Sexy Inc.

Our Children Under Influence

35 minutes 6.8/10 based on 46 votes

This short documentary analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people.

Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize the unhealthy culture surrounding our children, where marketing and advertising are targeting younger and younger audiences and bombarding them with sexual and sexist images. Sexy Inc. suggests various ways of countering hypersexualization and the eroticization of childhood and invites us to rally against this worrying phenomenon.

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  • Kim

    why does everyone talk about only changing girls behaviour and attitudes toward relationships? Why not the boys perceptions and attitudes and behaviour as well? If it seems like its ok for guys to be this way then how will girls know to not tolerate it and expect to be treated with respect?Why not teach boys to be respectful?

    • TG

      You’re exactly right! Why can’t people, of all ages, wear whatever they want?! It’s about time we took the focus off girls, and put it on boys. It’s the way society is now. When people, namely males, let go of this sexist outlook that they’ve been brought up with, then society can move on and people can realize that woman can wear whatever the hell they want, “sexually suggestive” or not!

      • Harriet

        I think you’re absolutely right that boys should be taught not to be sexist. And girls should be able to wear what they like. But, girls should also be taught to question why they would want to dress in a sexually suggestive way. I mean, dressing up for occasions is fun. But I think it’s vain to do it all the time, and also quite sad that girls feel the need to do it – and who are they really doing it for?

  • Steven

    This gave the impression of a few prudish women with masculinity complexes bitching about women who are better adapted to their femininity and their sexuality.  I wish those people would form a commune and let the rest of us get on with life.

    • Lacey

      They’re talking about CHILDREN, not “women who are better to their femininity and their sexuality.” Did you even listen to this film? 

      • Steven

        They are talking about adolescents who are in the process of adapting to their femininity and sexuality.  Prudish women with masculinity complexes are the worst possible people to listen to on this issue, they are more likely to encourage gender maladaptation for rationalised ideological reasons.  Also, the resentment of such women for WOMEN who are feminine and sexy does repeatedly come to the surface in the film.

        • anomynous

          For your info its not just women discussing this its children too, and men. Didn’t you watch the film?

          • steven

            i suppose it is obvious that it is principally women.

  • tony

     i see a bunch of unhappy women who are just pissed that they are not sexy anymore ?
    as far as the kids and porn – parents do your job and raise your children and stop letting the internet and tv do it for you – and as far the adult porn industry if u dont like it dont watch it ?

    • Tim

      ” i see a bunch of unhappy women who are just pissed that they are not sexy anymore” I agree 100% with this. The truth is older women can not stand the attention younger women get..This is a deep rooted issue that most females will never admit but is obvious..good points all around…

  • KellyL

    society’s opinion on what is sexy keeps changing. of course we see these clothes as slutty because we are looking at them as people who had different fashion trends growing up. then and now, kids want to look good. it isn’t just a recent thing that girls are being encouraged to dress sexy. they have always wanted that, but the idea of what constitutes sexy changes. we complain about these kids dressing like sluts and valuing how they look, and when they grow up they will see what their kids are doing and think that’s horrible too. let them dress as they like. the only ones who are going to think it’s a sign of being a slut are  adults, for the kids it’s just fashion.

    • Anomynous

      you have a point. None of these older people seem to remember that in the 70’s and 90’s crop tops and showing midriff was in fashion than. But today they make them out to be so trashy.

  • these comments speak volumes as to how brainwashed women as a whole are today. there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the mere thought that we as women are contributing to our own downfall. you can rationalize all you want that your behavior is normal and acceptable, and that only “ugly, masculine” women don’t want to be looked at as sex objects. the bottom line is we are programmed to be male fantasies from the second we are born, and no matter how smart or talented you are, you are still just another piece of ass. period. it’s all that matters in this world. so go ahead, and keep on defending your behavior and be a plaything. keep on dressing your 12 year olds up as whores and know that when 45 year old men look at them they are thinking of f*cking them. buy the stripper shoes and get a boob job, and keep on telling yourself it’s for your self esteem. you are prostituting yourself. keep it real.

  • jamie

    these comments speak volumes as to how brainwashed women as a whole are today. there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the mere thought that we as women are contributing to our own downfall. you can rationalize all you want that your behavior is normal and acceptable, and that only “ugly, masculine” women don’t want to be looked at as sex objects. the bottom line is we are programmed to be male fantasies from the second we are born, and no matter how smart or talented you are, you are still just another piece of ass. period. it’s all that matters in this world. so go ahead, and keep on defending your behavior and be a plaything. keep on dressing your 12 year olds up as whores and know that when 45 year old men look at them they are thinking of f*cking them. buy the stripper shoes and get a boob job, and keep on telling yourself it’s for your self esteem. you are prostituting yourself. keep it real.

    • steven

      Let’s bear in mind that gender is rooted in biology, so not a great deal of “programming” or “brainwashing” is necessary. All normal human beings (of both sexes), want to be “looked at as sex objects”, and most of us are comfortable in the knowledge that being sexually attractive does not preclude us from developing other sides of ourselves as well. You’re never “just a piece of ass”. Being sexual and desirable is something we need to be fulfilled as whole persons. That does’nt mean you have to wear high heels and have a boob job – most women who are well adapted to their gender and sexuality (that is, most women period) obviously do not do those things. We all have our complexes, so there will always be a minority of women with masculinity complexes. There is nothing wrong with that, and it does’nt justify hurling distorted ideology at the rest of us.

      • jamie

        what are you talking about? of course gender is rooted in biology- that has nothing to so with sexual exploitation. wake up. look around you. if you do not see a problem you are further proving my point.

        • steven

          Well, “exploitation” is a highly ideological word. And it is by no means simply self evident that there is “a problem”. You need a specific ethico-ideological standpoint from which to pass such judgements. But the idea that people who dress or act in certain ways because it is important to them to be desirable to the opposite sex are “exploited” is pretty implausible.

          • Anomynous

            Why can’t people care about more valuable things than being sexy? And there are people who are interested in the film. I think its crude to call the Sexy Inc. women jealous with masculine complexions because they want young girls to find a man that respect them and not useless losers.

            • steven

              First: I did’nt actually criticise their complexions; i restrained myself about that. 2nd: I insist that men can and do respect women that they find attractive. It is not a prerequisite of respectability that you are unappealing sexually! 3rd: I myself was “interested in the film” – hence my too many responses! 4th: When women in traditionally male roles are especially troubled by attractive women – that just stinks of masulinity complex.

    • Anomynous

      No, I don’t want my 12 year old to dress like the whore, and I don’t want women to be seen as objects. But these women are so conservative and judgmental. They probably think even Kelly Clarkson is an bad influence. They let a picture on the shopping bag take power over them. Even though it’s as child friendly as it gets and a drawing. I don’t want women to be seen as objects, but I want them to celebrate being a women, and to show a little bit of skin. We don’t want to shame them. And teach them to make a big deal over a drawing, because the girl on there was wearing something other than an heavy weight t-shirt and jeans. They alson said that the girl in the tank top looked like a pornstar. Practically all females wore tank tops. They want us to dress like we’re 40 years old.

  • ShelleySargent

    I see a LOT of items in the girls section while shopping for my daughter that shock me – and Im no prude! Why does my 5yr old need clevage baring dresses? She has no breasts! I would love to wear some of the outfits that they have for girls, but at the same time don’t think those items should be for girls. My daughter (now 8) dresses well, in trendy clothes that still manage to cover her chest and stomach. She wears short shorts but that’s really only because she still fits 5t and well, she’s as tall as an 8yr old!
    Now the Hot Pink being a sexualized color —- WTF? Girls love pink, all shades and now even BOYS like pink! How the hell do they get that? Pull the stick out of your ass folks! Such a good show and pretty dead on with my views, but comments like this just totally trash any credibility!

  • SS

    Oh and Bratz – ugh! We dont allow them in our home. But the Bratz Babies are the worst – in real life no one, NO ONE dresses their babies like that! If they do – they should be looked into for other “issues”. Eew!

  • Leerwesen

    These “experts” talk as if this is a new thing… In the 90s I looked at porno mags (granted, the internet gives you way more porn, but there’s no “lock” on a magazine) took Polaroids that would be considered Kiddie Porn (today it’s easier with cell phones, but not all that different) and wore crop tops with stuff like “69” on it. A baggy shirt would easily be turned into little more than a bra by tying up the bottom part at chest height…. Either the “experts” were under a rock or they are trying to hype up this issue for their own gain.

    Adults sexualizing kids is WRONG – but kids are curious people and puberty brings about sexual feelings. If an adult is lusting after a minor it shouldn’t matter if they’re wearing a boob top or a burka.

  • Roy

    Sheeple gonna sheeple. Been sheepling for 10,000 years. Why waste a moment’s worth of thought trying to stop them? It’s like trying to convince starlings not to flock.

    Moreover any person, be they male or female, with the sort of brain that invents, creates and revolutionizes will burn through cultural bologna like this on their own without any help from sexually repressed feminist mediocrities.

  • Madsen

    The title of this should be: “Girls don’t want to see other girls beeing sexual.”

    How about insted, we reaise our kids NOT to care about what other people do and think about them. Just be yourself and don’t let anyone influence you that you don’t want to…. oh, no. Sorry. Then socialism wouldn’t work. They want young people to do what “soeciety” tells them to do, they just don’t agree with the current message.

  • Biffany

    I am really on the fence about this. I played with Barbie as a child and I don’t even wear make-up nor dress overly sexy. I don’t see why we should cover the naked human body, showing it isn’t necessarily slutty. I agree that it is important to teach people to be critical and have self-respect. I don’t think teenagers who want to be sexual should be ashamed either, their bodies want them to be sexual, but the media places sex on such a high pedestal that it seems inaccessible to certain people who don’t fit the mold and those who are engaging in sexual activity are basing themselves on porn.

  • Anomynous

    Why are they making a big deal over the drawing on the shopping bag? Just because they didn’t draw church clothes on the girl. What is the bag suppose to look like? There nothing wrong with the picture. Its just a drawing. Why do they have to be so conservative? They are pissed off that any women that wears something semi sexy.

  • The fact that they overdub some french and then subtitle others and is driving me nuts. Can we just have one or the other

  • Lolita

    This is ridiculous.

    I wrote a blog about it, check it out if you can be bothered haha.

    http://delilahsangels.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/sexchildren/

  • Hmmmmmm…….

    Baby Bratz?? WTF is that about? Some seriously sick shite. Dread to think what the marketing execs were discussing in their meetings when they were first floating this concept!!!!

  • Lifeelixirs

    I humbly predict.. because of the basic emotional/healthy sexual needs of women not being met and also humiliation is taking place as a standard, there will be rise of violent crimes against men..
    I believe the only thing why it is not yet taking place is because women are wired to be nurturers and not aggressive. This all is about to backfire in epic ways..Nature always finds ways to balance things..

  • Bella Button

    The shameless companies know sexiness sells for young girls these days. Its not being prudish to be concerned about your young girl being exposed to sexualised influence. They are children. Once sexuality starts to influence them it takes off.
    Its all about self respect, being individual ,to be happy ones self, rather than rolling over and being slave to a less than empowering image. I have a teenage boy thank goodness.

  • Tim

    The age old attempt to control and oppress female sexuality. Educate yourself on this subject..Read below some info for U..Do your own research on this subject..Funny how this subject is nothing but a after thought for males.

    female sexuality hasn’t always been viewed so positively. During the
    past century, female sexuality was variously denied, trivialized,
    repressed, and subjugated. To understand our current view of female
    sexuality, we have to start by looking to the past.

    Only in the last century or so have women themselves openly discussed
    their sexuality in ways that are accessible to the historian. For most
    of human history, the written word has been largely a male preserve, so
    we almost always perceive women through the distorting lens of men.
    Women undoubtedly talked about sex and passed on information (and
    misinformation) to their daughters and friends. But this oral tradition
    is largely hidden from us.However, we all know that there can be social and psychological barriers
    to sexual pleasure for women. If the society and the culture denies the
    value and validity of sexual enjoyment, then many women may well be
    inhibited from accepting their own sexuality. And certainly, there were
    many such impediments during the middle ages.

    The gynaecologist, Isaac Baker Brown (1811-1873), and the distinguished
    endocrinologist, Charles Brown-Séquard (1817-1894) advocated
    clitoridectomy(surgical removal of the clitoris) in females to prevent the progression to masturbatory melancholia,
    paralysis, blindness and even death. Even after the public disgrace of
    Baker Brown in 1866-1867, the operation remained respectable and widely
    used in other parts of Europe. This medical contempt for normal female
    sexual development was reflected in public and literary attitudes.

    The above passages our a way to get u thinking in an attempt to jump start u in to doing your own research on this matter. Knowledge Is Power as is sexuality. Embrace them both…………………..

    With all the issues our world is going to face over the next 75 years that could effect the survival of our species as we know it I think sexuality falls to bottom of the priority list..Anyways a few good points to ponder on but overall like I said before its the age old attempt to surpress female sexuality. Nice to be a man sometimes because we can express ourselves sexually without being made into bad people…Way to go son….

  • Tego

    Too bad if our sexualised porn happy society is affecting how young girls see themselves. Being attractive and sexy IS important, and if they can’t fit in with being attractive, thin and hot then maybe they should get used to just being “the fat funny girl” early on in life.. I’m not gunna tone anything down or be mindful of who sees what just for the mental wellbeing of young chicks, and neither is anyone else if they’re honest.

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