Benjamin Nolot’s Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution is an unflinching observation of today’s hook-up culture, created by a generation whose lifestyle has become less conservative over the years.
At its start, the documentary blames the media for a prominent display of sexualized content, citing this as the primary cause for the hypersexualized nature of young adults. From here, Nolot documents a spring break party, populated by college students who are blissfully taking a break from the stress of their academics. When Nolot asks about their hopes for the party, their responses are straightforward: to get as much sex as they can. This spring break party seems to reinforce the scary new norm that encourages everyone to get laid with the first person they see.
The partygoers of the documentary might have assumed that Liberated, during its filming, was merely a vlog documenting a spring break party. Many guys appeared to be happy knowing they were recorded on video, flaunting their skills to prove they could easily get girls to join them in their hotel rooms. Another group of men were shown proudly initiating non-consensual gropes onto unsuspecting women. Liberated branches out as an expose on power relations between genders: from the demands of masculinity to every woman’s endless battle with inequality.
Liberated is not an easy watch – it is disgusting, disturbing, and ultimately heartbreaking. However, endure its painful truths and you will find a reflective study of our generation.