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.
"Sometimes when daughters have a bad-girl mother, they rebel and become good girls. They are constantly embarrassed by me!"
--Ellen Sussman, 52, editor of Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, on her two daughters, ages 19 and 21 (MORE magazine July/August 2007)