The sneakily progressive feminism of Cosmopolitan

Where would we be without Helen Gurley Brown's sex-loving brand of feminism?

A long-time champion of women.
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You've probably got the wrong idea about Helen Gurley Brown.

The conventional wisdom around Brown, the author of Sex and the Single Girl, and the long-time editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, was neatly summed up recently by Rebecca Traister in her new book All the Single Ladies. Brown was in the business of talking to "unmarried, sexually adventurous women," Traister wrote, who Brown thought were "motivated largely by their hunt for husbands" but ought to "be having fun and feeling good about themselves along the way."

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