‘Cuties’ is an unflinching look at what it means to be a preteen girl. No wonder people can’t handle it. - The Washington Post
Sep 17, 2020 1 min, 56 secs

A French film by director Maïmouna Doucouré, “Cuties” was the subject of controversy even before it landed on Netflix last week.

The streaming platform previewed it with a poster of tweenage girls in scant costumes, accompanied with the synopsis, “Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew.”.

Cruz, who either didn’t see the movie or didn’t understand it, claimed the film “routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls,” and called on the Department of Justice to “investigate whether Netflix, its executives, or the filmmakers violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”.

Like Doucouré, Amy is the daughter of Senegalese immigrants.

Their culture permits polygamy, and when the movie opens Amy’s father has recently traveled back to Senegal to bring home a second wife.

These are the kind of nuanced discussions that art is meant to encourage — and that fast-twitch social media has squashed.

Amy fumbles and falters her way through the film, learning that she’s meant to be appealing but chaste, naughty but good, a girl but a woman.

Part of why I think people are struggling with this movie is that, while it doesn’t sexualize tweenage girls, it is a frank look at their exploration of sexuality: the influences they respond to or rebel against, the power they think they have, the things they think they understand.

“Spend an hour on social media and you’ll see preteens — often in makeup — pouting their lips and strutting their stuff as if they were grown women,” wrote Doucouré, the film’s director, in a recent essay for The Washington Post.

In one scene the girls, full of bravado and giggles, flirt with a boy at the bus stop.

That film is explicitly about pedophilia, but it’s a more comfortable viewing, in some ways, than “Cuties.” It allows the viewer to falsely believe that girls are complicit in their own sexualization, that they’re inviting the leering and harassment.

The fact that its critics (not film critics, who love it) find “Cuties” so terrifying is, perhaps, the biggest clue that they need to watch it and then demand more movies like it?

The girls they know, the girls they were.

The bubbles we try to keep girls in, when the only people we’re actually protecting are ourselves.


1. Hunter Biden: Here's what he has said about his Burisma role in Ukraine - Fox News
Oct 22, 2020 # politics 59 secs
2. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ties turnaround record, nears 1000 Starlink satellites launched - Teslarati
Oct 24, 2020 # science 46 secs
3. Reynolds says hospitals have enough resources to handle COVID-19 spike - KCCI Des Moines
Oct 22, 2020 # health 21 secs
4. Governor Cuomo Announces Draft New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program - ny.gov
Oct 18, 2020 # politics 1 min, 49 secs
5. DNI Ratcliffe: Russia disinformation not behind published emails targeting Biden; FBI reviewing - USA TODAY
Oct 19, 2020 # politics 57 secs
6. In a Tiff: Trump daughter dragged for odd LGBT rally - New York Daily News
Oct 20, 2020 # politics 26 secs
7. Were Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad Really Feuding on 'Laguna Beach'? - Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Oct 24, 2020 # entertainment 43 secs
8. Netflix to test free weekend-long access in India
Oct 20, 2020 # breaking 48 secs
9. [Update: Chat, Meet] New Google Workspace icons rolling out — Drive, Gmail - 9to5Google
Oct 19, 2020 # technology 58 secs
10. You can now play Xbox games on your iPhone and iPad - CNET
Oct 20, 2020 # technology 38 secs
11. The ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ Open Beta Has Been Extended - Forbes
Oct 18, 2020 # technology 18 secs
12. Pelosi: 48 hours to strike deal to get stimulus checks out before Election Day
Oct 19, 2020 # breaking 1 min, 34 secs
13. Why Nokia Could Get Bought Out - Seeking Alpha
Oct 21, 2020 # technology 1 min, 2 secs
14. Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first in Arizona? The state has a plan - The Arizona Republic
Oct 24, 2020 # health 2 mins, 46 secs
15. COVID-19: Battery-powered face mask uses copper mesh heated to 194°C to KILL coronavirus - Daily Mail
Oct 22, 2020 # science 1 min, 25 secs
16. Katherine Schwarzenegger defends husband Chris Pratt after viral post - Today.com
Oct 21, 2020 # entertainment 53 secs

SUBSCRIBE

Get monthly updates and free resources.

CONNECT WITH US

© Copyright 2020 365NEWSX - All RIGHTS RESERVED