Return to Modesty Wendy Shalit Author A Return To Modesty [Free Press, January 11, 1999] Elizabeth Austin Essayist whose work has appeared in the The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, and The Washington Monthly. The time-honored virtue of modesty may be making a comeback. With equal rights for women came the freedom to compete and be as aggressive as men...in the boardroom, and in the bedroom. But a growing number of women, and some men, are saying sexual freedom is not that desirable after all. Join us as we explore the nineties version of sexual modesty and how a return to a more traditional concept of love and sex might affect relations between the sexes.