August 14, 2012, - 1:47 pm
Helen Gurley Brown’s Legacy of Baby Mamas, Broken Families, STDs & Haggard Women Failing To Do It All
I’m not sure why everyone is hailing Helen Gurley Brown, who died yesterday at 90, as someone to remember. She’s actually someone to forget. Sadly, the havoc she wrought on American society–and the breakdown of it that she caused–is everlasting and beyond repair. As author of “Sex and the Single Girl” and editor of “Cosmopolitan,” she did more to take down America and ruin American lives than Osama Bin Laden and any other Islamic terrorist could ever do. Her everlasting contribution to fashion is that she made it eternally fashionable and “glamorous” to be a skank. Yes, thanks to her, skankiness is now a timeless classic in America. Congrats, Helen.
Helen Gurley Brown: Her Damage To America is Far Worse, Longer Lasting Than Bin Laden Could Ever Dream Of
Before she took the reins at Cosmopolitan, it had been a respected general interest magazine, around since the 1800s and the place for great writers to be seen. Under her tenure, it became a women’s magazine instructing women on how to give oral sex to the boss in 30 ways before 10:00 a.m. while answering his phone. Helen Gurley Brown’s legacy is sexually transmitted diseases, broken marriages, generations of children born to single mothers who will never have a father and will become sores on America. She told women they could do it all, have a career, sleep around, and, ultimately, like her have a career and be married. But she never had children. And for married women who do have children (let alone single mothers), you cannot do it all. Instead, they are tired, haggard, and constantly whining about having to do it all. But, because of the revolution she led with others, the economy adjusted and it’s now not a question of whether women “can” have a career. Now, they simply cannot afford not to. And someone is shortchanged, usually the kids, the husband (if there even is one in the Helen Gurley Brown-created world), the family, and/or American society.
Gurley Brown famously said, “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.” Actually, they go to the abortion clinic. Or, today, they have a reality TV show on MTV with their future loser kid or go on public assistance while they watch daytime talk shows and start an endless cycle of sad burdens on society. Today, because of influences like Helen Gurley Brown, over 42% of kids are born out of wedlock, and researchers say that in America, as nowhere else with this problem, there is rarely a father figure in those kids’ lives. That is Brown’s contribution to America: women sleeping around serially, forced to work to make ends meet, kids born who never had a father–and so they never knew how to act like a man or (if they are women) how to be treated like one. The slacker kids who live with their parents at age 35 are the natural progression of the sexual revolution and breakdown of marriage and family she led. AIDS, Chlamydia, Herpes . . . American didn’t have those in spades before Helen Gurley Brown told women to pretend they were rabbits. Girls aspiring to Playboy and other porn stardom–none of that would be possible without Helen Gurley Brown making it acceptable. Hey, they are career girls, too. Right? So is Monica Lewinsky under Bill Clinton’s Oval Office desk–a classic example of “Sex and the Single Girl.” Boys will be boys, but Helen Gurley Brown told American women to act like the boys, and not in a good way. And, in part because of her, now the boys are the women.
But, in addition to her legacy of tearing American down in a culture war she lost for us, Helen Gurley Brown was, above all, a fraud. She did not remain true to the “Sex and the Single Girl” ethos she pimped. Instead, she married. And she wasn’t the feminist she urged American women to be. She was fabulously wealthy, not because of her time at Cosmo, but because she married very wealthy, successful movie producer David Brown. And, contrary to the advice she gave other women, Brown told the San Francisco Chronicle that she made a deal with her husband: she would work from home. And “The tradeoff is that he is taken care of . . . . He is the king.”
But because of the sexual revolution she helped champion, few husbands are king anymore and few wives have the luxury of working from home. Instead, they have to work at work and then at home and perhaps deal with a neglected kid who’s contemplating early sex and drugs or worse, or is just being babysat by sexting and Facebook and re-runs of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Teen Mom.” That’s the America Helen Gurley Brown left us. This feminist career stuff and wanton sex she championed–well, how’s that workin’ for ya?
We have a nation of oversexed dummies, underachievers, slackers, and criminals born to unwed mothers to answer that question.
Helen Gurley Brown’s cover articles about novel sexual positions didn’t exactly make America better. Just a whole lot sleazier and broken.
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