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Sex and the Single Girl

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“When I wrote Sex and the Single Girl… if you didn’t have a husband, you might as well go to the Grand Canyon and throw yourself in.” First published in 1962, Helen Gurley Brown’s book spawned a generation of real and fictional lipstick- and sex-loving women, from Sex and the City to Bridget Jones. Fifty years on, however, might it still be true that “the single woman’s biggest problem is coping with the people trying to marry her off”?


Karen Krizanovich researches the story behind Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl, 50 years after the book's publication. The presenter examines its impact on the attitudes of women, and meets writers, journalists, film and TV personalities who found inspiration in the work. First aired in 2011.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Karen Krizanovich
Producer Rose De Larrabeiti


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