Do you know The Art of Manliness? It’s a well-read blog dedicated to “reviving the lost art of manliness.” They draw heavy inspiration from the past as they discuss traditional manhood, hitting topics like manly skills, men from history, and masculine etiquette.
Before you start googling away, I’ll just tell you: there is no Art of Womanliness.
And I’ve often wondered, why not?
I suspect that the vast network of blogs aimed at women hits many of the same topics that would be covered on a comprehensive “Art of Womanliness” site. There are numerous blogs devoted to style, food, parenting, etiquette, finances and more that do what they do well.
But I think there may be a more fundamental issue at play.
At the Art of Manliness, they’re looking to the past to resurrect the masculine model of days gone by, examining the lives of men like Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Franklin and Chuck Yeager. But “reviving the lost art of womanliness” is a tricky endeavor. There are many positive examples of women in history to encourage, inspire and educate today’s women, but there’s also a whole lot of baggage. Though examples of strong female models from history exist, there isn’t a feminine model of ages past to resurrect.
Women’s position in society has changed a lot since the days of Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt–a lot more than that of men. Eleanor Roosevelt recognized this, and wrote, “Women have one advantage over men. Throughout history they have been forced to make adjustments.”
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote those words looking back from 1960, but they’ve proven to be prophetic. Women have made a lot of adjustments in the past 50 years. And we’ll keep making them.
Modern Mrs Darcy is exploring what it means to be a woman in today’s world–and an accomplished one, at that. And I’m very interested in your thoughts on the Art of Womanliness.
Readers, what do you think about the Art of Womanliness? Why is there no Art of Manliness for Women?
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