The children and grandchildren of baby boomers have been called a lot of names, and most of the printable ones are taken from the alphabet: Generation X, Y and Z. The young professionals, as they call themselves, may turn out to be the most rebellious generation of all.
But Hillary, Obama and the Breck girl must tread carefully in pandering to them. They aren't nearly as receptive to blowing away restraints as their parents were.
These are the "New Victorians." They don't wear corsets or submit to confinement while pregnant, but they've turned against the sexual revolution, yearning for tradition in their lives. They're getting married and having babies and, unlike their parents, putting away childish things at an early age.
The New Vics don't even show much pity for their "spinster sisters" in their 30s, fretting because their biological clocks are ticking ever louder and they can't find suitable prospects among the Peter Pan bachelors who refuse to commit. The New Vics grew up on the sitcom "Sex and the City," and they don't approve of the way those characters lived reckless lives.
"While their forbears flitted away their 20s in a haze of booze, Bolivian marching powder and bed-hopping," observes the New York Observer, the hip Gotham weekly, "New Vics throw dinner parties, tend to pedigreed pets, practice earnest monogamy, and affect an air of complacent careerism. The adultery-filled pages of John Updike's best novels now seem like dispatches from a foreign land."
There's more than a touch of prudishness and priggishness among these nesters. They want to protect what they have. They call adulterers "home-wreckers," and women who indulge affairs "sluts." Their superstar models live a considerable distance from Brooke Shields, who pitched blue jeans with unsubtle sexual innuendo: "Nothing comes between me and my Calvins." Natalia Vodianova, age 25, a Russian model, is a new kind of Calvin Klein girl, featured in Vogue with her aristocratic British husband clutching a litter of white poodles. She's the mother of two, expecting a third.