The Good Girl Revolution

The Parent Trap: Are You Experienced? (Globe & Mail )

Alison Motluk writes in the Globe and Mail:

Parents have always had to cope with headstrong teenagers and mismatched mores. But as boomer parents usher their kids through adolescence, some are finding themselves in an unusual position: They're the ones encouraging their children to give sex a whirl, while their cautious teens are preaching chastity. And it's a reversal that many boomers, who came of age in the era of free love, didn't anticipate.


In Girls Gone Mild, Toronto author Wendy Shalit examines some of the reasons why young people are putting off their sexual debut. ... Parental pressure to have sex, Ms. Shalit says, is just as oppressive as the expectation the previous generation faced to remain a virgin until marriage. "Parents mean well, but many are adding to the pressure," she says. "Sometimes, they can make their kids feel there's not another option."


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"Sometimes when daughters have a bad-girl mother, they rebel and become good girls. They are constantly embarrassed by me!"

--Ellen Sussman, 52, editor of Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, on her two daughters, ages 19 and 21 (MORE magazine July/August 2007)