Sex and the Single Girl, her grab-bag book of advice, opinion, and anecdote on why being single shouldn’t mean being sexless, made a celebrity of the 40-year-old advertising copywriter in 1962. Cosmo sales grew every year until peaking at just over 3 million in 1983, then slowly leveled off to 2.5 million when Brown left in 1997.
Some of Brown’s more questionable quotes include:
- “You can’t be sexual at 60 if you’re fat,” she observed on her 60th birthday.
- “I’ve never worked anywhere without being sexually involved with somebody in the office.” Asked whether that included the boss, Brown said, “Why discriminate against him?”
- “My own philosophy is if you’re not having sex, you’re finished. It separates the girls from the old people.”
The Browns were childless by choice.
Ladies: Did Cosmo influence your young adult upbringing and, if so, for the better or for the worse?
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