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The Good Girl Revolution: Young Rebels with Self-Esteem and High Standards

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Across the country, there’s a youth-led rebellion challenging the status quo. In Seattle and Pittsburgh, teenage girls protest against companies that sell sleazy clothing. Online, a nineteen-year-old describes her struggles with her mother, who she feels is pressuring her to lose her virginity. In a small town outside Philadelphia, an eleventh-grade girl, upset over a “dir ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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I really wanted to like this book. I agree with many of her assertions:

Females are more than their bodies.

It really is NOT empowering to flash one's "boobs" or engage in girl-on-girl action for male approval.

The pressure to meet beauty norms is overwhelming, especially because in today's culture, those beauty norms are largely about looking sexy.

The pressure to look sexy is accompanied by pressure to be sexy. That means embracing public displays of our bodies and sexuality-- often rooted in male
May 31, 2012 S.C. rated it really liked it
Only 23 and what some would describe as puritanical and shamefully naïve when she wrote her first book (A Return To Modesty: Rediscovering The Lost Virtue), Williams College philosophy graduate Wendy Shalit is now a little bit older, a little bit wiser and, I feel, more within her rights to discuss the intricacies and ramifications of sex now that she is married and has a child. Although she isn't selling the "modestynik" way of life in her newest treatise-turned-book "The Good Girl Revolution" ...more
Aug 26, 2008 AnnE rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I did feel that there were some parts that did not need to be so graphic. Especially if the target reading group is teenage girls.
Oct 01, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I thought Wendy Shalit brought up many good points about the consequences of what is considered normal behavior in society and how it hurts women more than it helps
Oct 28, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
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Feb 24, 2016 R.J. rated it did not like it
Ok so: I hate reviewing books I haven't read in full, or are clearly not written with an audience of me in mind, but I'm making an exception because this book is intentionally misleading, slapping a pseudo-feminist package over a conservative, misogynist message, and readers should know what they're getting into. The deal-breaker for me was when the author lied about the content of a Scarleteen article, steering young people away from one of the best, most comprehensive, non-judgmental, free res ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Annie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Moms of girls
Recommended to Annie by: Brynn Nufer
Thought provoking and great book club discussion. There is hope for our girls but it is scary that they face so much trash out there. The author is pretty good. There were parts that were a little too much or a little too lengthy but otherwise very interesting. And a part that I liked was that she offered specific solutions.
Dec 21, 2010 Chase rated it liked it
not as good as a return to modesty, but I thought it was pretty ok. Good girl revolution was interesting because it focused on the next wave of feminists--girls that are now in their teens. it was encouraging to think that there is hope for the future of our young women.
London Litchfield
Mar 30, 2012 London Litchfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent. Well written. Persuasive logic. Reinforces an uplifting way of life without compromising women's rights. Should be required reading for any mother of a daughter!
Dave Intlekofer
Apr 29, 2012 Dave Intlekofer rated it liked it
Interesting but a little repetitive. It was clear that Shalit cares about the issues, but she was clearly trying to be sensational with the facts. Unfortunately, much of it was not surprising.
Feb 01, 2011 Ana rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst-book-ever
This may be the worst book I have ever finished reading. More on this when I have time.
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