Part four of the Fascinating Women documentary about Mrs. Helen Andelin and her Fascinating Womanhood movement is titled “Helen’s Paradox” and includes commentary from those who say that Mrs. Andelin was a very successful businesswoman and those who say she was not a businesswoman, but a homemaker on a mission from God. I knew Mrs. Andelin and worked with her on some things FW before she passed, and I believe that she wasn’t a businesswoman in the feminist sense of the word, but a Proverbs 31 woman who loved God and served Him and womankind of the world in the way in which He created her to.
Part five is titled “Man of Steel and Velvet” and is about Mrs. Andelin’s husband Aubrey and their relationship. The first time I watched this chapter I thought it was unfair and rude to Mr. Andelin’s memory and to Mrs. Andelin for making her husband out to be – as he was described in the chapter – a bungler, a sexist, critical, arrogant, and a draft-dodging coward. The Mrs. Andelin I knew loved and missed her husband terribly after he passed. I don’t know how she would feel about this chapter, because she could be surprising. The second time I watched it, I noticed more of the good things that some people had to say about him.
Both chapters are crystal clear reminders that if a married woman works for money, the money should be used 100% for charity rather than to provide anything - even fun stuff – for her family. Providing completely for the family is the husband’s job, as Mrs. Andelin taught in FW. I don’t know if the money she made from the movement and book all went to charity or to enlarge the movement, though I believe that some of it did. It does seem that perhaps the money was used for more than charity, to help pay for things for the family, because a few of her daughters are living examples of what Mrs. Andelin wrote would be the outcome of the blurring of the roles of man and wife in marriage, in regards to working for money and the way they see their Dad and Mom in the lens of FW.
The documentary does seem to me to be doing a good job of relating that FW’s time had come, and is now going. It’s time for a modern women’s movement that shares the best of FW along with information pertinent to living in our generation, in this new day and age. I personally feel myself stepping away – closing the book, if you will – from the FW chapter of my life, and stepping into a whole new, modern world of Wonderful Womanhood. I sincerely appreciate those of you who are walking into this world with me.