is the ability to have them produced surgically. That is another level of social horror but it differs from the corset and “miracle” bra only be degree, not type.

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