The Good Girl Revolution

Sacramento Bee writes about "Britney backlash"

Cynthia Hubert writes in the Sacramento Bee:

[...] according to a new book, North America is witnessing the beginnings of a Britney backlash, a return to a less-promiscuous, more innocent time.

Wendy Shalit makes a case for this youth-led rebellion in her book "Girls Gone Mild" (Random House, $25.95, 352 pages).

"The one thing I heard over and over," she writes, "was how desperate they were for a new set of role models," ones who dress less provocatively, mind their manners and insist on being virgins until marriage.

The book "is about my search for an alternative to our 'Girls Gone Wild' culture," she says via e-mail.

"I want to put the focus on girls who are doing great things beyond just flashing their bodies for strangers."



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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