A Review of Sexy Baby

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Sexy Baby is a 2012 documentary that examines what is like for women to grow up in a cyber society fixated on sexiness. The documentary opens with a little girl dancing to Lady Gaga. Although the audience knows that the little girl’s moves are innocent, a feeling of discomfort lurks in her every step. The audience knows that the disco stick in “Poker Face” is not simply a glittery toy.

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This sense of discomfort that is illustrated in the opening sequence extends to every moment of the documentary. After the dance introduction, the documentary then transitions into a profile of Nikita Cash, a former adult actress, Winnifred, a young 12 year-old, and a young kindergarten teacher who is hopeful that her labiaplasty will maker her more attractive. We know these women; heck may even see them walking down the streets or in those pestering, sexploitive pop-up ads. In the documentary, we see them in a different light.  Sexy Baby tackles the question of how this heavy presence of sexuality is reinforced, and furthermore how this saturating sexuality effects our younger population.

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Although Sexy Baby is compelling and introduces serious issues regarding being raised in a sexploitive society, the documentary only explores these complicated ideas at the surface level. The documentary presents an issue and doesn’t provide a clear stance on where it comes from. The documentary feels fixated on sex and how it is represented in the cyber age; however, it is not convincing in centering the issue in a cyber society. Instead, the documentary feels vague. Initially, the vagueness of sexploitation works to the documentary’s benefit.  However, toward the end, the documentary becomes a tangled pool of compelling but half-thought out ideas. Despite its faults, Sexy Baby is a compelling documentary, which forces the audience to confront the issues of sexploitation that seem so engrained in our society.


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