The Internet has a dizzying array of sites for women. There are celebrity gossip sites that drain our time, fashion sites that promote the culture of consumption, (some) mommy blogs for the endless “mommy wars” debates… But there are women running thoughtful sites about peeling back the superficial facade of femininity imposed by popular culture to get at the true nature of womanhood underneath. These sites will help you grow as a woman, wife, and person.
“The Art of Being a Woman.” Imagine Darling as a thoughtful conversation between a group of girlfriends. Read the regularly-updated blog or subscribe to the print issue.
“Darling leads women to practice the arts of virtue, wit, modesty, and wisdom—all the while creating beauty and embodying love. Darling says women are not only interesting, but original, not only good enough, but exceptional, not just here, but here for a purpose.”
A sumptuous effort to re-launch women’s magazines in a more positive, beautiful direction. Be sure to download the Teaser Issue, already available on-line and check out the thought-provoking blog.
“In a world that seems to offer us limitless choices, somehow the modern narrative about women—what we should look like, how we should date, how to be successful, what should make us happy—can ring hollow. So Verily is starting a new conversation—one for those who want a fresh take on life; an honest message that relates to their experiences which is uplifting, affirming, and true.”
A very popular, encyclopedic site about becoming a woman of class. Look for the reasonably-priced ebooks The Secrets of Elegance and Becoming a Woman of the Finest Class.
“Welcome to The Elegant Woman, a gentle guide for women to timeless chic, grace and poise. A personal insight into the art of refinement and living graciously, a dream shared by many.”
For the married and marriage-minded, a potpourri of information to help women become better women and wives. While you’re here, be sure to read the Guide to 100 Books Every Woman Should Read and 10 Things You Can Do to Help Your Husband Reclaim His Masculinity.
“Recovering a tradition of authentic femininity is what Experimental Wifery is all about, but it isn’t an easy task. That’s why we recall lessons from our friends, mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. Why we read great books and watch great films of the past and present with women we want to be like—and a few we don’t. And why we look back to great women from history to learn how they found their own ways to be great women and wives.”
An explicitly Christian, surprisingly frank site for 18-28 year-old women. The site provides a forum for women who may not have an intergenerational community to ask difficult questions and share their experiences. Check out July 2012’s “Ask a Married Woman” series—but be prepared for some strikingly intimate answers.
“Our generation of women is in the midst of an identity crisis. We struggle to stand up for ourselves; to identify and to be in relationship with good men. We struggle to see ourselves as we truly are. We struggle to move out of our past and into our future. We struggle with sub-par relationships, and the majority of us don’t have parents with healthy marriages to go to for advice.”
“The Art of True Womanhood.” A rarely updated, but beautiful resource full of history, advice, and art. The “Relationships and Etiquette” section is particularly well-researched and informative.
“At The New Noblewoman, I explore the art of true womanhood as a quality that involves the timeless over the trendy, and substance over style. It’s the opposite of get-in-debt, spend-your-way-to-status, and cover-up-your-authentic-self ideology that so many women’s magazines promote.”
My goal is to provide a comprehensive guide to sites that help women find their authentic femininity. Let me know if I’ve missed someone so I can add the site to the list.