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[A]bsolutely riveting (Link)

- Cosmopolitan UK on Subjectified’s Do Tell Blog


[A]ddresses female sexuality head on (Link)

- The Huffington Post, front page feature


Strikingly honest. (Link)

- BuzzFeed’s Anna North


[P]retty wonderful stuff (Link)

- Jezebel’s Rebecca ‘Burt’ Ray


Although it seems like sex is all around us—on the TV, in movies, in music, on billboards—we seem to have a problem actually talking about it. Enter Subjectified (Link)

- Shape Magazine’s Alanna Nunez


Subjectified ventures into waters that remain shockingly uncharted. (Link)

- RH Reality Check’s Sarah Seltzer


This culture is long on lamenting the sexualization of women and girls, but short on actually listening to women and girls talk about their own experiences with sex, being sexy, and sexuality. Melissa Tapper Goldman’s Subjectifed says that women don’t want to be reduced to their sexuality, but they don’t want to have to deny it, either. This is feminist storytelling–and it is powerful.

- Jennifer Baumgardner, creator of the I Had an Abortion Project and author of Look Both Ways: Girls and Sex, Manifesta, and Abortion & Life


Subjectified offers us a diverse range of women’s voices and experiences; the nine young women in the film articulate their perspectives on sex and sexuality with great clarity and honesty, providing nuanced insights into contemporary sexual cultures while staking their claims to feminist agency, pleasure and self-knowledge. Through these young women’s stories, we learn more about how women are learning to navigate and challenge a sexual culture that can be objectifying and repressive. In Subjectified, Melissa Tapper Goldman has made an important and powerful documentary.

- Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Iowa, author of The Lolita Effect, and featured contributor in Miss Representation


A wonderfully useful tool for starting conversations about female sexuality (and male sexuality!).

- Emily E. Prior, MA, Sexuality Educator and Director of the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles


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Selected Press Mentions:

“On Sex and Silence,” Melissa Tapper Goldman (writing about Subjectified), Spring 2014 (Lilith Magazine)

“The Debrief: Telling Sexual Stories,” Mimi Arbeit, March 18, 2014 (Jewish Boston)

“The Year’s Fiercest Cultural Figures,” Nadia Dawisha, February 3, 2014 (Listen Girlfriends!)

“10 Women We’re Grateful For This Thanksgiving,” Nina Bahadur, November 26, 2013 (Huffington Post)

“Sex confessional blog, Do Tell, is absolutely riveting,” Katie Amey, December 03, 2013 (Cosmopolitan UK)

“Share Your Sexual Self Story Before It’s Too Late,” Rebecca “Burt” Ray, November 28, 2013 (Jezebel)

“Meet the Woman Who Wants You to Stop Thinking Sex is For Men,” Chanel Dubofsky, November 15, 2013 (Cosmopolitan.com)

“The Cost of Sexual Shame,” Tracy Clark-Flory, November 9, 2013 (Salon), and November 15, 2013 (Alternet)

“The Burden of Shame and Silence,” Jennifer Cooreman, December 6, 2013 (The Attentive Soul)

“Why Aren’t We All Twerking?” Daisy Heath Abbott, November 26, 2013 (Moon Project)

Gab It Up hosted by Gabriela Fresquez, December 8, 2013 (Live Sircuit Radio) and Gift of Gab Blog, December 12, 2013

Sunday Night Sex Show with Maureen McGrath, November 17, 2013 (CKNW AM980, Vancouver, Canada)

“Amazing New Tumblr Offers Women’s Shockingly Honest Sex Stories,” Corey Beasley, November 19, 2013 (The Date Report, howaboutwe)

“New documentary ‘Subjectified’ and associated site offer women spaces to frankly discuss sexuality,” Demetria Irwin, November 19, 2013 (The Grio)

“Let’s Talk About Sex: A Discussion With the Filmmakers of ‘How to Lose Your Virginity’ and ‘Subjectified,’” Sarah Seltzer, November 15, 2013 (RH Reality Check)

“Sexy Sex Newsy News Week of November 8-14, 2013″ Carol Queen, November 15, 2013 (The Buzz: Good Vibrations Online Magazine)

“Let’s Talk about Sex,” Roxanne Golding, November 13, 2013 (Conversationals. Blog)

“Let’s Talk About Sex: New ‘Subjectified’ Film Shows the Real on Getting Down,” Nakia D. Hansen, November 13, 2013 (Parlour)

“Review: ‘Subjectified: Nine Young Women Talk About Sex,’” Nicole Clark, November 13, 2013

“‘Do Tell’ Website Lets Women Share Their Sex Stories,” Alanna Greco, November 13, 2013 (Bustle)

“‘Do Tell’ Is An Important Tumblr For Women — Here’s Why,” Nina Bahadur, November 12, 2013 (Huffington Post)

NSFW Sunday, Editorial, November 10, 2013 (Autostraddle)

“Let’s talk about sex,” Maya Dusenbery, November 8, 2013 (Feministing)

“Let’s Talk About Sex on the Internet,” Victoria Bekiempis, November 7, 2013 (Newsweek)

The Cost of Shame, October 30, 2013 (Hip Hop is for Lovers Radio Program)

“What is the cost of shame in our society? A story-sharing project invites you to speak the truth about your sex life,” November 10, 2013 (“How to Lose Your Virginity” Documentary Blog)

“Subjectified: What Happens When We Don’t Talk About Sex?” Maggie Freleng, November 1, 2013 (Vitamin W)

“7 Double Standards About Female Sexuality That Piss Us Off,” Ashley Reese, October 30, 2013 (Gurl)

TK in the AM, October 30, 2013 (Bondfire Radio)

Subjectified review, Victoria Bekiempis, Spring 2013 (Bitch Magazine)

Melissa’s writing, “My Fair Labia,” May 7, 2013 (originally appeared on Role/Reboot, reposted on The Frisky)

Subjectified on the Center for Positive Sexuality Blog, March 10, 2013

Subjectified: Transcending Taboos in an Era of Shareware,” Kathleen Sweeney, February 26, 2013 (The Viral Media Lab Feature)

Melissa’s writing linked, “Women’s Health Report,” January 4, 2013 (National Partnership for Women and Families)

Melissa’s writing, “The Year of the Asshat Man Is Not the Year of the Woman,” December 31, 2012 (Huffington Post)

Subjectified: Women Talking About Sex on Their Terms, Lola Zabetha, December 18, 2012 (Renegade Chicks Blog)

Review and commentary of Subjectified, K.L.A.W. Club, December 13, 2012 (K.L.A.W.)

“Take Sex Out of the Bedroom,” Alanna Nuñez, December 14, 2012 (Shape Magazine website, front page feature)

“Review and Interview: Subjectified,” Nicole Breanne, December 28, 2012 (Zelda Lily: Feminism in a Bra)

“Film Review: Subjectified,” Lisa Bensing, December 15, 2012 (Sadie Magazine, front page feature)

“Do Young Women Get To Talk Honestly About Sex Enough? This Documentary Is Encouraging More Real Talk,” Gena Kaufman, December 7, 2012 (Glamour Magazine website, “Sex & Love”)

“‘Subjectified’ Documentary Shows It’s Okay To Talk About Sex,” December 7, 2012 (Fooyoh)

“‘Subjectified’ Documentary Features Young Women Speaking Honestly About Sex,” December 6, 2012 (Huffington Post, front page feature)

“Let’s Talk About Sex: New Documentary Asks Real Women Real Questions About Doing It!” Shenequa A. Golding, December 7, 2012 (HelloBeautiful)

“A New Documentary Discusses Women And Sexuality – We Can’t Wait To See It,” Jessica Booth, December 6, 2012 (Gurl)

“Film Gets Young Women To Speak Up About Sex,” Anna North, December 4, 2012 (BuzzFeed)

“New Film Gets Young Women to Talk about Sex!” December 5, 2012 (Booty Call University)

“Sexy Sweater and Talkin’ Bout Sex – Link Love!” December 5, 2012 (Hot Movies For Her)

“Why Do Young Women Have Sex?” RealityCast Podcast with Amanda Marcotte, December 10, 2012 (RH Reality Check)

“You Should Go: Subjectified Screening in Brooklyn,” Vanessa Friedman, December 4, 2012 (AutoStraddle)

“Subjectified: The Film, an Interview” Emma Shakarshy, December 4, 2012 (Adios Barbie)

Melissa featured on Jaclyn Friedman’s podcast, Fucking While Feminist (free download from jaclynfriedman.com or iTunes)

“Women, Sex, and Storytelling: The Truth Behind Tired Mainstream Narratives,” Sarah Seltzer, October 19 24 2012 (RH Reality Check)

Melissa’s writing, “The Worst Best First Kiss,” October 14, 2012 (Huffington Post)

Melissa quoted in “Sexist Portrayals Of Women Still Dominate Prime Time TV: Study,” Justine Ashley Costanza, November 14, 2012 (International Business Times)

Melissa quoted in “The V Word,” Zoe Strimpel, June 24 2012 (Sunday Times, UK)

Melissa featured as “Hump Day Hero,” June 27, 2012 (The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, RI)

Carnal Nation

Our Bodies Our Blog (Official Blog of Our Bodies Ourselves)

The Boston Phoenix (featured weekly pick)


The Park School Bulletin

The Bowdoin Orient, the newspaper of Bowdoin College

UC Berkeley Weekly Featured Events Calendar

Lesley Public Post, the newspaper of Lesley University

Lesley University Women’s Center

That Feminist Feeling

The American Virgin

Womenstake, the blog of the National Women’s Law Center


Screening History:

  • Community Screening, December 5, 2012. Co-sponsored by Sadie Magazine and hosted by the YWCA of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Center for Family Life Education’s National Sex Ed Conference, excerpt and presentation, November 28, 2012, Somerset, NJ.
  • Excerpt screened at Women, Sex & Storytelling OR How To Not Shut Up! event, October 17, 2012. Co-sponsored by Women, Action and the Media New York and Women’s eNews, New York, NY.
  • Columbia University, March 3, 2012. Presented by Women’s History Month, Radical Columbia Undergraduates Not Taking Sexism, Columbia Queer Alliance, Everyone Allied Against Homophobia, Men’s Peer Education Program.
  • Sherman Hall, Berkeley Student Cooperative, Berkeley, CA, December 6, 2011. Student-organized screening.
  • University of California Davis, September 22, 2011, followed by Q&A with the director. Presented by the UCD Consortium for Women and Research, host organization of the Davis Feminist Film Festival, the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Cross-Cultural Center, Lambda Law Students Association, UC Davis Law School Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. at UC Davis and Aggies of Color.
  • San Francisco, California, September 15th 2011, followed by Q&A with the director. Opera Plaza Cinema.
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, April 6th 2011, Baltimore, MD followed by Q&A with the director.
  • Brown University, March 23, 2011, Providence, RI, followed by Q&A with the director. Sponsored by: Gender and Sexuality Studies Departmental Undergraduate Groups, Women’s History Month, the Queer Alliance Community Committee, the Female Sexuality Workshop and the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council.
  • University of California, Berkeley, November 18, 2010, Berkeley, CA, followed by Q&A with the director and interviewee Joy. Presented by Berkeley NOW and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures.
  • Bowdoin College, November 10, 2010, Brunswick, ME. followed by Q&A with the director. Presented by Safe Space and the Women’s Resource Center.
  • Lesley University Women’s Center, October 21, 2010, Cambridge, MA at Lesley University’s Marran Theater. Screening followed by Q&A with the director and interviewee Alexis. Presented by the Women’s Center at Lesley University.
  • Female Sexuality Course, October 22, 2010, Berkeley, CA. Presented by FemSex at University of California Berkeley.
  • Lesley University’s Women in Culture & Society Course, October 20, 2010, Cambridge, MA. Excerpt and discussion with the director. Taught by Dr. Amy Rutstein-Riley.
  • Lesley University Women’s Center, October 21, 2010, Cambridge, MA at Lesley University’s Marran Theater. Screening followed by Q&A with the director and interviewee Alexis. Presented by the Women’s Center at Lesley University.
  • Moishe/Kavod House, October 24, 2010, Brookline, MA. Screening followed by dinner and discussion with the director and the Moshe/Kavod Sex Ed Team.
  • Boston International Film Festival, April 24, 2010, Boston, MA. Followed by Q&A with the director.
  • Wellesley College Sexual Health Educators, May 5, 2010, Wellesley, MA. Followed by Q&A with the director and interviewee Alexis.
  • Chicks Make Flicks. WIFV/NE & MIT Feburary 4, 2010, Cambridge, MA at MIT. Followed by Q&A with the director and interviewee Alexis. This viewing is part of the Chicks Make Flicks series presented by Women in Film & Video New England and the Program in Women’s & Gender Studies at MIT.