Over 50 years after the original book, the sequel to Helen Andelin’s Fascinating Womanhood is here. Originally published in 1963, Fascinating Womanhood sold over 5 million copies globally and was translated into 7 languages. As controversial as it was popular, the book also spawned a grassroots movement of classes where women could learn more about feminine influence in relationships and the home—classes that continue to this day in countries all over the world.
The sequel, Fascinating Womanhood for the Timeless Woman, sees Andelin’s daughter, Dixie Andelin Forsyth, pick up her mother’s mantle with the aim of “awakening an enlightened form of femininity in women, in order to inspire a noble masculinity in men and create a lifelong romance.” With teachings that lean strongly on relationship roles—focusing on division of labor between task and relationship leaders—Fascinating Womanhood has also been called “the book feminists love to hate” and there’s no doubt that its sequel is set to raise eyebrows, particularly at a time when gender norms and roles are a hot topic. While some may wonder whether these teachings have relevance within the context of a modern world, Dixie believes they have never been more important.