Are children being pushed prematurely into adulthood? Sophie Bissonnette’s
documentary Sexy inc. Our
Children Under Influence
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. These stereotypes treat girls of all ages as
sexual objects, and exercise a damaging the effect on their identities.
Because they see degrading images of sexuality on the Internet, some children
confuse sexual relations with pornography. Sexy inc. suggests
various ways of countering hypersexualization and the eroticization of
childhood and invites us to rally against this worrying phenomenon.