The Good Girl Revolution


Globe and Mail Review by Elizabeth Nickson

Elizabeth Nickson of the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, writes:

"Shalit marshals her evidence with the diligence of a trial lawyer. From hooker-rig-wearing Bratz dolls for four-year-olds, to Abercrombie and Fitch selling thongs to 10-year-olds with "eye candy" and "kiss me" printed on the front, to 12-year-olds listening to Ludacris singing about "ruff sex" ("make it hurt/ in the garden/ in the dirt"), to 13-year-olds telling porn star Jenna Jameson that she is their hero, Shalit makes it clear that for girls, the young world is not a safe harbour, but a Darwinian thrash hunt wherein their degradation is the prize.
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Shalit does not preach; she merely reports on the pockets of girls who are taking back their innocence and insisting it is not naiveté."


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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