Topic: Helen-Gurley-Brown

R.I.P. Helen Gurley Brown: A Compendium Of The Original Cosmo Girl’s Best Quotes

R.I.P. Helen Gurley Brown: A Compendium Of The Original Cosmo Girl's Best Quotes

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. More »

Sex And The Sixties Girl: Between a Rick and a Hard Place

Sex And The Sixties Girl: Between a Rick and a Hard Place

Many women have some version of a Rick in their lives.

Rick isn’t always named Rick, though mine happened to be. Rick is the guy who didn’t quite screw you over enough when he initially screwed you over so he circles back to do it again. You tell yourself, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,” but then you wonder if you have the expression wrong.

Especially when he fools you again. More »

Sex And The Sixties Girl: The Beginning

Sex And The Sixties Girl: The Beginning

I had just screwed my life up in a major way.

Not in the I-chose-the-wrong-career-path or moved-to-the-wrong-city sort of way. Those were, arguably, screw-ups I’d also made, but they weren’t the new mistake. No, the new one was the kind that transformed respected astronauts into diaper-wearing stalkers.

I’d fallen for a married man. More »