The Good Girl Revolution

Interest in Girls Gone Mild Spreads to India

A number of Indian publications have run features on Girls Gone Mild, including the influential "Times of India," which wrote:

Wasn't India always a modest country? "Yes," says Delhi-based sociologist, Prof Karuna Chanana, "but things would change sooner or later. Now, we pursue the western model of a liberated woman, with great emphasis on the body. Traditionally, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were modest countries and women dressed modestly. I knew that corporate world would 'catch the Indian woman's body'. The body is also the symbol of love and sexuality."

This is a rebellion against Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and other popular icons. Says Preeti Desai, a former Miss England, "Globally, we've seen a culture that promotes over-sexualised young girls. It was liberating to get implants, and to lap-dance."


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“The girls [whom the Times reporter] interviewed cited wholesome-seeming celebrities as their favorites. . . Is it possible that today’s teens have seen enough to inoculate them against the pressures of their teenage years?”

--Stephanie Rosenbloom, "Grade-School Girls, Grown-up Gossip," New York Times, May 27, 2007