General Article ‘Cuties’ calls out the hypersexualisation of young girls – and gets criticised

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By Rebecca Rosman

The French film, Cuties, is being praised for its critique of the hypersexualisation of young girls - and the consequences of that – as they rush to become adults in the age of social media.

It began several years ago when filmmaker Maimouna Doucouré was at a neighborhood gathering and her jaw dropped. A group of young girls in revealing outfits came out on a stage and performed a choreographed routine.

Doucouré says they couldn’t have been more than 11 years old.

“And they were dancing very sensually, sexually and I was very disturbed about what I was seeing.”

But instead of passing judgment, the self-taught writer and filmmaker says she wanted to understand what she was seeing. She dove into research, interviewing more than one hundred adolescent girls over the course of a year and a half.

“It’s a period [that’s] very specific,” Doucouré says, “where you are not any more totally a child and you are not an adult. You are looking for yourself and everything is chan...

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