Remembering Helen Gurley Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Her 1962 book, "Sex and the Single Girl" was an American revelation: not only did unmarried women have sex, but they liked it, too. And as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965-1997, she laid the blueprint of the most successful women’s magazine in the world.

Helen Gurley Brown died yesterday in New York, aged 90.

Jennifer Scanlon, professor of the humanities in gender and women’s studies at Bowdoin College and author of "Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown."

Edith Zimmerman is editor of The Hairpin and wrote the recent New York Times Magazine feature: “99 Ways To Be Naughty in Kazakhstan: How Cosmo Conquered the World.”


Jennifer Scanlon and Edith Zimmerman

Produced by:

Mythili Rao and Paul R. Smith

Comments [4]

Helen Gurley Brown undoubtedly laid the groundwork for "SEX AND THE CITY !!! "

Aug. 15 2012 01:11 PM
glork from Glen Ridge, NJ

HGB certainly did more than anyone else singlehandedly to set women back centuries. Isn't it reassuring to know that the merit of your daughter's life will be measured by her skillful B***J** techniques, Larry?

Aug. 14 2012 10:40 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

Do men have to get down on our knees to thank Helen Gurley Brown because she said it was o.k. for women to get down on their knees? ( but from a place of empowerment.)

Women definitely have brought me to my knees in thanks and in mercy. I wouldn't want it any other way. I actually wish women would take over Politics entirely. It would be interesting to see what a four woman Presidential election would be like

Aug. 14 2012 10:13 AM
Elizabeth Shackelford from New York, NY

Helen Gurley Brown had a profound effect on me when I graduated from college in 1969. At that time my family life was in disarray and so living at home was no option. Having been forced to play by the gender rules all my life, I had a flatline C average due to achievement motivation problems. I also had a face full of acne, no husband and no job. I thought I was finished. I read her book Sex and the Single Girl and was inspired by her struggle to get started. She had 17 jobs before her successful one. She did not have a college degree and she said she had a face full of acne. When I heard her comment on The Takeaway about getting a job, maybe not the best one, to get your foot in the door, I thought RIGHT ON!

Aug. 14 2012 09:09 AM

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