Helen Gurley Brown – For 4th Wave Feminists
Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan, got pushed out of the top spot at the legendary magazine in ’96 because of a series of politically incorrect comments, according to a forthcoming tell-all bio. At 86, she remains international editor of Cosmo. Last year, Slate named her the 13th most powerful American over 80 (above Hugh Hefner and Jimmy Carter).
Jezebel considers her legacy. Was it “an open attitude towards sexuality or a bunch of college girls putting rouge on their nipples — or are they the same thing?”
UPDATE: Screw the octogenarian list, in this month’s Playboy, the 55th anniversary issue, Brown comes in at number 11 in a list of the 55 most important people in sex in the last 55 years (right behind Madonna). Kinsey’s number one. Hef, magnanimously, puts himself at three. The most glaring problem with the list, as Daniel Radosh points out on The Daily Beast, is that no African Americans figure in. Um, Josephine Baker? Chuck Berry? LL Cool J? Magic Johnson? Dolemite?