The Good Girl Revolution


But how can we know that this trend will continue?

We don't--the future depends on my readers. The more we smirk at the good girl, the more girls will behave in ways they are deeply uncomfortable with, just to fit in. But if we can get over our preconceptions about these girls, and expand our notion of empowerment to include them, then, yes, I believe society could really change. These girls are already out there--we just have to appreciate them, and their ranks will increase. I can say this confidently because I get letters all the time from girls who say, "I was about to give up on what I wanted, because I thought I was the only one, but now that I know I'm not, I'm going to live the life I want to live and stand up to the peer pressure." So let's give young people that chance, instead of automatically scoffing at those who don't want to go along with the crowd.

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"Wendy Shalit’s first book, A Return to Modesty. . . created a storm when it was published nine years ago but whose influence can be detected in today’s campus chastity clubs, including here at Harvard. As a veteran of pro-sex feminism who still endorses pornography and prostitution, I say more power to all these chaste young women who are defending their individuality and defying groupthink and social convention. That is true feminism!"

— Camille Paglia, Harvard Feminism Conference Keynote, April 10 2008