On Netflix now, the documentary Liberated gives us a front row seat to the rise of today’s ‘hook-up’ culture, and how young people are navigating this very toxic social+sexual landscape. From the sandy, booze-filled shores of spring break, we hear story after story showcasing a growing belief among young adults that casual, emotion-free sex is now the norm. However, not all is lost. Liberated also offers an antidote to the hyper-sexualization of this culture by humanizing these young men and women, and showing that beneath the party animal exteriors, exist vulnerable kids who don’t necessarily like the spring break ‘rules’, but feel pressure to follow them because to not do so guarantees a fate much worse in their universe – swift social rejection. Liberated also inspires young people to become critical thinkers and to adopt a more positive way of looking at morality and sexuality.
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for a Big Blend Radio conversation with Magic Lantern Pictures founder and filmmaker Benjamin Nodot, who is also the founder / CEO of Eodus Cry. Exodus Cry exists to break the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation and help those who have been sold for sex. The release of their award-winning documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, screened for the United States Congress and the United Nations, has given them an international platform to shift culture, change laws, and reach out to sexually exploited women.