The Good Girl Revolution


But how can we know that this trend will continue?

We don't--the future depends on my readers. The more we smirk at the good girl, the more girls will behave in ways they are deeply uncomfortable with, just to fit in. But if we can get over our preconceptions about these girls, and expand our notion of empowerment to include them, then, yes, I believe society could really change. These girls are already out there--we just have to appreciate them, and their ranks will increase. I can say this confidently because I get letters all the time from girls who say, "I was about to give up on what I wanted, because I thought I was the only one, but now that I know I'm not, I'm going to live the life I want to live and stand up to the peer pressure." So let's give young people that chance, instead of automatically scoffing at those who don't want to go along with the crowd.

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Notable and Quotable

“The girls [whom the Times reporter] interviewed cited wholesome-seeming celebrities as their favorites. . . Is it possible that today’s teens have seen enough to inoculate them against the pressures of their teenage years?”

--Stephanie Rosenbloom, "Grade-School Girls, Grown-up Gossip," New York Times, May 27, 2007