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Sep 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 01 • By JAY WEISER
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Down to about 30 papers by the end, Brenda’s satire was too unconventional for the editorial pages and too complex for the gag-a-day comics pages. Occasional movie and TV incarnations over the last few decades ignored the character’s steel and wit in favor of the glamorous ditz. Although Brenda, burned by Basil, became the ultimate anti-cougar—in a recurring joke, each storyline ended with the handsome male lead throwing himself at her, only to be rejected—maybe television’s Age of the Cougar will find a place for this postfeminist icon.

Jay Weiser is associate professor of law at Baruch College.

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