Saturday, May 9, 2009

I recently finished reading "Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown" by Jennifer Scanlon. Helen Gurley Brown was the Editor of Cosmopolitan for over twenty years and she was a maverick who changed the nations views on women and how they should behave at work, socially, and sexually. Along with Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinam, Helen Gurley Brown had her own stance on womens liberation, and had her own followers. She was a self made woman who rose to the top without any higher education and remained single far longer than what was considered appropriate for women in the 50's and 60's. She published a book called "Sex and the Single Girl"..promoted it across the country and became an inspiration to many. Her life and her views are pretty interesting, and were definitely far ahead of their time.

I just read this article in the New York Times about women bullying other women in the workplace, and how catty, and sabotaging they are to one another and it definitely made me think that these women need some advice from Helen. Instead of pushing each other to do better, and to succeed women tell on each other, complain and do whatever necessary to knock each other down.

Ehh it sucks..


  1. They just did a profile of her in the New Yorker about people trying to grapple with whether she truly was a feminist or not. On one hand she was all for sexual liberation but on the other hand some of her comments were always a definite no no, like if you're not being harassed you're doing something wrong..hmm.

  2. Ooh..I think she was a fem. I wanna read the article..the book a lil diff than i thought it would be but def good was more long term paper than fun bio