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Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon
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Jul 15, 09

Read in July, 2009

Helen Gurley Brown is more interesting than the book itself. The book's thesis is encapsulated in this sentence: "Helen Gurley Brown...invited in to feminism another important but often invisible group, working-class women, largely but by no means exclusively white, whose goals included financial independence, the freedom to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage, and the enjoyment of, rather than a rejection of, the fruits of capitalism. Interesting thesis, and one which Scanlon proves repeatedly. But she seems so intent on fitting her subject into the confines of this thesis that she sacrifices the texture of any good written consideration of a literary "life": the texture of the times in which the subject lives. In addition, Scanlon doesn't ground events in actual dates much of the time, which seemed sloppy to me.

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07/14/2009 page 98
36.3% "Oxford University Press, people! It's got a thesis and everything."
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