Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”


The woman who made that line famous, Helen Gurley Brown, died yesterday at 90. It’s hard to imagine a more iconic and influential publisher of woman’s sexuality than her.

Her breakthrough came in 1962 when she was 40 and wrote her bestseller, “Sex and the Single Girl”, a book that was her husband’s idea.

For the first time a woman used her voice to encourage an entire generation of younger women to find their satisfaction, whereever it happened to be.

That included a lot of places to look in 1962 and just this idea was scandalous. It also made her paperback a must-read for boys in high school. I remember well thumbed copies making the rounds.

She edited Cosmo with certainty for more than 30 years.


So a moment for the woman who encouraged one hundred million American women to go out and have it all.

Interestingly enough, she never appeared to follow her own advice about making the sexual rounds.


Instead, she lived quietly and elegantly married for more than 50 years to the same man, her husband David Brown.


I really respect her. RIP

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