The Fascinating Girl

by | Aug. 25, 2009

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Take with me, if you will, a little trip down memory lane. It’s 1975 and I’m lying on my lavender ruffled bedspread in my lavender bedroom, hair tucked behind my ears, reading my favorite book and marking my favorite passages. At fifteen, I study this book daily, copy sections of it in my diary, memorize whole paragraphs, return to certain chapters again and again, and religiously follow the book’s teachings. Is it the Book of Mormon? No. The Bible? No. It’s not even Paul H. Dunn’s The Osmonds. It is, my friends, The Fascinating Girl by Helen Andelin, a seminal work that shaped the dating lives of single girls (well, at least mine) in the 1970’s.

If you aren’t familiar with The Fascinating Girl, allow me to enlighten you. Basically, while Fascinating Womanhood (by the same author) tells married women how to be alluring to their husbands, The Fascinating Girl tells single women how to catch a husband using their feminine wiles.

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