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May 28, 2007



I'd actually like to thank today's media for this change. Everywhere you see pictures of Paris, Lindsey, or Britany drunk, drugged and looking AWFUL, none of the little girls I know want to look like a drowned-rat heroine-addict, or shave their heads in the middle of a nervous break down... and the idea of going out in a mini-skirt without underwear still eveokes a round of "EWWWWWWWS" from the younger crowd. Little girls don't want to be like that when they grow up, they'd much rather be pretty and nice and friendly like Ann Hathaway or Dakota Fanning (although she is slightly creepy she looks cute and doesn't look like she had one too many rough nights).


Bad girls tend not to have a lot of friends and most young women want to have friends.


I agree with you that this was a great article showing how the tide is indeed turning.
I can't wait for your new book as it is especially confusing today to sort out the messages girls are receiving from other women, men, media, parents and mentors.

Gina Dalfonzo

Wendy, this article would seem to back up that one, I think.


Alexandra Foley

In my opinion, the sad reality is that Hollywood immodesty has become part of the drinking water to the extent that most people are going to be deeply affected by it. I think it is the "thinking" teens and tweens (or those with parents who work hard to help their kids be thinkers) that are having this "backlash" reaction to rampant immodesty. I am happy for this small victory and hope that it will improve future generations.

I agree with Louise. It really is hard to be a girl nowadays because there are so many conflicting messages and expectations.


I'd love to think this young girl's statement is proof of an upward trend but I'm a bit skeptical. Every girl knows the right answer to "Do you want to be like Paris Hilton?" Of course no one is going to answer affirmatively to that. The problem is, I think that the "correct" answer given is often intellectual and not practical. Many girls know they don't want to grow up to be a crazy, party girl but are still acting in a way that almost assures they'll become one.


Here a bit late, but I'm a Williams alum and heard about your new book in Ephblog (I'd heard about the first senior year from a nun-in-training visiting campus actually).

I hope the tide is turning. Because my 6th grade girls just scare me sometimes. It makes me sad to see how quickly they've grown up and how utterly unprepared emotionally and mentally they are to deal with where their hormones have taken them.

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