The Good Girl Revolution


If things are as bad as you say in the book, then how can there be a rebellion? It must be insignificant, right?

Well, there are pockets of resistance, but I wouldn't call them insignificant.  In fact,  I found that there is actually a relationship between the public display of sexuality, and young people seeking an alternative. The more crude things get, the more obvious it is that there is a defect in our current philosophy of empowerment. When you start talking about pressure on gradeschoolers to look "hot," it's pretty clear that something has gone very wrong. And the thing is, this is obvious to the young people themselves. You can't dip your toe into mature waters when you're already swimming in a triple-X lake to begin with. They're sick of this stuff being pushed on them.


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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