Do you know why girls have sex?

When was the last time you actually asked them?

Our culture is saturated with images of female sexuality, but women’s own real voices are nowhere to be found. Subjectified lets women speak for themselves, presenting an authentic picture of diverse sexual experiences from young women across the U.S.

Through in-depth personal interviews about sex and sexuality, Subjectified spans the country collecting stories from women whose sound bites are just the beginning of their captivating accounts: a young mom, an abstinent Christian, a late-blooming lesbian, survivors of STDs and sexual assaults. Subjectified taps into stories too real for reality T.V. and too unexpected for romantic comedies. The women address their most intimate motivations and perspectives on sex as it intersects with their lives in so many ways: body image, family ties, motherhood, sex education, health, contraception, abuse, pleasure, and fulfillment. From poignant to awkward to uncontrollably funny, the interviews peer into the minds of young women in America trying their best to make sense of a complicated subject: themselves.


Long Synopsis:

Do you know why girls have sex?
It’s a deceptively simple question.
But did you ever actually ask them?

TV and billboards, movies and magazines—images of sexy women are everywhere. When it comes to sex, women are often seen, but their authentic voices are rarely heard. What does sex really mean to women? What’s it like? What is it that women want? And what are they afraid of? SUBJECTIFIED is a documentary that lets women speak for themselves.

Melissa Tapper Goldman traveled 3,000 miles across the U.S., camera in hand, to talk about sex with nine very different young women. But sex is so much more than a simple act. It’s motivations, fears, fantasies, and life histories. What happens when someone’s beliefs about sex are nothing like her family’s? What happens when someone decides to face her childhood traumas, but her husband doesn’t want to talk about it? What happens when someone discovers sex, but it’s nothing like what she thought it would be?

With faith in the power of true stories—not the “reality” T.V. kind—Goldman turned the politically divisive question of why girls have sex into a personal one. She found young women around the country from different backgrounds, religions, races, and sexual identities who were willing to talk on camera. Why would they open up to strangers about their most intimate details? Because they know that judgment and silence divide us. Are we ready to listen?

Conservative and liberal, secular and Christian, gay and straight, the women of SUBJECTIFIED answer the earnest questions that so many people wish they could ask, crossing our cultural divides. Bravery, weakness, confusion, and clarity all emerge in the complex stories, portraying female sexuality from a first-person perspective rarely caught on camera.

From poignant to awkward to uncontrollably funny, these interviews show us young women in America trying their best to make sense of a complicated subject: themselves.