How to Make Your Marriage a Lifelong Love Affair What makes a woman fascinating to her husband? What is happiness in marriage for a woman? These are. The same year Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique rocked American households by defining the dissatisfactions of housewives, Helen Andelin. These are just two of the questions Helen B. Andelin answers in the bestselling classic that has already brought new happiness and life to millions of marriages.

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A few years earlier, Andelin, a Central California housewife, had been experiencing a malaise common to year marriages.

A devout Mormon and mother of eight, she turned to prayer. God offered no reply, so she turned to history.

Helen Andelin

As historian Julie Debra Neuffer explains in her book, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement, Andelin sought to teach women how to become good wives by reverting to traditional gender roles. Without his love, heleh life is an empty shell. In her book, Andelin advocated for strict andlein to conservative gender roles: Stand up to him and he will love you more because of it. But do it in the right way.


Take measures to correct them as a means of winning him back. While Friedan alienated some women by seeming to belittle their domestic work, Andelin argues that domesticity is the road to bliss.

Fascinating Womanhood

T hough andeiln is tempting to see Fascinating Womanhood as the conservative response to Friedan, in reality, when Andelin was writing her book, she had never heard of Friedan. Instead, Fascinating Womanhood is a response to a turbulent historical moment. In the summer ofmore thancivil rights activists marched on Washington. Freedom Riders had begun traveling through the Deep South to support racial equality.

In November, John F.

Fascinating Womanhood by Helen B. Andelin

Divorce rates had reached new highs. To a white housewife, it looked like everything that made her comfortable in the world was coming undone. The world was frightening, let men take care of you.

As her book gained prominence, she began teaching Fascinating Womanhood classes to sold-out audiences at YMCAs and universities across the country. But thousands of women nationwide ate it up. After her proven success, Random House agreed to publish the ehlen, and it remains in print today.


InAndelin left public life to focus on her family.

Helen Andelin – Samantha Field

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