Cosmo Knot

El Trumpo has to go beyond Putin as his role model. Popular macho nationalist. It will be tough to topple the old Republican guard with a new American oligarchy. Plus, there’s that pesky Congress to contend with. Suppose he could buy most of them off, as is done in Moscow, but it’d cost a lot of dough.

Helen Gurley Brown created the Cosmo Girl. She was the antithesis of contemporaries Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, alums of Smith College. Helen cheekily plunked her papers there as a screw you to feminists everywhere. According to this fascinating NYTimes piece, today HGB’s Smith archive collection and her legacy may be tied in an ironical knot of feminine egos.

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