In the late 1960s, Sue Ellen Browder lost her reporting job at a small daily in Los Angeles because of her pregnancy. Stung by the unfairness, she decided to put her journalistic skills to work in advocating for equal rights. But her journalism quietly morphed into propaganda.
Writing for legendary magazine publisher Helen Gurley Brown and Cosmopolitan, Browder soon discovered another, far deeper, revolution on the agenda—the sexual revolution. And that revolution often undermined the very women it claimed to help.
“The feminist movement,” Browder said in an interview in The Daily Signal, “was fighting for equal opportunity for women in education and the workforce.” The sexual revolution, meanwhile, “was fighting for all sorts of sexual freedoms.”
Browder, who wrote the 2015 book, Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement, said Brown didn’t worry about such niceties as “the truth” when selling the sexual revolution to her readers. She gave Cosmo writers a list of instructions on how to fabricate fictitious authorities, cities, and even people to drive home the message of the sexual revolution—touting the desirability of sex without marriage and access to abortion.
The rules read in part:
Unless you are a recognized authority on the subject, profound statements must be attributed to somebody appropriate, even if the writer has to invent the authority …
Try to locate some of the buildings, restaurants, nightclubs, parks, streets, as well as entire case histories … in cities other than New York, even if you deliberately have to plant them elsewhere. Most writers live in New York, 92% of our readers do not.
As Browder went along, “the magazine spread its mores throughout the country and throughout the culture by pretending that they were much more widespread than they actually were.” Eventually Browder did more than write the propaganda. She started to believe it.
In 1974, the year after Roe, married and already with two children, Browder became pregnant. She and her husband decided that she would get an abortion. It was at the same hospital where she had given birth to her children.
Later the trauma of that decision would haunt her.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stan Guthrie