Girls Gone Mild
Wendy Shalit is a big name in Modesty, and in Girls Gone Mild, she lays out why she believes that Western Culture is swinging back toward modest and away from the hookup culture that has defined our recent past.
Shalit starts with where we currently are—in a world where sex is not special, where girls from the very young are taught that sexy is where it’s at.
And I can attest to this. At a recent baseball practice, my four year old daughter was at the baseball park with us, and some girls were there that weren’t much older than she was, but that went to public school, and scrawled on the bleachers was the word “sexy.” The girls seemed to know what that meant, but fortunately told my daughter it meant “cute.”
From there, Shalit goes into detail about what she’s hearing from young women around America. What’s she’s found is that there is a fourth wave of feminism, a mild wave that’s not like the current promiscuous culture.
She found that many young women are deciding to not participate in the hookup culture. They’re making choice and see the power in modesty. Most of all, they’re seeing that it’s actually counter culture to be the good girl and to have self respect.
I found this book very enlightening and encouraging. It gives you a positive perspective on the next generation and a hope that the pendulum may truly be turning.
I’d recommend it for anyone that wants to read up on the modesty battles, and yet, there’s a caution. Some of the language in the book is strong, appealing to the current culture. I showed the book to my sister-in-law when I first got it, and I was embarrassed at one of the chapter titles because it used a word that rhymed with witch.
So, keep in mind that Shalit is not Christian, and doesn’t make any connection to Godly morals. Other than that, it’s a great book and worth the read, since she is an authority on the modesty movement.
I received this book for free from the publisher on condition of a review. The review is all my own.