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Today comes news that Helen Gurley Brown has passed away. Click here for CBS News reporting on the death (video) and they also offer a photo essay "Pictures: Helen Gurley Brown: 1922-2012." She revived Cosmo (it is older than her) in 1965 and turned it into a young, single woman's bible. Before Ms., there was Cosmo. Cosmo was more about purchasing and sex.
Don't take that to mean that it didn't matter. It was hugely important. It was part of the sexual revolution and part of consumerism. And there are those who will sneer at the magazine but it was needed and appreciated. It impacted more women than Betty Friedan's book. Cosmo sold and sold and sold.
While TV gave you nothing but nuns and single gals who lived at home or Marlo on her own but let's not talk about sex and while thick page turners gave you gals who suffered for having sex, Helen presented a world where women could have sex when they wanted and didn't have to answer to anyone else for it. They were in charge of their bodies. It was a very liberating message for its time. And that especially includes ending the lie that 'good girls' don't have sex before marriage.
Susan Berfield (Bloomberg News) has an interview with the current Cosmo editor but first notes:
Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, defied and then re-defined social conventions about women’s sexuality. She ate salad with her fingers because she thought it was sexy, was married for 51 years, and wrote 11 books starting with Sex and the Single Woman, which was published in 1962. She also created a brand that has lasted for decades in an industry where many don’t. The Cosmo cover, equally admired and parodied, boldly featured the word “SEX” packaged in the form of lists, tips, moves, wishes, surveys, and confessions. Brown, who died on August 13 at age 90, was still working, however intermittently, at Cosmopolitan as editor-in-chief of its 64 international editions.
So she has passed away and she will be missed. She leaves behind a real legacy.
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