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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And not only must they feel powerful, they must be powerful, except that is only possible when a woman is incompetent.

Helen Andelin

The problem comes from the basic assumption of the chapter, which she explicitly states at the end: Fascinating Womanhood classes are still available online. And, in one way, that is absolutely correct. In addition, the woman who will not care for her family because she is lazy demonstrates a lack of love for them, a lack of concern for them, a lack of character.

But really, this book is a manual to make women desperate to improve their marriage become complicit in their own subjugation. January 27, by SamanthaField. She encourages women to hide their opinions, hide their true emotions and hide any skill that could threaten the supremacy of their husband.

Women are infantalized in a million ways every day, and we idolize youthful women. Andelin outlines all her main arguments and the traits a fascinating woman should acquire alongside the retro outline of a woman. Granted, this was hysterical the first time I read it. There are also some things that if a person said this to me they would have unleashed some wicked fury. Honor, fidelity, integrity and genuine love can never, ever be built upon a foundation of dishonesty. They are the ones who are really sexist against men.


Having andeiln all of that, I still think that it was worth the read.

Helen Andelin – Samantha Field

She gets adorably angry at herself because her efforts to respond are impotent. A man whose genitals don’t wilt in the presence of a capable woman. But that is buried in the middle of this: It would certainly not help.

But then this appears: Open Preview See a Problem? There are so many things that make me angry about this book, but I can condense them into three main points. I first heard of this on an episode of Wife Swap and thought the woman anelin it seemed a bit off. May 25, Kate Turner rated it did not like it Shelves: Jan 21, Arwa Basha rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Stomp your foot, lift your chin high, square your shoulders, pout, put both hands on your hips, open you eyes wide, mumble under your breath, or turn and walk briskly away, then pause and look back over your shoulder.

According to Helen, however, men — all men, not just abusers— do this. The one thing I do agree with Helen on: This I do know is true. You may have to be an actress to succeed, if only a ham actress.

It is a proactive book and is not about changing anyone, but yourself As with any book of this type you take what you need at the time and ignore the rest. Now for the things I didn’t like about this book. This book had me excited and angry the whole time. People looking for a laugh. And, they even say this: I do not want to fool my husband into loving and adoring me by holding back my feelings and opinion, by pretending incompetence and ignorance, and by letting him have the only say in our marriage and family.


There are some parts in this section that I agree with: I should never have allowed myself to be upset over ripping a filling out and then having to go to the dentist on Monday to get it filled again.

Feb 06, Danielle T rated it did not like it Shelves: However, some of the advice must be taken with a grain of salt. She repeatedly insinuates that women are not and cannot be intellectual equals with men.

Return to Book Page. In addition, she has updated her mother’s original books, as per her request before her death, with Vintage editions of each. Partly because some of the ideas are a little on the ridiculous side like taking cues from how small children behave anselin a way to act angry or get what you wantand partly to demonstrate why we and I say this in a general anedlin human sense need feminism.

Parents, in an effort to withstand rampant immorality, teach their children to keep themselves clean.

I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the stuffand I have literally spent days watching makeup tutorial videos on YouTube, just so I could learn to do this: We divorced in and I feel sooo much better.

He should either be content with his efforts or try to improve. Feb 16, Loni rated it it was ok Recommends it for: