I found a copy of Fascinating Womanhood written by Helen B. Andelin on my bookshelf yesterday. It was written in 1965 to help women become the ideal woman, know what men find fascinating in women, how to understand men, how to bring out the best in your husband, how to react when a man is thoughtless, unfair or negligent, how to arouse his deepest feelings of love and tenderness, how to gain true happiness in marriage and how to become the tender, loving, irresistably feminine woman you’ve always wanted to be.
As I looked through the book it became very clear that this was written in a time very different from today. In the sixties while the feminist movement was in its heights, there was another movement. An anti-feminist movement which told women how to please a man by putting him first before all other things in her life. This book is a guide to living in a secondary role, it is divided into two sections, The Angelic Qualities and The Human Qualities.
Throughout the book there are sixteen assignments for women to practice what they are learning about their feminine secrets to save their marriages and enrich their lives.
Without telling my boyfriend of two years, I am going to use this book as intended in the 1960’s-1970’s and complete each assignment. I will post each with a summary of the section of the book I am working on with his reactions to my newly found feminine ways.
Wish me luck.