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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"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