Cover charges

Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl caused something of a scandal upon its publication in 1962, mostly because it was understood that single girls didn’t have sex, or at least weren’t supposed to. As it happens, dating stuff was only a small portion of the book: a lot of the pages were devoted to career enhancement and financial advice. An example of the latter:

Wear old clothes or no clothes at home alone.

Garblessness has never struck me as that much of a money-saver, personally, but others extol its pecuniary virtues, though apparently there’s room for doubt.

(Seen here.)


  1. Andrea Harris »

    7 September 2007 · 8:20 pm

    Well, for us pre-menopausal ladies there are certain times of the month when it would definitely be a financial liability to dispense with certain articles of clothing. Landlords charge up the yin-yang to replace carpets.

  2. writer chick »

    7 September 2007 · 8:25 pm

    I have to say that that sounds like hooey to me. Being naked at home will not prevent you from buying or wearing clothes out in public. In fact, it might inspire you to buy more fancy duds since you are buying jammie clothes for lounging in. ;)

  3. Kay Dennison »

    8 September 2007 · 9:03 am

    hmmmmmmmmmm Interesting, but this old gal thinks that at age 60, some things should be left to the imagination.

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