Thursday, 16 August 2012

Helen Gurley Brown

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Today I decided to do a little reading up on Helen Gurley Brown. Sadly her death is the first I’d heard of her. I’ve read a couple of the obituaries, and now wish I had discovered her earlier. She worked exceptionally hard during her career, she believed in the power of great sex and held off before getting married. Her book ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ caused a stir in the early sixties, and has been hailed by many as liberating the young, unmarried woman. After the success of the book she was appointed editor of Cosmopolitan and turned it into the magazine we all know and love, unafraid to talk about sex, career success, fashion and health problems. She is the original Carrie Bradshaw.

Sex and the Single Girl is now on my must read list, as is all the knowledge I can soak up about her. I'm a bit of an autobiography/biography geek and breeze through books like How to Be a Woman and Bossypants. I found some great quotes on the Stylist website 

"Feeling insecure is good for you. It forces you to do something better, use all your talents."

"Even if sex isn’t great every time, it's a unique form of communication and togetherness that can help you stay together with a good degree of contentment."

"Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere."

"I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don't need a husband."

A couple of interesting obituaries can be found on The Guardian and The Telegraph

Becca x

11 comments:

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    1. Oh thank you very much! I will check it out Greta :) xx

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  2. This is amazing: "I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don't need a husband."

    Please tweet me if this book is any good, I've bought far too many 'good reads' that have been awful lately x

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    1. I will do indeedy! If the quotes are anything to go by it should be great xx

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  3. Wow I had never heard of her before this post but she does sound like an incredible interesting, forward-thinking and strong woman. Great quotes, I am definitely look her up some more now!
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    xoxo Bree
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    1. She seems so interesting, it made good reading for my lunch break xxx

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  4. chanced upon your blog and totally enjoyed reading it. following you now!


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  5. I'm glad someone's done a blog about her, she was an amazing woman! Love her style too, thanks for the great post! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you've heard of her, maybe you could do an even better post on her xxx

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  6. I feel bad because I never heard of her.. What a lady!

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