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Pretty Baby (1978)

April 24, 2012

In the film, Pretty Baby, Brooke Shields plays a little girl who lives in a whorehouse with her mother, who is also considered to be a “whore.” The house is run by the rather older eighty year-old woman, who houses a bunch of girls for free in hopes of receiving money from them as a form of payback. The girls did not have jobs; therefore the only way they managed to make a dollar of two was to have sexual intercourse with willing men who were invited to the house by the old lady. Pretty Baby is rather an older film created in the 1970’s by director Louis Malle. In this movie a little girl was filmed having sex with older men who were about 4 times her age. This film was created to alert society that younger children out there are being exposed and forced to participate in sexual acts. Some are tricked, some are given an ultimatum in order to have a roof over their heads, and some are just being molested and raped.
The main character was named Violet, and she was twelve at the time. She to began sleeping around with men for money because she wanted badly to be just like her mother. She felt that every girl had men and were having incredible sex except for her and she wanted to have her turn. It completely disgusts me that this movie portrayed such a young girl doing all these advanced acts. I believe that in this case this girl was robed of her innocence. I believe the only thing that divides young children from adults is their innocence and taking that away would terribly harm their future because the effect is huge. In the film, Violet began to seem more and more sexual because: she began to wear high socks (considered a sex symbol), she began to wear lipstick, and she began coming on to men. She knew what they all wanted, but it didn’t bother her not one bit, she knew what she wanted and she was determined to get her freedom.


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