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Taylor Moore, First Featured in Good Girl Revolution, Profiled in Chicago Tribune

The media has been catching up to Taylor Moore, a role model extensively profiled in Wendy's book. Since being featured in The Good Girl Revolution, Taylor has been interviewed in The Chicago Tribune among other publications, and brought on as a teen expert--twice--on "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet." Way to go, Taylor!

Read the Tribune article (Shalit quoted in piece)

Modest Proposals: Take Back the Campus (Panel - November 13, 5pm - 7pm)

Join Laura Sessions Stepp, a Washington Post writer and author of Unhooked (2007), Dr. Miriam Grossman, a campus psychiatrist at UCLA and author of Unprotected (2006), Wendy Shalit, author of A Return to Modesty (1999) and Girls Gone Mild (2007), Cassandra DeBenedetto, a recent graduate of Princeton University and founder of Princeton's Anscombe Society, and Dawn Eden, the director of the Cardinal Newman Society's Love and Responsibility Program and author of The Thrill of the Chaste (2007).

A book signing and wine-and-cheese reception will follow the discussion.

Wendy Shalit Lecture at the Toronto Jewish Book Fair

A talk about the new role models and reclaiming feminism, with book signing to follow
8PM, Sunday November 11th Toronto's Leah Posluns Theatre, next to the Bathurst Jewish Community Center on 4588 Bathurst St.

Adults $10--all proceeds to benefit the Koffler Centre of the Arts--but students admitted FREE. Tickets available at the door. There will be some mature material in the talk, so it is not appropriate for those under 16.

'Mild, Mild Life' (The National Review)


But today, more and more sensible young women are bridling when they hear “bitches” and “hos” on the radio. And it’s not a political issue in the least. A 25-year-old former model tells Shalit that it won’t be the conservative media that will help the culture go mild. The revolution, the model says, will continue to happen from within: It will start in a girl’s childhood home, “with a mother who values herself, and a father who respects her.” It will continue in college and in the workplace.

On that Air with BBC's "Woman's Hour"

Woman's Hour asks "Do young women feel pressured to be 'wild' or 'sexy' in a culture that sees 'modest' as dull?" Listen to this segment of Wendy with the BBC's Jenni Murray.

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."

'Girls Gone Mild' Movement Catching On

Glee Magazine writes

Shalit defines “girls gone mild” as teens and young women who reject promiscuous bad-girl roles and resist pressure from the media and one’s peers to be sex symbols; ultimately, they are not really “mild” at all but instead, reclaiming their individuality.

Anneli Rufus Finds "Bad Girls" Anthology Supports GIRLS GONE MILD Thesis

Rufus writes in the East Bay Express:

In Girls Gone Mild (Random House, $22.95), Wendy Shalit ponders a new phenomenon: young females who don't service strangers and dress like hos. Crazy, eh? Shalit interviewed hundreds who buck peer pressure, advertisements, the Bratz aesthetic, and Eve Enslerism by wearing less-than-skintight clothes, rapping about abstinence, and refusing to go girl-on-girl to entertain guys. They defy the expectations of a culture in which, Shalit laments, "being publicly sexual has become the only acceptable way for girls to demonstrate maturity. ... Looking 'wild' and acting 'wild' are supposed to be empowering, but more often they lead to misery, especially for young women who quickly learn to put their emotions in a deep freeze in order to do what is expected."

NPR "Talk of the Nation," with host Neal Conan

Thursday, Aug. 23rd (2pm-2:40pm), Wendy will be discussing the modesty movement on NPR with Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated column “Ask Amy” for the Chicago Tribune. The show will be taking calls from listeners, so please call in with your questions or comments.

National Post: Rebelling against a culture of porn

Barbara Kay writes:

Which is the greater oppression -- sexual virtue imposed by the patriarchy, or sexual libertinism imposed by the matriarchy?

They call it empowerment, but in fact the decade-long vogue for "girls gone wild" -- "bad" as the new sexual "good"-- is just another form of cultural tyranny. Except now the oppressors are post-morality theorists and "desperate housewife" moms urging public "hotness," rather than stern, moralistic fathers suppressing it.


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Notable and Quotable

Wendy Shalit, on why tweens shouldn't have to look "sexy":  

"There is no longer any mystery or power to sex--it is just expected that everything will be sexual, and so nothing is. There is nothing to wait for, or to look forward to."