Girls Gone Mild is ... an intelligent, illuminating, and
unexpectedly optimistic book about those young women who have chosen to
opt out of the [sexual] revolution. They are looking, she says, for “a new set of role models,” and so Girls Gone Mild also contains profiles of several young women, most of whom are black, who have publicly broken ranks with the hookup culture.
Elizabeth Nickson of the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, writes:
"Shalit marshals her evidence with the diligence of a trial lawyer. ... Shalit does not preach; she merely reports on the pockets of girls who are taking back their innocence and insisting it is not naiveté."
Jennie Yabroff writes:
ModestApparelUSA.com, ModestByDesign.com and DressModestly.com all advocate a return to styles that leave almost everything to the imagination. They cater to what writer Wendy Shalit claims is a growing movement of "girls gone mild"—teens and young women who are rejecting promiscuous "bad girl" roles embodied by Britney Spears, Bratz Dolls and the nameless, shirtless thousands in "Girls Gone Wild" videos.
The Wall Street Journal covers the backlash against today's "compulsory coarseness" in "A Modest Rebellion".
Despite the fact that porn is mainstream, and despite the fact that those who to choose to delay sex are labeled “prudes,” a youth-led rebellion is challenging the status quo. Why?
For the first time, in GIRLS GONE MILD: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good (Random House; On-sale: June 26, 2007), we hear the voices at the frontlines of this emerging new movement, from someone who has been talking to these “rebellious good girls” for almost ten years. Some of them, Shalit reports, are pressured by their own mothers to lose their virginity, and come to resent it; others just don’t think they need to be “bad” to be liberated in the first place.
Author Wendy Shalit reports on a growing trend of new female role models who are rebelling--by reclaiming their individuality instead of going along with the pressure to be "bad." As Publisher's Weekly puts it,“this book takes a hard look. . . at how we got to where we are andwhat progress can be made, and does so with a conviction that willresonate with and bolster many parents.”
The Good Girl Revolution (Ballantine) is a new paperback edition of Girls Gone Mild and includes adiscussion guide for classrooms and book clubs.
“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