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Wendy Shalit

Wendy Shalit, author of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue and Girls Gone Mild, earned her B.A. in philosophy from Williams College, after which she served as contributing editor of City Journal. Her work has been published in, among others, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and National Review. Shalit lives with her husband and son in Toronto, Ontario, where she enjoys various modern appliances such as the dishwasher, and has no desire to return to the 19th Century.

Wendy Shalit was also a guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Report, "Wandering Towards the Altar." A short description of the Report is available here.

MARS HILL AUDIO Report 4

Wandering toward the Altar: The Decline of American Courtship

Available for mp3 purchase
Much public attention is given to the decline of marriage and the family in America, but few have thought to relate this decline to the changing ways in which Americans understand and practice courtship. The cultural wisdom and conventions that once guided young men and women in their efforts to find and win suitable partners for marriage are vanishing. Modesty and sexual restraint are ridiculed, while previously stigmatized behaviors such as casual sexual "hook-ups" and premarital cohabitation have become commonplace. Wandering tyoward the Altar explores the broader cultural changes behind the end of traditional American courtship, including the rise of youth culture and dating, the demise of the productive family household, careerism and the later age of first marriage, the replacement of romantic imagination with youthful cynicism about love and marriage, and the exclusion of home and family from the practices of courting. This program features studio interviews with Leon and Amy Kass, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Wendy Shalit, Allan C. Carlson, Beth Bailey, Steven Nock, Kay Hymowitz, and Douglas Wilson, as well as extensive field reporting. Available in downloadable MP3 format (burnable to 4 standard CDs). 4.5 hours.

MARS HILL AUDIO Journal

Volume 38

Guests on Volume 38: Craig Gay, on how modern culture encourages atheism; Alvin Kernan, on why the academy can't afford to be too democratic; Erik Davis, on myth, magic, and mysticism in the age of information; Marva Dawn, on teaching children about being the Church; Wendy Shalit, on the lost virtue of female modesty; Marva Dawn, on sexual education and the Church's children; Leon Podles, on why men are often alienated from Christianity; and Dan Blazer, on the incomplete conversation between psychiatry and Christianity.