Wendy, called by Newsweek "a prodigy at cracking the codes of culture," has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, MTV, The View and "The Today Show," among other places. Her numerous radio appearances have been heard by millions of listeners on national radio, including on NPR ("The Diana Rehm Show, " "Across the Nation"), the BBC ("BBC Women's Hour"), and on Canada's CBC ("Sounds Like Canada"). Her work has been featured in print publications such as Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, in addition to appearing in a number of other North American and foreign publications.
"The 'Babies' Call to Arms," The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2010
"Why Miley Cyrus is Stripping Down as She Grows Up," The New York Daily News, August 18, 2009
"Delighting In Dust Bunnies: The Elusive Quest for Domestic Order," The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2009
"Hookup Ink," Academic Questions, February 17, 2009
"Too Modest for TV," The Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2007
"Modest Extremes: Why an Observant Jew Understands Sexuality Better Than Hugh Hefner,"In Character, Winter 2006
"Not Liberating, After All," The Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2005
"The Observant Reader," New York Times, January 30, 2005
"Must Orthodox Fiction be So Fictional?" Jewish World Review, February 15, 2005
“Orthodoxies,” Commentary, May 2000
“Clueless,” The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 1999
“Sex, Sadness, and the City,"City Journal, Autumn 1999
“Youth Wants to Know,”The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 1999
“Among the Gender Benders,” Commentary, January 1999
“Daddy’s Little Girl,” First Things, March 1999
"Vive La Différence,” Forbes ASAP, October 4, 1999
“When Multiculturalism Turns Racist,” The Wall Street Journal, December 31, 1998
“Have You No Shame? Not On-Line,” The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 1998
“Alternative Lice-Styles,” The Wall Street Journal, January 22, 1998
“Feminism Lives,” National Review, April 6, 1998
“Whose Choice,” NationalReview, May 18, 1998
“Sex Ed’s Dead End,” and “The New Cosmo Girl,” City Journal, Spring 1998
“I Take Me,” City Journal, Winter 1998
“Intermarriage, Inc.,” Commentary, March 1997
“A Tale of Three Pregnancies,” First Things, March 1997
“Diversity’s Limits," The City Journal, Autumn 1997
“Daughters of the Sexual Revolution,” Commentary, December 1997
“Babar and the Book of (Bad) Values,”The Weekly Standard, February 12, 1996
“The Death of Girlhood,” The Weekly Standard, April 29, 1996
“A Ladies’ Room of One’s Own,” Commentary August 1995
“A Feminist Seder,” Commentary, January 1995
In April 2009, she successfully argued in support of the proposition "It's Wrong to Pay for Sex" at an Intelligence Squared debate alongside Catherine MacKinnon, anti-prostitution activist Melissa Farley, and against Sydney Biddle Barrows, the "Mayflower Madam" and academics Tyler Cowen and Lionel Tiger. This Manhattan debate was moderated by ABC's John Donvan and syndicated on 180 NPR affiliates.
In February 2009, Wendy participated in a debate at the Oxford Union at Oxford University in opposition to the proposition "The House Believes Promiscuity is a Virtue, Not a Vice." After the debate, the House rejected the motion.
September 12, 2008: Wendy was part of a New York Times "Freakonomics" Quorum on the subject of "How to Think About Sex"
Wendy was invited to speak and participate in a Harvard University panel about "The Future of Feminism" on April 10-11, 2008. Fellow speakers included Katie Roiphe and Camille Paglia.
Spring of 2007: Wendy was invited to guest blog at the “Great Mate Debate,” a blog about love and relationships hosted by Chemistry.com. Her posts appeared alongside those of “He’s Just Not That Into You” author and comic Greg Behrendt and infamous sex advice columnist Dan Savage.
September 2005: Wendy debated the influence of pornography with Northwestern Professor Laura Kipnis in Slate magazine.
Wendy Shalit was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Williams College in 1997. She is an author, cultural critic, and public speaker whose essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, Slate, and numerous other publications. Today Wendy Shalit lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario.
Her first book about how modesty is misunderstood, A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, was published by Simon and Schuster in 1999 and appeared on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list. Her second book, The Good Girl Revolution: Young Rebels with Self-Esteen and High Standards, challenges the "bad girl script" fed to girls as young as age 4, and showcases a new generation of role models. According to Dr. Patricia Dalton, clinical psychologist in practice in Washington, D.C.:
"When Wendy Shalit wrote "A Return To Modesty" in 1999, she knew which way the cultural winds were blowing. Since that time, the sleaze factor in our culture has worsened in ways about which numbers of people now express dismay. But in her new book, Wendy Shalit has documented voices of real girls who are raising important questions about the culture around them. Many of these individual girls are taking action to counter this prevailing culture--putting a new slant on counter-cultural. The Good Girl Revolution profiles girls and young women who think for themselves. They are proud of who and what they are, and are making the choices that will allow them to continue to feel this way."
Wendy has given lectures across North America and parts of Europe. She has delivered talks at Harvard, Berkeley, Northwestern, Fordham, Swarthmore College and at many other universities, conferences, and addressed numerous community groups and organizations.
"Wendy Shalit single-handedly transforms the way we view sexuality, and she is outrageously right-on. The Good Girl Revolution is a book celebrating what women truly are and can be: loved, loving, strong, and complex. Shalit is a woman of high intellect, yet her arguments are witty, hip and logically presented (and she is also truly very funny ) making this book accessible and profound for the young and mature reader alike."--Dr. Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist at UCLA and former "Blossom" star
"I cannot express to you how grateful I am to you for coming and speaking last night. It was one of the best turnouts we've ever had for an event, and the audience was probably the most receptive I've ever seen. It was such a pleasure meeting you, and you have been such an inspiration to myself, and I'm sure everyone in that audience last night. "
--Jenna Felz, head of Women’s Empowerment Group, Fordham University, November 29, 2007
Even Camille Paglia, a critic of Wendy's first book, had this to say:
"Wendy Shalit’s first book, A Return to Modesty. . . created a storm when it was published nine years ago but whose influence can be detected in today’s campus chastity clubs, including here at Harvard. As a veteran of pro-sex feminism who still endorses pornography and prostitution, I say more power to all these chaste young women who are defending their individuality and defying groupthink and social convention. That is true feminism!"
--Camille Paglia, April 10, 2008
Here's a segment of a talk I gave at an Event called "Modest Proposals" hosted by the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.