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In her thoughtful three-part essay, the author reveals an impressive reading list as she probes the cultural history of sexual modesty for women and considers whether this virtue may be beneficial in today's world--if not an antidote to misogyny. In an age when women are embarrassed by sexual inexperience, when sex education is introduced as early as primary school, and when women suffer more than ever from eating disorders, stalking, sexual harassment, and date rape, Shalit believes a return to modesty may place women on equal footing with men. She yearns for a time when conservatives can believe the claims of feminists and feminists can differentiate between patriarchy and misogyny and share in the dialectic of female sexuality.
While the young author's argument is often limited by naiveté and her own lack of experience, her profound intelligence and daring are undeniable. A Return to Modesty is a thought-provoking debut that introduces an original and exciting new feminist thinker. --Kera Bolonik --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Not as interesting as it sounded on "Fresh Air" but worth readingPublished 2 months ago by Emily D Harris
I think it really presents an excellent view of modesty and shows how it has declined in our world today and really is needed again to restore the proper respect for women and men... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joyce Miller
I would recommend this to anyone who has a question about what modesty really is, and what the benefits of it may be.Published 3 months ago by Jennifer D. Hodges
After watching the Vanderbilt rape trial that just concluded Jan. 27, 2015...I remembered this book from its first publishing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book Hunter
Great. The book was in good quality. I definitely recommend it to everyone, especially women!Published 6 months ago by Dee
If you are raising a daughter, or if you are a young woman who would like a counter-culture perspective on female or feminine identity, this is a good read! Read morePublished 6 months ago by charlene at Dosido Bookshelf
I read this when it first came out and loved it. The updated version is just as wonderfully done. It is eye opening and well researched. I find her conclusions totally reasonable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by K. Ann Seeton
A lot of information. Very informative. Intensely written summary of where our society has gone to the detriment of women. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tra Manfrank