|Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown||| Print ||
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown celebrates the original superstar sex-columnist through all of her exuberant conquests and tumultuous shortcomings.
Long before Carrie and company sucked down cosmos (and more) in the city, a plucky wordsmith rocked the culture with her racy take on the role of single women. A lightning rod both figuratively and in figure (she’s famously thin), Helen Gurley Brown was toiling as an ad copywriter when she penned Sex and the Single Girl, the brazen 1962 bestseller that advised unattached gals on how to handle their affairs, financial and otherwise. Its success helped her nab the top spot at Cosmopolitan and turn it into the vampy mag we know today. Scanlon details these and ancillary achievements to explain why the notorious HGB deserves a place among the ranks of our most notable feminists.