Two New Pieces — About Sex!

Today, I review two new biographies, of sex researchers Masters and Johnson and of longtime Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown. What links them? Lessons on the complications of mixing sex and work:

"I've never worked anywhere without being sexually involved with somebody in the office."

So said Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for over 30 years, in a 1982 interview. When the reporter asked Gurley Brown if she had any ethical or feminist compunction about sleeping with a boss, she replied, "Why discriminate against him?"

And yesterday, I reported on porn industry lobbying efforts during the economic crisis:

In a time of economic crisis, lawmakers are more likely to give the porn industry grief than gratitude. Legislators in California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Washington state recently proposed stemming budget losses through various skin tariffs, ranging from a Magnum-sized 25 percent sales tax on X-rated movies to a $5 "pole tax" on visits to strip clubs.

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