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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.  

The Hammer (A True Story)

Richard Forsyth

   Once there was a woman (we'll call her Daisy) who needed masculine help decorating for a rather large party in a huge gymnasium. Some of the elaborate decorations were heavy and  required help to put up using ladders, screws and nails.
    Most of the women who were there to help discovered it was difficult to get the men to help them with these tasks and they grew increasingly frustrated and a little put out.
    Daisy, however, had studied Fascinating Womanhood and had come prepared. She not only dressed like a woman (pants, but feminine ones, makeup and hair done) but brought her own little tools to help her with her many tasks. 
    At one critical point, it was time to put up a large chandelier; this definitely needed a man's help. Daisy asked one man very politely if he would please help her not only lift up the chandelier but secure it; that it was far too hard for her to manage alone. This required a hammer so the ropes could be secured by a hook that had to be nailed into the wall.. The man agreed but somewhat reluctantly since the light fixture was not only heavy but awkward and the rickety ladder available to him didn't make him feel secure. 
    So up the chandelier went (thank goodness Daisy had help: she'd have never lifted it herself--even though she was a regular at the gym). Then, as the man was attempting to secure the long ropes that held the fixture at the top of the 25 foot ceiling, he shouted out "Does anyone have a hammer?" His frustration was obvious. He'd forgotten he needed one when he started the task. Quick as a flash, Daisy pulled out her own personal hammer, an 8" one she found at a hardware store, painted white with multi colored dots on it, complete with a pink ribbon tied in a bow around the neck.
    The man took one look at the hammer and burst out laughing. The tension of the moment disappeared and he was so amused that he took the hammer (it worked despite its diminutive size) and awkwardly used it, but used it just the same: hammering in hook and nail to hold the ropes secure. Within a couple of minutes the light fixture was up and he went around showing the hammer to some of the other men. They all enjoyed the story immensely plus, the gymnasium looked great. It was interesting to see how manly this small situation made him feel. Emphasizing the differences between masculine and feminine really made a difference and everyone came away feeling good about themselves.