Trailblazing Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away earlier today at the advanced age of 90, proving that a commitment to hard work, hard penises, and pretzel-like sex moves can help you live a long and happy life. You can say what you like about the more problematic aspects of her ideology (and I have), but the fact is that if it weren’t for Helen Gurley Brown, I might not be posting on this ladyblog right now, because “women’s media” as we know it would not be the same. As an instigator of the sexual revolution and a champion of certain aspects of feminism, this woman did much to propagate the then-radical ideas that women were just as competent as men and furthermore, could enjoy sex as much as men, without succumbing to any of those “ruined woman” tropes that had been oppressing us for so long. She was also eminently quotable! And so, without further ado, I give you some of Helen Gurley Brown’s best quotes on life, love, gender politics, and money.

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