Children have no conscious knowledge of their society’s sexual covenants. Yet by the time they come of age, adolescents have accepted, internalised and—crucially—normalised all the negative reactions to what society deems as inappropriate sexual expression seen in Sexcatraz.

By the time they come of age, adolescents have accepted, internalised and—crucially—normalised all the negative reactions to what society deems as inappropriate sexual expression seen in Sexcatraz

This formative process, akin to slowly setting concrete, takes place in the unconscious as they progress through adolescence into adulthood. It may seem difficult to objectify the exact moment when society’s unconscious sexual covenants actually impact the lives of teenagers, yet there is a film that does precisely that—Giuseppe Tornatore’s Academy Award-nominated coming-of-age drama Malèna.


Start: Sexcatraz Pt. 1 – Welcome to Sexcatraz
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