The famous Cosmopolitan Magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown, has died at age 90.
Brown died Monday at a hospital in New York after a brief hospitalization. Her book, “Sex and the Single Girl,” made her a celebrity in 1962, and taking over Hearst’s Cosmopolitan gave her a pulpit for her ideas that lasted for dccades.
In 1997 she summed up her career:
“I would want my legacy to be, ‘She created something that helped people.’ My reader, I always felt, was someone who needed to come into her own.”
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- Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown dies (cbc.ca)
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- Ex-Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown dies (todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com)
“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.'”
Michigan House Representative Lisa Brown (D)
Brown’s comment got her banned from further recognition on the floor to voice her opinion on an unrelated school employee retirement bill by Republicans who said Brown was “offensive.”
As Brown responded:
- Michigan Dem banned by Republicans for using the word ‘vagina’ (rawstory.com)
- Michigan GOP Bans Lawmaker for Using the V-Word (nymag.com)
- Lawmaker Barred After Vagina Comment (politicalwire.com)
- Two Michigan legislators say ‘vagina,’ then silenced (seattlepi.com)
- Mich. rep’s vagina monologue (politico.com)
- As Punishment For Opposing Anti-Abortion Bill, Male Michigan House Leader Bans Two Female Reps From Speaking (thinkprogress.org)
Bob comments on the Massachusetts election (note… many years ago we both attended Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts):
Here are some perspectives from a Libertarian.
Round about 1974, a witty bumper sticker started appearing on Massachusetts cars:, “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts” (referring to Nixon’s reelection in ’72 and the subsequent Watergate follies)
It’ll be fun to see what Bumper Sticker Blogging makes of Brown/Coakley.
As a long time liberal, you perhaps bemoan the fact that liberals no longer support victims of police/prosecutorial abuse and misconduct. I date this shift to the perception that Dukakis lost to Bush 41 because he was soft on crime and disfavored capital punishment. Clinton nailed the coffin when in the midst of his ’92 campaign, he disgustingly flew back to Arkansas to personally preside over the execution of a man with the brain of a five year old. “Democrats No Longer Coddle Criminals Homey”, he seemed to be asserting and since then, the parties vie on who’s tougher. I once tried to ascertain the positions of Obama and Hillary on capital punishment on their websites. The issue, apparently, no longer exists.
I lived in the neighborhood of the McMartin preschool in the 80’s and watched the absorb Salem Witch Trial treatment of the family. They were manifestly innocent but the political gains were all on the side of condemning them. Ultimately justice was done but when a movie was made in the 90’s, sympathetic to the McMartins, the Director’s house, in the South Bay was burned down in an act of arson, such were the passions and self righteousness of the “we believe out kids” crowd.
The saga was nearly perfectly repeated in Massachusetts with the Amiraults. They’d all still be in jail but for the tireless efforts of one woman, Dorothy Rabinowitz. Her book, “No crueler tyrannies” ought to scare everyone who worries about the power of the State. As it became increasingly obvious to everyone that the Amiraults were innocent, the institution of cops/prosecutors in Massachusetts violently resisted any admission of the truth. I believe the twin goals were political advantage and the tendency of all powerful institutions to refuse to admit fault.
Because I followed the case, I knew Martha Coakley as conducting the last phase of desperately trying to keep Gerald Amirault in jail. Ultimately justice triumphed but it took a very long time and she stole roughly an extra two years from his life. It was an evil and cynical partnership with the accidental Republican Governor Swift, who makes Sarah Palin looks like a Yale Professor.
I was amazed when Coakley coasted into the Democratic nomination with barely a murmur about her sins in the national press. Locally there was some huffing and I’d like to think that many Bay State voters wanted a justice official to dispense justice and held their nose and voted for Brown.
If you are a Democrat ansd have decided to give up and not vote, don’t. Remember Truman Vs, Dewey and get out to the polls. They are open until 8:00 PM.
Brad Friedman over at The Brad Blog has been covering this and today he did an article on the Diebold Voting Machines which are famous for being “hackable”. He has included about ten minutes of the film Hacking Democracy which shows hom the voting machines can have the votes reversed.
Let’s keep an eye on this one.