Vixen Author Embraces Her Inner Betty Crocker

And, surprisingly, some would benefit from listening to her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2009 2:26 PM CDT
Karrine Steffans arrives at a book party for '21 Nights' by Prince and Randee St. Nicholas held at a private residence on May 30, 2008, in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Karrine Steffans has had drama-riddled relationships with famous rappers and celebs such as Mike Tyson and Bill Maher. Her “relationships have been major public train wrecks,” writes Jo Piazza for DoubleX, from allegations of abuse at the hands of Tyson to her suicide attempt following her breakup with Maher. And yet she's now a best-selling author on relationship advice. "Why are scads of readers paying to get advice on romance from this woman?” Her shift toward Betty Crocker-land is part of the explanation.

Steffans "seems to be laying out a romantic path that moves from strumpet to baby mama to wife," writes Piazza. She “promotes a kind of 1950s traditionalism as part of her recipe for nurturing successful relationships"—surprising considering her background. But when you think about it, “both the whore and the homemaker spend their lives in the service of men. They can both teach each other a thing or two. Steffans is the same person she always was, only now she is diversifying her brand."