‘Fiction Has Become Reality’: Ex-Cosmo Writer Reveals How She Helped ‘Wreck the Culture’ — and What She’s Doing to Fix It Now

Sue Ellen Browder was a writer for Cosmopolitan magazine for more than two decades, penning a wide array of articles for the women’s outlet before later converting to Catholicism and regretting her role in helping “wreck the culture,” as she recently told The Church Boys podcast.

In her new book titled, “Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement,” Browder argues that the sexual revolution essentially merged with the women’s movement, sullying the goals of the latter and negatively impacting the culture at large.

“In the beginning, the sexual revolution and the women’s movement were two radically different movements,” she said, explaining that Betty Friedan, the late leader of the women’s movement, once called Cosmo “quite obscene and quite horrible.”

The focus of these comments, which were uttered decades ago, was on the magazine’s purported obsession with encouraging women to find a man rather than focus on helping them fulfill other facets of their person destinies.

At the time, Browder said that the magazine’s content was “racy,” but that the level of debauchery was nowhere near where it is today.

The author also dropped a bombshell claim about her Cosmo freelance writing career: that she would often tell blatant lies in her articles.

“I told a lot of lies in that magazine,” she said of her time at the magazine in the 1970s through the 1990s. “We were making up fantasies of women that were jumping into bed, but they weren’t doing it as much as they are today. Fiction has become reality.”

Listen to Browder discuss these issues at the 25:30 mark below:

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It wasn’t until later that Browder began to change her perspective on the writings that she had published for 24 years with Cosmo — a freelance arrangement that she maintained in an effort to help support her family.

“After I became a Catholic I began to look at all the things I had done and I thought, ‘This has wrecked the culture. You were participating in this horrible culture of death,'” she recalled.

Now, she’s sharing all of her thoughts and beliefs about both the sexual revolution and the women’s rights movement, revealing that she was simply helping sell propaganda — the image of a lifestyle that she was never truly living herself.

“I sold the Cosmo lifestyle even though I was not living it,” she said. “I had a beautiful marriage. I was home baking chocolate chip cookies … and raising children and selling this abhorrent lifestyle to young women.”

Find out more about “Subverted” here.

As TheBlaze previously reported, Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of famed newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, also believes that Cosmopolitan magazine is “obsessed with sex,” and that its “pornographic” contents encourage a potentially dangerous “sex anywhere, anytime” mentality. She, too, has been speaking out against the outlet.

Listen to her remarks below:

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