She is the author of the book A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, published by Free Press in 1999. Her book has attracted much controversy, most notably earning her attacks from Katha Pollitt in The New York Times and Larry Flynt in Hustler magazine, where she was awarded the A--hole of the Month title.
At the same time, Shalit received many letters of support from young women who were disenchanted with the sexual revolution, prompting her to start an online support forum called ModestyZone.net. ModestyZone hosts the ModestlyYours blog, with 20 bloggers "of all ages and backgrounds whose voices are not normally heard in the mainstream (or even non-mainstream) media.
Mona Charen has called ModestlyYours an "antidote to the vulgarity that is shoved in our faces from magazine covers, television, raunch radio, movies, and shows. . . Shalit names a "rebel of the month" on the site, choosing young women who exemplify modesty, intelligence, and integrity.They are the counter counterculture -- and not a minute too soon.
Shalit's second book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good, was released on June 26th, 2007.
She currently lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Books: Petra Pan Flies in the Face of the Facts Any Takers for Patriarchy, Chastity and Obedience? Joan Smith Won't Be Signing Up for a Future That Returns Women to the Veil of Tears; A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit Simon & Schuster, Pounds 16.99, 291pp
Jul 03, 1999; IN THE last three decades, women have set about reclaiming their bodies, their sexuality, even the language which was once used...