Story posted August 18, 2009
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, March 2009), the critically acclaimed biography of the longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor by Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Jennifer Scanlon, is reviewed in the September 2009 issue of The Atlantic.
Author Caitlin Flanagan's review, "Sex and the Married Man," which asserts that Brown's life has never been dedicated to any cause other than landing a husband, takes issue with Scanlon's premise that Brown belongs in the pantheon of 20th century women who ushered in so-called second-wave feminism.
The online magazine Salon, which reviewed Scanlon's book in April, was quick to come to Helen Gurley Brown's defense, posting a response on its Web site.
Released overseas this summer, Bad Girls Go Everywhere continues to make headlines from the U.K. to Turkey.