What I Learned from Helen Gurley Brown
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I have never purchased a copy of Cosmopolitan in my life. In fact, it has rarely done anything other than annoy me with its covers featuring too-perfect women, too good to be true “lifestyle tips”, too far beyond the average budget “must haves”, its constant subtle implications that, happy though I may think myself, I could be doing better. Nay, I should be doing better.
However, it must be said that the work of Helen Gurley Brown has had a profound impact on me and the way I live my life, an impact that has so far spanned 25+ years and will no doubt continue as long as I do. I first read Sex and the Single Girl as a teenager, back in the 80’s. I have reread it several times since then. And not a day goes by that I don’t apply something I learned from that book to something I am doing that day. I’m not single, and I’m no longer really a “girl” in the youthful sense of the word, but the lessons still apply, some even more so now than they did when I was younger and on my own.