Modesty Making a Comeback

Britney, Paris, and Lindsay may be getting all the headlines, but watchers of the cultural scene say that America’s young women are rebelling against the super-sexed image that has been foisted on them by an earlier generation.

A spate of articles in Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and ABC News have followed the release of Wendy Shalit’s new book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good. This book follows her earlier work, A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue.

In this latest tome, the author

claims that more and more young women today, put off by our hypersexualized culture, are reverting to an earlier idea of femininity. They wear modest clothing and even act with unbrazen kindness. They don’t mind abstinence programs at school, and they prefer a version of feminism based on self-respect rather than sex-performance parity. They also take matters into their own hands when craven adults neglect to object to the objectionable.

Some fashion designers are beginning to take notice of this shift in values, and are marketing clothing that covers more and reveals less.

A number of websites are providing an outlet for these women to express their desire for more traditional femininity. See, for example:

Come to think of it, maybe Britney, Paris, and Lindsay are actually doing us a big favor by their outrageous behavior. Young girls are so turned off by these losers that they’re hungering for something more solid, more fulfilling. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are finally beginning to look as shallow as they really are.

This grandfather is encouraged. You go girls!


One response to “Modesty Making a Comeback

  1. Christa Taylor is another designer selling lovely and pretty clothing aimed at those wishing to look feminine and pretty but still be modest (of course, I’m not sure some of the apparel now marketed toward women is feminine OR pretty…). (

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