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The Parent Trap: Are You Experienced? (Globe & Mail )

Alison Motluk writes in the Globe and Mail:

Parents have always had to cope with headstrong teenagers and mismatched mores. But as boomer parents usher their kids through adolescence, some are finding themselves in an unusual position: They're the ones encouraging their children to give sex a whirl, while their cautious teens are preaching chastity. And it's a reversal that many boomers, who came of age in the era of free love, didn't anticipate.


In Girls Gone Mild, Toronto author Wendy Shalit examines some of the reasons why young people are putting off their sexual debut. ... Parental pressure to have sex, Ms. Shalit says, is just as oppressive as the expectation the previous generation faced to remain a virgin until marriage. "Parents mean well, but many are adding to the pressure," she says. "Sometimes, they can make their kids feel there's not another option."


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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