News broke this morning that Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime Cosmopolitan editor and pioneer of sexual politics, died this morning at age 90. She retired in 1997 from four decades at Cosmo's hem, which is right around the time it plummeted to "very last choice" of supermarket magazine impulse buys for me, but women everywhere owe her a debt for pushing female sexual liberation into the realm of frank discussion. (Even if today's The Onion headline "Cosmopolitan Releases 5 Sexy Helen Gurley Brown Obituaries To Drive Your Man Wild" is kinda funny.)

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