November 9, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown

Though Brown is best known as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, it was her first book, Sex and the Single Girl that brought her to the public eye and secured her position at Cosmo. The book was a celebration of a single life in which women enjoyed as much sexual freedom as men did.....

Born in Green Forest, Arkansas, an outpost of the Ozarks, to a “hillbilly” family, Brown remembered her difficult upbringing as she searched for an alternate road; one unlike that of which her parents had experienced. Offering women a different view, and celebrating a lifestyle that didn’t conform to the societal norms for women at the time, was what drove her career....

Helen Gurley Brown’s landmark work Sex and the Single Girl was published in 1962 on the brink of the Sexual Revolution. Featuring the terms “sex” and “single girl,” the title alone was enough to incite collective gasps amongst traditionalists emerging from the sexually suffocating 1950s, a decade dedicated to celebrating the ins-and-outs of housewifery. Sex and the Single Girl offered a new path, one for women who failed to fit into the happily married mold....

What Every Girl Should Know was considered so controversial that the Post Office banned one of the columns since it dealt with venereal diseases. Because the words “gonorrhea” and “syphilis” were included in the article, they violated the Comstock Law of 1873, which outlawed lewd, lascivious, indecent, and obscene publications. Instead of the column, its readers turned to the The Call one Sunday morning, to see the article masthead — “What Every Girl Should Know” and then the words: “NOTHING by order of the Post Office.”..... (как же жывучы идиоты :)

Хелен Гёрли Браун (18 февраля 1922, Гринфорест, Арканзас - 13 августа 2012, Нью-Йорк) — американская писательница и журналистка, феминистка, знаменитый редактор женского журнала Cosmopolitan.

Sanger, “Tell Girls Things they Should Know,” 1916

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