America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth Pines for 'a More Innocent Time'

America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth Pines for 'a More Innocent Time'
The third in a loose trilogy of documentaries examining our declining national ideals, America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth falls under the larger umbrella of media pondering the negative ramifications of growing up in an increasingly digitized, instant-gratification society. Director Darryl Roberts identifies culprits such as pornography, Abercrombie and Fitch, and child beauty pageants as both creating and exacerbating these issues — it's all marketing, several of his interviewees argue, and companies have been courting increasingly young potential customers for decades now. The most alarming of these is undoubtedly the pageant industry, which teaches frightfully impressionable girls to equate outer appearance with inner value. Roberts...
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