Jennifer Scanlon


On her book Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Cover Interview of May 29, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Appreciating what we might call the feminist mainstream.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Helen Gurley Brown sought to liberate young, working-class, urban, sexy, single women from the postwar dictates of early marriage, sexual repression, and life devoted to home and family.”

On the second:

“Brown learned that equating sex with heterosexuality sold magazines and paid her salary, but her own inclination around treating sexual issues was far more progressive.”