Story posted May 14, 2009
Helen Gurley Brown's all-time favorite Cosmopolitan piece, writes Jennifer Scanlon in her critically acclaimed biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009), was "The Contraception Capers."
It offered a humorous 1970s look back on sexual practices during the 1950s before the Pill.
The article was written by Florence King, who now, some 30 years later, offers a glowing review of Bad Girls Go Everywhere in the May 4, 2009, issue of National Review.
It's the latest in a string of high-profile publications to review Professor Scanlon's book.
"Jennifer Scanlon delivers Helen Gurley Brown's 'delightfully knotty life story' in a neat and satisfying package," writes King.
She also offers praise for the author's "witty and consistently readable literary style."
"This is not chick lit but cultural history, the first serious biography of the woman who, in Scanlon's view, 'ushered in and has long continued to define the feminist mainstream.'"