[A] cracking new biography . . . of an icon whose optimistic, go-getter vision of female emancipation helped bring on [feminism's] third wave.'
- Naomi Wolf, The Washington Post
Helen Gurley Brown called herself a 'mouseburger: a young woman of average looks, with some intelligence, more likely working in a job then pursing a career.' But as the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Brown changed the way women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. Jennifer Scanlon offers a mesmerizing picture of an often overlooked figure, relating Brown's escape from her humble beginnings in the Ozarks to her eyebrow-raising exploits as a young woman in New York, and her late-blooming career as the world's first 'lipstick feminist.'
'In her entertaining new biography . . . [Scanlon] argues, convincingly, for Ms. Brown as a feisty, pivotal and too easily dismissed pioneer of the American women's movement.'
- The New York Times
'Scanlon's shrewed biography reveals a woman of contraditions . . . a strategically racy cultural pioneer.'
-O, The Oprah Magazine
|Growing Up Gurley, and a Girl||p. 1|
|Work Life, Romantic Entanglements||p. 24|
|David Brown||p. 42|
|Sex and the Single Girl||p. 60|
|Sensationalist Literature and Expert Advice: Selling Sex and the Single Girl||p. 83|
|Sexy From the Start: The Early Years of Second-Wave Feminism||p. 98|
|Packaging a Message-and a Messenger||p. 117|
|Normal Like Me: The Single Girl on Television||p. 138|
|Good Girls go to Heaven-Bad Girls go Everywhere: Helen Gurley Brown's Cosmopolitan||p. 149|
|Sexual Liberation on Whose Terms?: Defining the Second Wave||p. 175|
|Aging, Resisting, Redefining||p. 201|
|An Editor Steps Down, Reluctantly||p. 222|
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For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 25th October 2010
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.268