Scanlon's Bad Girls Go Everywhere in The New Yorker

Story posted May 06, 2009

Jennifer Scanlon's critically acclaimed Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009), a biography of the longtime Cosmopolitan editor, has earned rave reviews from the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Week and most recently, The New Yorker.

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The review, "Helenism: The Birth of the Cosmo Girl," appears in the magazine's May 11, 2009, issue.

Reviewer Judith Thurman calls the book "a serious academic reconsideration of a figure, who Scanlon argues, has been slighted by feminist history, and deserves a place in its pantheon, particularly because she was speaking to and for the typists, the flight attendants, and the sales clerks who couldn't afford to burn a good bra, rather than the college-educated sisterhood that was 'womanning' the barricades of the 1970s.

"I'm happy to see Brown getting her due as a pioneer of libidinal equality," adds Thurman.

"Scanlon's portrait reminds one it has never been easy to be both a woman and a person — that femininity (like masculinity) is, to some extent, a performance."

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Read the review.

See a compilation of reviews for Bad Girls Go Everywhere and learn more about the book here.

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