Ignorance is bliss. Sometimes, when I look at the sky, I come to either two immediate desires- either floating up into the sky forever like 2001: Space Odyssey, or burying my head in the sand. Anything in-between is unacceptable, because that means dealing with things like “problems” and “issues” and “societal malfunction and collapse.”
Unfortunately, I don’t have a choice. By trade, I must explore the Internet, and by trade, I must report on the seedy underbelly of, well, what is happening everywhere.
So it isn’t exactly the seedy underbelly. Because no matter how we want to handle it, or avoid it, porn, sex, and children are everywhere.
Now this whole topic stirs thoughts of immediate frustration and excitement (if you are a teenager, or dread, disapproval and probably fear if you are a parent of a teenager).
The fact is, our overly-sexualized media has changed the very understanding of how we take in information, and what we must do to cipher it. No longer can we ignore the problem by pretending it is part of the seedy underbelly. Overt sex is everywhere, and instead of skipping the problem, we must lean to process it.
The new documentary ‘Sexy Baby’ chronicles three females. I say females because one of the main real-life personalities here is Winnifred, a self-aware witty 12 year-old who is in the early stages of processing sex culture.
On the other scale is Nichole, an aging stripper who teaches pole-dancing lessons to housemom’s and teen girls for high prices. Rounding out the core of the film is Laura who literally (this is happening) is getting labia surgery to make her vagina look, um, better, I guess.
The film is really trying to shed a light on the processing of sex. With some proper wording in a Google search, kids are just a lousy unhidden step away from the most perverse sexual imagery (and videos!) that has ever been available.
There is little doubt that is unhealthy, but stopping the train of society is impossible. So now we have to cut our losses and learn how to properly process this information. It must stop where young girls are acting out this in the day to day activities of their own life. The imagery won’t go away, but if processed properly, we can limit the effect it has on youth culture.
Without sounding like a preachy old man, we must learn to understand before we learn to fix.
View the trailer below for some clarity.
Now where is my sandbox?
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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