Topic: Sex and the Single Girl

Sex and the Sixties Girl: Sex, the Single Girl and Me

Sex and the Sixties Girl: Sex, the Single Girl and Me

Now that the eve of my book release is upon me (T minus five days), I can’t help but think about it in terms of Helen’s experience with Sex and the Single Girl in 1962. Sex and the Single Girl, when it came out, shocked the nation. It was filled with sex and tips that defied the conventional thinking at the time. The New Yorker summarized it as promoting “self-sufficiency and ambition, emphasizing careers that lend women a patina of glamour…above all, it is a how-to manual for constructing a life that would look enviable.” More »

Sex and the Sixties Girl: Learning—And Looking Stupid in the Process

Sex and the Sixties Girl: Learning—And Looking Stupid in the Process

Helen Gurley Brown perhaps embraces nothing as much as she does self improvement; throughout Sex and the Single Girl, she regales us with examples of those activities we could and should be doing, reminding us that a woman who doesn’t have a family to tend to and care for “has all day Saturday to whip up a silly, wonderful cotton brocade tea coat” and pointing out that we can “read Proust, learn Spanish” and “study Time, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. “ She mentions her friend Laura, who “tackled Clifton Fadiman’s recommended list of books” and another pal, Betty, who took up oil painting, which “transformed her previously dull weekends into a Gauguin-like fiesta.” 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 »