Ronna Gradus

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  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:30:19View | Delete

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! You asked some fabulous questions and inspired so many responses from us that we could hardly keep up!

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:24:40View | Delete

    Laura is pleased that she had the surgery, and she’s happily dating someone new and still teaching. Winnifred is in 10th grade and is enjoying being a mouthpiece for this topic. And Nakita and Dave are the most doting parents ever! They could not love being parents more!

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:22:59View | Delete

    Yes, kids are very sophisticated – that’s definitely the flip side to all this exposure. But we have to get them used to questioning the norm. That’s what’s amazing about Winnifred, she’s not impervious, but she’s a thinker.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:18:10View | Delete

    In terms of the boys side – we have been thinking of compiling a new collection of interviews. But we think it would be hard to do a verite film about boys living in a hypersexual world. With girls it’s very outward. With boys the effects are probably deeper and quiter, perhaps best fished out in interviews.

    We are, however, very interested now in how technology is changing the dating and relationship world…that may be in store!

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:09:56View | Delete

    sex sells and we’re obsessed with wealth!

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 18:03:55View | Delete

    We like how Jeni puts it (Winni’s mom): you should enjoy your sexuality — but after you know what else is important to you and what else you’re good at. This element seems to be missing from all these women who are gyrating and putting out sex tapes — those are their biggest selling points. But Madonna and Lady Gaga do have some artistic merit, in my opinion. But these other celebs, like Kim K. are getting famous for wild behavior, not much more than that

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:59:35View | Delete

    we all used to test our parents, but now the fodder is different for sure

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:58:38View | Delete

    I was watching the Kardashians (for research!) and the son was teasing his mom about her vaginal cosmetic surgery. Is nothing sacred? This was prime time tv

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:57:10View | Delete

    Yes, we love this phrase we heard about how kids now “react before they reflect.” Everything is so instant.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:55:49View | Delete

    Yes — almost every guy wondered that. We were told that their expectations were sky high — not just in what women would look like, but in terms of what they should do in bed. But guys feel this same pressure themselves…

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:52:00View | Delete

    And Winnifred’s parents know that they put themselves out there to be judged. But they are strong and have conviction. They have seen how many people the film has helped – in terms of starting a dialogue – and for that they are happy to be a part of it. Jeni said “this conversation is long overdue and somebody had to help start it.”

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:50:18View | Delete

    Laura took no persuading whatsoever. We were shocked at first, but soon realized that as a 22 year old – she has been raised on reality TV. We surely think that that blurs the line between what’s private and public. And she told us she loves the film and that if anybody feels troubled after seeing it “they need a reality check.” And it hasn’t backfired for her.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:46:37View | Delete

    Porn and erotica are age old…there’s no getting rid of it. And frankly, if done in a respectful, responsible way (making it or using it) it’s a healthy way to explore one’s sexuality. What we have noticed is that it has gotten very mean spirited. We don’t know why, but it is very alarming. We see a trend that women are being humiliated in front of the camera.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:38:49View | Delete

    Lisa, this is the problem…there is no solution. We can’t censor the Internet and we can’t hide it from kids or adults. All we can do is start to have very honest conversations. I think step #1 is for us to all start admitting how these things affect each of us personally. Men and women alike. What we were thrilled to see as a reaction to the film was young men (early 20s) responding in such a positive way. They have told us that this feels like the first outlet they’ve had to openly discuss some of what they don’t like about porn…most guys don’t really have a space to have that convo.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:35:03View | Delete

    Yes — I think that although Dave and Nichole have been in the industry for years, they themselves are amazed by some of the things that have happened as technology progresses. There’s no more Playboy in the woods, there’s hardcore porn on iPhones at the click of a download. And because the web is so saturated with endless amounts of porn, the bar has been raised higher and higher so what’s out there is much more extreme. So I think they are afraid of how to raise a child today.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:27:40View | Delete

    Her parents definitely know what’s out there and their attitude it to just face it head on. They strongly believe in open communication. Jeni, Winni’s mom. was just telling us that her 7 year old was singing raunchy rap song lyrics, and instead of saying “hey, don’t sing that!” they talked about what the problem with the song was. Jeni believes that it’s better to be present when these things enter the kids’ worlds so that her voice can be in the mix

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:23:26View | Delete

    Sorry — we’ll write shorter and quicker answers now!

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:23:07View | Delete

    And we found Laura after learning about labiaplasty…a trend that seemed to be gaining traction because of internet porn. We contacted her surgeon first and he led us to her

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:21:14View | Delete

    When we started, we were very interested in how young girls were being affected…because that’s what most people wanted to talk about when we were discussing our idea for the film. So we initially thought we’d look for a middle schooler, a high schooler and a college student. But as we learned about new societal trends, we realized we didn’t want to limit ourselves. So we found Nakita (Jill’s explaining that) and Laura first, actually, and then came Winnifred last. We were introduced to her acting troupe (The Arts Effect) just because of the fact that they were exploring similar themes. We didn’t expect to find our “star” there. We actually wanted more of a suburban girl — but she just kind of jumped out at us. What we loved about her was the fact that she was so introspective and smart. Also, it helped that her parents were liberal New Yorkers because they granted us amazing access.

  • Ronna Gradus commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Sexy Baby

    2012-12-03 17:12:02View | Delete

    It didn’t take long to realize that all over (not just Miami), the “objectification of woman” had progressed into the “self-objectification of women,” so to speak.

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