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What do Britney Spears, "Laguna Beach," and the best-selling Gossip Girl books all have in common?
Commentator Carol Platt Liebau cites all as contributors to our culture's oversexualization. Such examples cue America's young girls to believe that sexiness trumps intelligence and character at even the highest levels of influence and power.
Liebau argues that relaxed attitudes toward sexuality are damaging girls in their formative years and ultimately harming America by increasing social ills. "Once upon a time," Liebau writes, "'slut' was one of the greatest insults. But now, being a 'prude' is deemed to be even worse."
Smart, timely, and compassionate, PRUDE argues for the restoration of common sense values to our sex-saturated society.
A Message From Carol
Prude is an in-depth look at the forces telling girls that "sexiness" is the most important quality in a woman -- of more value than character, or intelligence, or talent. For those who aren't aware of just how sexualized teen-oriented fashion, reading, movies, television and music have become and why, it's a wake-up call. For parents who want their daughters to understand the physical, emotional and psychological dangers of giving too much, too soon, it puts all the facts at their fingertips. And for anyone who cares about the impact that teen sexuality has on America's economic and social life -- and believes it's time for a more wholesome teen culture -- it's a call to arms.
Carol Platt Liebau, the author of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), is a political and cultural commentator based near Los Angeles, California. She is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University, where she served as editorial chairman of The Daily Princetonian, and Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 1992 as the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review.
Carol has been a law clerk for Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, legislative assistant to Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond of Missouri, a consultant to the 1994 Senate campaign of John D. Ashcroft, and policy advisor and counsel for Tom Campbell's U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. She also practiced appellate law for four years in her hometown of St. Louis.
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Praise for "Prude"
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"I am going to make PRUDE required reading for all my listeners!"
-- Dr. Laura Schlessinger, bestselling author of
" If you are a mom or a dad, a grandmother or a grandfather, an aunt or an uncle, or a big sister or a big brother of a young girl about to enter or already in her teen years, you need to buy this book . . . This is the rarest of books -- one that could save a life. Liebau is surveying a culture that tells girls and teenage women to do everything they can to defeat themselves, to sell themselves short, to think of themselves first and sometimes only as sexual beings . . . With compelling specificity, Liebau lays out exactly how parents and all the other adults in the U.S. can take real-world steps to change the world that now works to limit girls . . . Read it. Pass it on. The life you save may be the one closest to you."
-- Hugh Hewitt,
"All parents want their daughters to be healthy and happy. Smart parents will recruit Carol Platt Liebau to help rescue the girls they love from the destructive forces they face. Liebau sounds an alarm we dare not ignore in her brave, groundbreaking book."
-- Kate O'Beirne, Washington editor of National Review and author of Women Who Make the World Worse
"PRUDE is anything but prudish in its straight talk about the damaging effects of a sex-saturated culture on young girls. Carol Platt Liebau minces no words as she tallies the physical, emotional, and spiritual costs of a sexual revolution that lost track of hard-won common sense. Her aim: nothing less than marshalling the forces of prudence against the commercial and ideological interests that are endangering the health and happiness of countless young people."
-- Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law, Harvard University
"In PRUDE, Carol Liebau skips the happy talk and presents a sobering look at the corrosive effects of a permissive and promiscuous culture. If you can handle the truth, read it. And then share it with a teenage girl."
-- Kellyanne Conway, president of
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