"Author Wendy Shalit's new book, The Good Girl Revolution: Young Rebels with Self-Esteem and High Standards (Random House), brilliantly explores the cultural conundrum my daughter is experiencing.
This is a book - and a movement - whose time has come.
'I wanted to showcase a new generation of role models beyond Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, to get people thinking about - and talking about - girls who represent something deeper. There are so many amazing young women out there, but all you usually see in the media is the exhibitionists,' Ms. Shalit says.
Of course, celebrity role models of the 'bad girl' variety are only part of the problem. Ms. Shalit explains a host of reasons why today's hypersexuality and bold attitudes have permeated girl world, from the pathetically trashy Bratz dolls to parents and teachers who pressure girls to vamp it up just to fit in.
As the mother of three daughters, I'm grateful that Ms. Shalit has recast 'good girls' as powerful and self-possessed. Rather than feel sheepishly awkward about admitting they don't date, I want my girls to feel proud that their authentic self-esteem and high standards are worth honoring.
Of course, it's hard to ignore the irony here: In our culture, it's hopelessly uncool to be good, while being a 'bad girl' is both normal and expected."
“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