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This blog page has been launched to promote femininity and female empowerment, and to raise visibility of Fascinating Womanhood: an international femininity movement and guide to help women make their marriage into a lifelong love affair in the bestselling book written by Helen B. Andelin.  

Fascinating Womanhood is Much More than Friendship

Richard Forsyth

~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth

   I recently read an article called “The 1 Thing Lasting Relationships Have Most in Common” (by Nicole Yi, Popsugar US, Wednesday, June 21)

   The bottom line to this well-written article says that the secret to making and keeping our relationships going strong for as long as possible is “Couples who are friends, who have a lasting friendship, who deeply care about each other as people, not just sexual partners to be married to...everybody benefits.”

   In Fascinating Womanhood, we are aiming for much more than just a stable relationship. We are working towards something much more than friendship. We want an extraordinary bond--a lifelong love affair with our husbands. Some people think this isn’t possible. It is. I have it and I know others who do too. You can too. Study and apply the timeless principles of Fascinating Womanhood and look for amazing, tender and wonderful things to happen.

A Large Miracle by Simple Means

Richard Forsyth

~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   My husband and I were seriously thinking of separation when I started to read Fascinating Womanhood. We could not even be in the house together without a fight. We were both miserable. There were children to consider, both our folks, his business, and our years of building a home together, but we were both to the point of not being able to endure life together anymore.

   Then I began practicing what I read in F.W. When a battle would begin I would run to our bedroom where I kept the book hidden, and read some advice on that particular situation. Then I would come out and be calm and reasonable. Within a few days, a noticeable change had taken place in our household. My husband began to look at me in astonishment, then curiosity, then with awe, the with affection.  When he saw my changed attitude, he began to change too.

   It is one of those times when a large miracle was brought about in simple ways, and in a short time. We were both so grateful for peace and harmony at last.  We are still at peace around here and it’s been about fourteen months since I first read the book. There are still some things we don’t approve of in each other, but we have learned tolerance and patience.

   This has been the greatest year of growth for the entire family that we have known in eleven years of marriage. My husband has not only become a better husband, but an incredibly better father. Our home at last has a strong foundation on which to build the kind of life we always dreamed of. This is why I continue to tell everyone about Fascinating Womanhood and give the book as gifts to my loves ones and friends hoping they will find the kind of treasure in this book I did. 

What is Radiant Happiness?

Richard Forsyth

~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth

   When some women read the chapter in Fascinating Womanhood on radiant happiness, they may mistakenly think that a feminine woman needs to appear happy all the time—even when she’s not. This is a misunderstanding and could lead to unintended side effects. Those around you may perceive you as unreal.

   Even generally happy women have a full range of emotions. It’s actually one of the things that makes us fascinating—we are not always the same. We experience grief, joy, anger, disappointment, hurt, fear, hope and a whole spectrum of feelings. So, what is meant by radiant happiness? It’s a combination of courage, humility and optimism.

   Radiant happiness is the foundation of a fascinating woman. It means that, no matter what happens in our lives, we maintain a core belief that things will get better, there is light at the end of dark tunnels and that most people are basically good and that by our choices we can make a difference in our lives. This brings a feeling of inner peace that allows us to not stay down or miserable for long periods of time.   We bounce back and are not left endlessly depressed, angry or distrustful. To try to pretend that we are happy no matter what will come off to others as being phony or insincere, even if our motives are good.

   If a burglar breaks into your home in the middle of the night, you don’t lose radiant happiness if you are scared and then angry. If your husband comes home and says something cruel that hurts you or is jarring, you not only aren’t obligated to act happy, but it’s not even appropriate. It might call for either childlikeness, or, if you are too hurt, an honest communication of your feelings and how wounded you are. You might even cry. But as you go back to your core of courage, kindness and optimism, your radiant happiness will shine through. You will realize you have overcome yourself—which is often the greatest battle to be won.

   Don’t be afraid to identify and experience all your emotions. If you can identify a feeling, it makes you feel better and more authentic. It will help you daily to become more and more a feminine, fascinating woman who is radiantly happy!

A Stagnant Marriage Blossoms

Richard Forsyth

~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   We looked like the model couple on the outside, but there was so much emptiness it hurt. We were not really unhappy, but neither were we truly happy. I had come to abandon my original idea of romantic love in marriage. However, I still prayed occasionally for ways to improve our stagnant marriage.

   Shortly thereafter, a friend introduced me to Fascinating Womanhood and loaned me her book. I bought and read the book and since have spread my enthusiasm to others. My marriage is now so perfect that it’s hard to find a chance to practice childlikeness, there are so few moments of friction! I now enjoy a tender love from my husband which he had never shown before.

   A friend, who was on the verge of divorce, borrowed my book. Her husband had given her thirty days grace before he would leave. He told her to sell their house and said he did not love her anymore after thirteen years of marriage. She was guilty of many serious mistakes. But she recognized them and was willing to work hard to save her marriage. Several months have passed now and, although their problems are not over, they have come a long way from their bed of troubles. I know of many other instances here in town where the advice in Fascinating Womanhood has been put to good use. How thankful we all are!

I Decided Never to Marry

Richard Forsyth

~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   I grew up in an unhappy family. Mom and Dad were always fighting. Many nights I cried myself to sleep, hoping and praying they would stop fighting and love each other. As a result of my parents’ unhappy marriage, I decided that I would never marry. I knew I didn’t have the knowledge necessary for a successful, happy marriage, and I didn’t want another child to live in the battlegrounds as I had.

   One day about two years ago, I changed my mind about marriage and about men’s and women’s roles in life. After years of doing everything I could to discourage boyfriends, I began encouraging them. I stopped competing with men and became more feminine. I even changed my college major to one more suitable for my new feminine self. I was happier than I had ever been. I was in love with life.

   What brought about this change? A wonderfully perceptive roommate saw what was wrong with my attitude about life and gave her copy of Fascinating Womanhood to read. I still have to work hard and there are things I forget, but the last year has been the happiest of my life. I have been married about a year to the world’s most perfect husband. I wonder how I get thought I couldn’t make a marriage work. Thank you with all my heart. Fascinating Womanhood has given me my most prized possession—a happy, contented husband.

   As for Mom and Dad, your book is helping them have a happier marriage too. Mom has read Fascinating Womanhood and is working hard to get her marriage working right. Last night Daddy bought her a new stove that she had mentioned she’d like to have. The change in this marriage makes me thrill. May God bless you and may Fascinating Womanhood come into the hands of every woman in the world.I Decided Never to Marry

   I grew up in an unhappy family. Mom and Dad were always fighting. Many nights I cried myself to sleep, hoping and praying they would stop fighting and love each other. As a result of my parents’ unhappy marriage, I decided that I would never marry. I knew I didn’t have the knowledge necessary for a successful, happy marriage, and I didn’t want another child to live in the battlegrounds as I had.

   One day about two years ago, I changed my mind about marriage and about men’s and women’s roles in life. After years of doing everything I could to discourage boyfriends, I began encouraging them. I stopped competing with men and became more feminine. I even changed my college major to one more suitable for my new feminine self. I was happier than I had ever been. I was in love with life.

   What brought about this change? A wonderfully perceptive roommate saw what was wrong with my attitude about life and gave her copy of Fascinating Womanhood to read. I still have to work hard and there are things I forget, but the last year has been the happiest of my life. I have been married about a year to the world’s most perfect husband. I wonder how I get thought I couldn’t make a marriage work. Thank you with all my heart.

   Fascinating Womanhood has given me my most prized possession—a happy, contented husband.

   As for Mom and Dad, your book is helping them have a happier marriage too. Mom has read Fascinating Womanhood and is working hard to get her marriage working right. Last night Daddy bought her a new stove that she had mentioned she’d like to have. The change in this marriage makes me thrill. May God bless you and may Fascinating Womanhood come into the hands of every woman in the world.

Too Girly?

Richard Forsyth

Ivanka Trump, center in pink, with the 2017 G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany. 

Ivanka Trump, center in pink, with the 2017 G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany. 

   In a recent article, MSNBC’s Joan Walsh accused Ivanka Trump of being “too girly.” 

Ivanka Trump criticized for being "too girly" by Joan Walsh at MSNBC

   No matter what your personal political views are, for a woman to accuse another woman of being “too girly” is cause for those of us who believe in the power of femininity to take a stand for our gender.  She stated that Ivanka’s dress was not appropriate “for work.”

   Whether Ms. Walsh understands it or not, she is going against her own gender, the implication being that to be taken seriously, we must dress like, and be more man-like. In other words, masculine is best, at least for work.

   She states further, “And I think that what we see is that in patriarchal, authoritarian societies, daughters have great value — they are property,” she said. “And the message that she is sending about her own value, about her place in the White House, and about the place of women in this administration, I think, are really, pretty frightening.”

   First of all, patriarchal, authoritarian societies, don’t value daughters as being of great value. Like Ms. Walsh said, they are property and can be disposed of (killed) whenever the father believes she has disgraced the family. In too many countries, a woman’s death is not even recorded, nor her grave marked. 

   At Fascinating Womanhood, we believe women are extremely valuable. These extreme feminists have no idea of the power of femininity—that includes being girly whenever we feel like it. To call out another woman for being “girly” is anti-woman and implies that men, after all is said and done, should be emulated and copied, that somehow our sex is lesser and not as important.

   It doesn’t work for us to be more man-like. It just makes us come off as 2nd class men or “butchy.” We have much more influence being feminine females. These misguided feminists simply have no idea what they are promoting and, what they are missing!

   Enjoy being and developing your femininity. Fascinating Womanhood can help you rediscover and re-claim your girlishness and true identity and womanly power. 
 

The Change is Overwhelming!

Richard Forsyth

~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   During the past few weeks I have been taking a Fascinating Womanhood class. The results in my own home are remarkable. My husband and I are both Christians and very active in our church but even so, our marriage seemed rapidly heading for divorce. I knew I needed help so I secretly started seeing a psychiatrist, had many counseling sessions with our pastor, and finally a marriage counselor, and still continued having deep, prolonged depressions, lasting for days.

   I happened to see a lovely lady at the beauty shop with an F.W. book. She told me about the classes, so I enrolled. I have learned more from those classes than all the professional counseling sessions put together! The change in our home is almost overwhelming! My husband can’t seem to do enough for me. For the first time in twelve years of marriage, he has taken over the bill paying, has started to do the yard and gardening, and wants to do some home improvements.

   I seemed to always get stuck with driving our pickup, which I hated to drive. He has now put it up for sale and is buying a small car for me to drive! He has become more devoted to our church, and instead of complaining of my activity, he says he is proud of me! He is a real estate broker and his business has increased to the point our accountant says it’s going to be a profitable year! His formula: A successful church life and a successful home equal a successful business. I am so thankful for Fascinating Womanhood.

Childlikeness Success Story

Richard Forsyth

   Childlikeness Success Story by one of our Fascinating Womanhood followers

   On childlike response--

   About two weeks ago I was making small talk with Scot. We were discussing a local tick problem, which included the children's dental hygienist who had removed a tick from her 16 year old daughter that morning, making her late for work.

   "So Amy's an older woman?" He's a detail guy.

   "Well, she's probably my age." I replied, assuming he considers me youngish.

   His response was an affirmative grunt.

   "You think I'm old! You meanie!" I exclaimed, honestly ruffled at the thought. Walking away from the kitchen where we were to our bedroom I began to clean while sorting how to handle the situation. I was offended. Childlike response isn't natural for me, but it popped into my head to try it.

   Scot's heavy boots thumped toward our bedroom as I continued hanging clothes. He had to leave for work and leaned in to say goodbye.

   "You don't want to kiss an 'older woman'!" I bristled with a pout. "I should have burnt your breakfast burrito, you brute!" I continued with a stomp of my foot. He smiled and tried to pinch me. (That's when I knew it was working!)

   Tossing my hair I stepped back playfully from his pinches. "I think I'll just burn your spaghetti tonight, you hairy beast!"

   He was giggling by now and reaching for me very inappropriately which made me feel anything but old in his presence.

   Spanking him as he turned with the dress I was hanging I told him he'd better get to work.
Benefits of childlike response that day:

1. Tension disappeared, relationship restored; not only that, but chemistry was enhanced bc of the interchange.

2. He was totally amused and learned coming to me (hopefully will continue to) brings positive response, not sulkiness and pouting which is very natural to me.

3. I got what I wanted which was affirmation he is attracted to me and doesn't consider me 'old'. The flirting was fun!
4. He learned he would have spaghetti for supper which he loves. (Unburnt, if he behaved. 😉)

 

Do You Have to Choose Between Love and Ambition?

Richard Forsyth

~ By Dixie Andelin Forsyth

   I keep hearing “studies show” that, though men might say they like the idea of dating an alpha female who makes more money than they do, the reality seems to be very different. Do you have to choose between love and ambition? Not if you understand and practice the principles of Fascinating Womanhood.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a10000998/ambition-and-dating/

   The article in the above link states that in a Match.com 2017 study on singles in America, men marked entrepreneur as the sexiest career a woman can have. The same survey said that 87% of men would be with a woman who made more than they did and nearly 90% wouldn’t mind if she were more educated.  The survey also indicated that the more educated a man is, the more he desires a smart and educated partner.

   But when it comes to who men actually ask out, the research looks quite different. While men might be verbally into the idea of better educated and intelligent woman, the fact is, in this study, if a girl out-performed him on a test, he expressed less romantic interest.

   What’s interesting about all this information is that so many people seem to miss the real reasons why many men don’t seem to feel as comfortable with driven alpha females.  They mistakenly think it’s because of men’s insecurity or feeling threatened by a strong woman.

   What is the truth?

   While being an alpha female and making a lot of money doesn’t, in itself, mean you can’t have a fabulous marriage, what’s more important to consider is how being in that position could potentially influence you as a woman. It’s certainly possible for any woman to maintain her perspective on femininity, charm and understanding men—but it can be more difficult.

   For example, some women have told us that when they have been the soul bread-winner, they discover, over time, that they begin to treat their husbands differently— they are bossier, more “motherly” and less sensitive to his needs. It’s not that the men in their lives are suddenly not able to “handle” her making more and being assertive, but could it be that she is not as feminine, charming and supportive? Does she treat him differently? Of course she does.

   So, should we avoid being “in charge”, running our own businesses, etc., even if we are alpha females? No, but it depends on you. You will have to be more aware of and careful to monitor your own attitudes and behaviors. Relationship deterioration can be slow and occur without clear evidence. You can be a feminine, charming and supportive female who understands men, no matter what you do. But you will need to be constantly self-aware of your attitudes and behaviors.

   Understanding and practicing Fascinating Womanhood is the best approach in learning how to treat a man. Your dedication to being feminine and understanding masculine pride has such a huge impact on your relationships, your marriage and family.  It will make the difference between a failed relationship or a lifelong love affair. 

Husband Finds Real Happiness

Richard Forsyth

~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   Our marriage had been good but the overly strong leadership exerted by my husband has often made me feel resentful of his demands.  After learning more fully through Fascinating Womanhood of the responsibilities he faces and the need he has of my support and admiration, I tried closing the gaps of my misunderstandings.  I thanked him for being the hard worker he is. I apologized for pushing my ideas too hard and told him that even though I sometimes had not shown it, I always knew underneath that his judgment was usually right.  I also turned over our three teenagers to him without reservation, a way I’d never been able to do before.

   There was no immediate reaction. However, one evening when I most needed to hear it, he unexpectedly said to me, “I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and I want you to know how happy I am with you and that I trust you completely.”

   Never in twenty-two years of marriage has he referred to himself as happy! I don’t think that is something he expected out of life. For him to express these feelings gave me the first experience of “Celestial Love” since courting days.

   As far as his relationship with the children, recently he has been telling his friends jokingly, “Being a parent is a full-time job!” And more seriously to me, “I don’t know why I’m so suddenly so involved, but I am so much closer to the kids than I’ve ever been.”

   Thank you, Fascinating Womanhood, for helping me understand what it means to be a real woman, I’ve found a new peace, happiness and fulfillment in all I do.