Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alas for those who met her

Helen Gurley Brown is dead. I don't follow the pagan Greek custom of speaking only good of the deceased so this post may bother some people. Please skip it now if that is the case.

The woman was quite frankly, a procuress. She didn't stalk the school yard luring your girls into her brothel but she cleverly used her writing talent to seduce, to ensnare, to glamour in the orginal 18th century sense of the word.  Her claim to wealth and fame was that she convinced two or three generations of teenagers and young women that adultery was okay, that not only was fornication okay but that you were missing out and were a hopeless loser if you weren't doing it, and that sleeping with your boss was okay if it helped your career.

This foul creature is responsible through her books and magazine for the ruin of many a poor girl. Some of us who read her books in high school got off relatively unscathed. God only knows how many weren't.




10 comments:

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

HGB was Hefner's female counterpart. I'm willing to bet, now that she's dead, a lot of unpleasant facts about her life are going to come out of the woodworks. Facts that will make the stuff we know about her now look mild by comparison. BTW, did this procuress ever have any kids herself? If she did, I hope they didn't follow their wicked mothers path to hell.

Dymphna said...

No she didn't. Brown loathed children.

Gina said...

Yours is thus far the only entry I've seen to call her out on this.

Truth is not always a pretty thing to look at.

Lola said...

I remember seeing her interviewed during the 1980s on Donahue or some other such talk show. I thought she was horrible then. Working in the Library, I didn't actually have to purchase a Cosmo to find it wasn't for me.

I figured if she had been around during Oscar Wilde's day we might have a different kind of "Dorian Gray"...

Well, maybe a prayer or two and maybe a mass said for her soul for we just don't know.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

You are not alone, Dymphna. She actually did more to exploit women than did Hefner or Flynt, because while they sought to excite the libido of men, she sought to brainwash the intellect of women.

http://digihairshirt.blogspot.com/2012/08/exploiter-of-women-dead-at-90.html

Dymphna said...

You're absolutely right Digit. She poisoned female minds.

pocket debris said...

agree with everything you said,would like to more about the " pagan Greek custom of speaking only good of the deceased" where i could read about this?i do not doubt this is so,as soon as i read it i was sure of its veracity .

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

To pocket debris, in Latin the saying was "de mortuis nil nisi bene".

Chesterton did note it, but he considered it was a case for NOT observing it if lavish praise was being put on a bad dead man (his example was Vanderbilt).

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I am glad I have kept to writers like Tolkien, CSL, Belloc, Chesterton, Newman, most of my life, and that Karl May, Disney in stories for juveniles* (not sure about all films for teens or above even in his lifetime), Lloyd Alexander and Ursula K LeGuin at least in Earthsea have kept certain limits of decency.

* I am not a fan of Fantasia, but that is not for juveniles.