Monday, August 27, 2007

The Sexual Revolution: Where Are the Winners?

A store in Los Angeles “does a brisk online business selling ‘Child Pimp and Ho Costumes’ for Halloween.” It’s not children who are buying them—it’s parents buying them for their children. And parents are also buying “Shopping Ho” T-shirts for their toddlers and fishnet stockings for their 8-year-olds.

Two self-identified “women’s studies feminists,” Melinda Gallagher and Emily Kramer, start a group that “hosts parties where women disrobe and bump and grind in order to ‘explore, express, and define sexuality for themselves.’” Other young feminists “have equated ‘dancing at a strip club’ with ‘volunteering at a women’s shelter’ in its potential to ‘radicalize’ women in a positive way.”

Meanwhile, the head of the National Organization for Women, Kim Gandy, refuses to take a decisive stand on the popular Girls Gone Wild videos when asked, snapping, “I think they should [take their clothes off on camera] if they want to! What does that have to do with feminism?”...

Alarmed? You should be.

But these are the fruits of feminism, just a few of the natural consequences that occur when an entire culture rebels against decency, responsibility, religion, and yes, even standards of self-interest.

The paragraphs above, however, come from an excellent Breakpoint article written by Gina Dalfonzo exploring the themes of Wendy Shalit’s new book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good. I posted an entry here in July linking you to Mona Charen's review of the same book but Dalfonzo brings out a few points that are particularly right-on. Check it out.