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Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good Hardcover – June 26, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to her 1999 A Return to Modesty, Shalit takes a second stab at getting the women of the Western world to stand up and take notice of their rampant objectification. Using letters, interviews and various studies, this new book examines current attitudes toward sexuality, "empowerment" and childhood among parents, teachers, kids and the mass media. Like her last, this volume is dense with anecdotes designed to shock and dismay (a mother who tells her 25-year-old that she is going to lose her boyfriend if she doesn't sleep with him, a teacher who tells a 14-year-old that you might as well call it over if you haven't had sex by the third date), and to report on the women and girls who aren't giving into the pressure of hyper-sexualized society-including the harassment they routinely face because of their stand (Shalit answers with admirable bonhomie her own critics, who dismiss her as a backward-thinking " 'professional virgin,' " "a seat that I believe is already occupied by Madonna"). This book takes a hard look from the traditional family-values perspective at how we got to where we are and what progress can be made, and does so with a conviction that will resonate with and bolster many parents.
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About the Author
Wendy Shalit is the author of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue. The enthusiastic response to her book from young women around the world prompted her to launch the online community, Modestly Yours. Today she lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario, where she enjoys various modern amenities such as the dishwasher and has no desire to return to the nineteenth century. Join the conversation at www.girlsgonemild.com.
Top customer reviews
Our culture is so saturated with sexily dressed young women that often we don't even notice, let alone consider its effect on girls trying to find their way in this world. Wendy Shalit is spot-on in her assessment of the pressure on girls today and their desperation to be themselves, not the sex toys our culture tries to make them.
I was a feminist, and I am a feminist. I wish feminist leaders would realize the plight they've created for women-to-be and reverse course. Until they do, The Good Girl Revolution is an indispensable antidote.
"If the feminist leaders were misguided in excluding "good girls" from their ideology, certain conservatives have been perhaps too hasty in declaring feminism dead. Feminism is clearly very much alive for young women, but it is a feminism that makes the leadership uneasy. For it is not as reflexively "bad-girl" as it once was, and its focus on personal dignity and on sex being sacred will mean the biggest shakeup of feminism since Seneca Falls in 1848.
Older feminists are now concerned that the sexual revolution and the concessions they made to pornography have not turned out as expected. They're discovering that promiscuity and public sexuality may not be the ticket to happiness, after all, even for men. So it makes sense that they would want to honor young women like the Girlcotters. The problem is that they are so committed to the idea of casual sex as liberation that they can't appreciate or even quite understand these younger feminists. They still don't understand that pursuing crudeness is the problem, not the solution. Or maybe they do understand this, but they don't want to admit they are wrong."
Shalit empowers today's girls to take back themselves and let no one tell them what normal is. As the mother of daughters, I am thrilled that there is a voice crying out in the wilderness.