Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon

By Jennifer Scanlon

Whilst reviewing the good figures of feminism, few might recall to mind the author of the Cosmo lady, yet as Jennifer Scanlon argues in her attention-grabbing biography undesirable ladies move all over the place: The lifetime of Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan and diva of the hot York journal global powerfully replaced the best way smooth tradition perspectives the one girl. From Brown's first booklet, intercourse and the one lady, a daring precursor to latest unapologetic intercourse within the urban, to her enhancing of the main broadly learn women's journal on the planet, Brown defied conventional mores to proclaim the single woman's correct to happiness. the 1st girl to publicly say there has been one other function to be had within the conservative context of the Nineteen Sixties, Brown provided American ladies a revelation that led to a revolution. Scanlon tracks the trajectory of Brown's occupation as a frank, fearless champion for girls, from her help for abortion rights to her calls for that freedom of selection for girls contain every little thing from type to politics, displaying how Brown has encouraged for ladies whereas reaching nice advertisement good fortune. the 1st to target Helen Gurley Brown, Scanlon's fascinating biography accords Brown a spot one of the early leaders of the second one wave of the feminist stream. In undesirable ladies move in every single place, Scanlon's impressively researched portrait indicates us that Helen Gurley Brown is a girl of interesting contradictions, carving out her personal distinctive philosophy of pragmatic feminism, a philosophy that defines the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls at the present time. Scanlon's perceptive account of this smart public determine tracks the collision among sexual politics and trade, supplying new perception into the social forces that form smooth lifestyles. To learn it's to higher know how feminism operates in our daily lives.

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40 This remark might appear cavalier, even callous, but it suggests the practical side of Helen Gurley, the side that recognized that survival itself required both hard work and more than a smidgen of selfishness. Gurley began working while she attended business school, typing up on-air announcements at radio station WKHJ in Los Angeles. She found her boss a “rather unpleasant fellow” but acknowledged that she made annoying errors on an almost daily basis. Once she had him announce fiftieth birthday greetings to a twelve-year-old child; another time she had him announce a fourth wedding anniversary to a couple of thirteen-yearolds.

Once she earned the top pay available at Radio Station WKHJ and completed her secretarial training, she began her characteristic practice of switching jobs to raise her pay by even the smallest amount. She got fired a few times along the way as well, the first time for sleeping at her desk and another time for not sleeping with her boss. Sex with the boss remained an option, however, and she engaged in the practice early in her career. She worked for a short time for Paul Ziffren, a struggling young tax attorney who would later become head of the Democratic Party in California.

I was not Mother Teresa. I tried to do right by my sister, because there, by the grace of God, it could have been me. ”40 This remark might appear cavalier, even callous, but it suggests the practical side of Helen Gurley, the side that recognized that survival itself required both hard work and more than a smidgen of selfishness. Gurley began working while she attended business school, typing up on-air announcements at radio station WKHJ in Los Angeles. She found her boss a “rather unpleasant fellow” but acknowledged that she made annoying errors on an almost daily basis.

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