I very much wanted to like Wired For Sex, Lies, and Power Trips: It’s a Teen’s World, a lot more. This documentary by Lynn Glazier airs on CBC TV October 5th and 11th 2009. This honest look at the hypersexualization of teens by teens is a very promising approach to the topic that you expect to reveal something or at least go beyond the already usual stuff. The idea was good, the result is less so but still interesting enough to watch.
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It’s a Teen’s World is a collage of three short films by three groups of Toronto teens about how pervasive and common sex is in their lives. The overall result is interesting enough but the collage itself is messy and the information and the way it is supported are rather repetitive.
As all three short films rely on internet clips of teens prancing around in their underwear, I have seem more of this stuff in this one-hour documentary than I have seen in the last year or so. There is something a bit disturbing about a documentary that looks at the hypersexualization of teens using so much footage of it.
Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips could as easily have focused on one of the three groups as what the kids say is basically the same: sex is cheap and pervasive; nothing is done in schools about the constant seemingly playful harassment guys submit girls to; teens themselves, both girls and guys, contribute to the problem by feeding into and from it with their blogs and presence on various social internet sites.
What I fail to see as relevant is the adult presence of a teacher or therapist in the short films. It was as if the teens needed some kind of sounding board to answer the questions they were raising a source for some structure to their short film.
This documentary airs October 5th 2009 at 10 and October 11th 2009 at 8 on CBC TV.