The trailblazing book that jump-started the sexual revolution
Helen Gurley Brown, the iconic editor in chief of Cosmopolitan for thirty-two years, is considered one of the most influential figures of Second Wave feminism. Her first book sold millions of copies, became a cultural phenomenon, and ushered in a whole new way of thinking about work, men, and life. Feisty, fun, and totally frank, Sex and the Single Girl offers advice to unmarried women that is as relevant today as it was when it burst onto the scene in the 1960s. This spirited manifesto puts women—and what they want—first. It captures the exuberance, optimism, and independence that have influenced the lives of so many contemporary American women.
“Before I knew anything about sex or New York City, I read Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl, a seminal book that will live on in the lives, minds, and libidos of women forever.” —Kim Cattrall
“The book that truly celebrates the single woman . . . torpedoes one of the most absurd (if universal) myths of our time: that every girl must be married.” —The New York Times
Helen Gurley Brown (b. 1922) is a bestselling writer and editor considered one of the most influential figures of Second Wave feminism. Editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan for thirty-two years, Brown transformed the magazine from a staid, behind-the-times women’s publication to one of most widely read magazines among young women in the United States. Brown’s trailblazing book Sex and the Single Girl jump-started the sexual revolution when it was published in 1962. Her fun, flirty, and unabashed advice helped a generation of women navigate the changing cultural norms both inside and outside the bedroom, and inspired the follow-up book Sex and the Office (1965). Brown lives in New York City.