If you missed the screening, don’t fret, Flinders staff and students can access the film via Kanopy.
Social and developmental psychologist and author Lynn Phillips explores the line between consent and coercion in this thought-provoking look at popular culture and the ways real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups.
Featuring dramatizations of interviews that Phillips conducted with hundreds of young women, the film examines how the wider culture’s frequently contradictory messages about pleasure, danger, agency, and victimization enter into women’s most intimate relationships with men. The result is a refreshingly candid, and nuanced, look at how young women are forced to grapple with deeply ambivalent cultural attitudes about female sexuality. Essential for courses that look at popular culture, gender norms, sexuality, and sexual violence.
“Lynn Phillips’s interviews reveal the contradictory messages that young women embrace about sexuality and femininity — messages that leave them often feeling both confused and powerful, crazy and confident, but also leave them vulnerable to exploitation and assault. This bracing film will make you squirm — and provoke exactly the conversation our society needs to be having — with both young women and young men. I can’t wait to share this with my students!” – Michael Kimmel | Distinguished Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook | Author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
“This film reveals the sexual pressures and realities of our culture through media, music videos, and film. An important learning tool that has the potential to change the landscape and help girls find their power.” – Patti Feuereisen, Ph.D. | Author of Invisible Girls : The Truth About Sexual Abuse | Founder of Girlthrive Inc.