Deborah Siegel

Deborah Siegel is a writer and consultant living in New York City. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave Macmillan). You can read more about her work at and on her blog, Girl with Pen.

Recent Articles

Unrequited Love: Musings on Girls Gone Mild

Author Wendy Shalit wrongly blames lenient baby-boomer parents and third- wave feminists for the hyper- sexual culture that surrounds young women.

"Strange as it sounds, upholding social standards has become the 'radical' position today." -- Wendy Shalit Had Wendy Shalit not adopted the tone of a beleaguered conservative, blaming feminism for turning young women into sluts, I could have gone with her all the way. She's not like those modesty-advocates of yore who fretted that women's liberation would result in coed bathrooms, and then went on to oppose the Equal Rights Amendment. She's different from the rest. Shalit (who once protested said bathrooms at Williams College) is onto good things with her new book Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good . In the era of Bratz Babyz and Care Bear thongs, Shalit advocates for self-acceptance over self-objectification, wholesome alternatives to "prostitot" fashion, and magazines that offer girls better advice than the injunction to "be cling-free like fabric softener" when it comes to dating boys. As my bubbe would say, what's there to disagree...