Girls Gone Mild

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Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good
Author Wendy Shalit
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
June 26, 2007
Pages 316
ISBN 1-4000-6473-2

Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good is a book by Wendy Shalit published by Random House in 2007.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


An investigation into an emerging new movement of young women rediscovering their capacity for innocence.

Critical reception for Girls Gone Mild has been mixed. Some positive reviews have praised Shalit for her message that girls can be modest in an over-sexualized society. As one reviewer notes, “Adults in authority—school administrators, commentators, and government officials—often seem to want teens to get only one side of the sexuality story. But girls need—and want—an alternative. In letting more and more young Americans know the alternative is out there.”[10]

Some have criticized Shalit’s stance on modesty. Some argue that Shalit’s argument implies that a girl’s end goal is to remain modest for her ultimate end goal of marriage. Another critique is that Shalit appears to argue that women are responsible for men’s behavior. As one critic notes, “Revamping outdated notions of femininity and positioning them as cutting edge may be a smart way to sell a glut of baggy bathing suits then, but it sure doesn't sound like a revolution.”[11]


  1. ^ Catton, Pia. "A Modest Rebellion: Modern feminism's compulsory coarseness spurs a backlash". The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Craven, S. Michael. "Girls Gone Wild, Boys Gone Mild". The Christian Post August 6, 2007.
  3. ^ Howard, Jennifer. "Post-sleaze possibilities: Wendy Shalit touts idea of 'rebellious good girls'". Book World. Washington Post August 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Kay, Barbara. "Rebelling Against a Culture of Porn".
  5. ^ Miller, Cheryl. "Modern girls and the moral revival they are leading". Washington Times August 5, 2007.
  6. ^ Nickson, Elizabeth. "The Return of the Virgin". The Globe and Mail July 14, 2007.
  7. ^ Pollitt, Katha. "The Solipsisters". Bookend. New York Times April 18, 1999.
  8. ^ Yabroff, Jennie. "Girls Going Mild(er): A new 'modesty movement' aims to teach young women they don't have to be bad, or semiclad". Newsweek 2007.
  9. ^ Wendelin, Greta. "From Sexism to Feminism: Arguments of Definition in A Return to Modesty and Girls Gone Mild". MA Thesis. University of Kansas, 2009.
  10. ^ Lopez, Kathryn Jean (2007). "Mild, Mild Life". National Review. 59 (18): 66. 
  11. ^ Valenti, Jessica (28 July 2006). "G2: Women: Chastity Is Chic: . . . Well It Is in the US, Where a Group of 'Sexual Revolutionaries' Are Urging Women to Preserve Their Modesty until Marriage. Jessica Valenti Asks Is This Radical or Just Retrograde?". The Guardian (London). 18. 

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