The Threat of Sex

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Simple movie-promo app promotes the power of women.

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Educational Value

Kids could use the fun fact and advice tabs to read empowering messages by and about girls. The other features of the app are not primarily intended to teach or educate.

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Violence
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Language

Although framed in reference to quotes from famous women, some content contains sexual erms that may be inappropriate for young audiences ("virginity," "prostitution," and so on).

Consumerism

One of the goals of the developers of this app is to sell an upcoming movie and get users involved in the creation of it. Links are available to share information on social media about the movie and to support the project financially.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Threat of Sex is a simple app is designed with two intentions: to share empowering words from women of the past and present and to get support for the developer's upcoming movie, which is also titled The Threat of Sex. Users can search for quotes based on self-selected themes or read fun facts about famous women. Through the app users can support the Women Organized Now movement or the work of the developers as they create the movie. Since the available privacy policy doesn't address information collected by the app, you'll only find assurances that financial information is handled carefully.

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What's it about?

The developer of THE THREAT OF SEX, One Bird Mocking, is in the production phases of creating a movie. Using technology as an opportunity to spread publicity and potentially gain financial support, they have created an app with the overall goal of empowerment. Users can read quotes and facts by and about empowering women, or they can empower this production company to continue making their movie. In the Advice section users two wheels, one with categories of women (Activist, Celebrity, and so on) and one for a topic (Love, Life, Melange, adn so on). After they tap Select, a quotation from a women and a picture of her pops up. The Fun Facts area provides tidbits about all kinds of prominent female figures. Through enabled social media, users can share the quotations. Tapping W.O.N takes you to the Women Organized Now Facebook page, which is a fictional organization within the movie. The Movie and O.B.M. (One Bird Mocking) areas give opportunities to be involved with or support the movie development. 

Is it any good?

Though the platform is very simple and primarily a tool for promotion, it's a convenient way for teens to access information about inspiring women. The selection wheels make the process feel dynamic, and the ability to share quotations with friends might inspire teens to swap knowledge. Unfortunately, the combination of features is confusing: Since there's very little description of the movie and no explanation of how the quotations or overall spirit of feminism connect to the film, it feels disjointed. Those unfamiliar with the film might be confused about how all the features are connected. It would help if there were more cohesion between the elements, a bit more content, a way to create or contribute content, or some other ways to interact. As it stands, The Threat of Sex is a resource for finding and sharing inspiring quotations, but it definitely has potential to be much more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of gender equality as teens use The Threat of Sex. Help kids identify whether men and women have always had equal rights and what improvements have been made in recent years.

  • Families can help kids identify strengths in themselves and talk about how they bring out the strength in others. Reflect on the quotes provided in this app and talk about what they mean to each family member and how they see themselves and their world.

  • Talk about media messages about sex and gender. Are there ways women are shown in media that reinforce stereotypes? Are there really strong portrayals, too?

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