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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman (2011)

by Caitlin Moran

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flipping hilarious!
  Adele_Harth | Mar 14, 2014 |
Brilliant book - ties together the author's lived experiences with wickedly sharp insights into what it is like to be a woman today. Worth reading for her definitions of feminism and misogyny alone. Hilarious and biting.

Moran is also to be commended for telling the story of her own abortion. It's one thing to be pro-choice - it's another to publicly discuss the reasons you decided to exercise that right. ( )
  Vantine | Mar 14, 2014 |
I read this is super fast time, it was entertaining, funny and in some places profound. It mixes memoir with feminism and does it in a fun, inclusive way. It covers lots of topics relating them back to her own life, gives some clear ideas about why and how you should be a feminist and not afraid to admit it, and it does this whilst encouraging you to be nice to people and enjoy life. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Mar 3, 2014 |
What a glorious, funny, joyous book. The title, as Moran admits in the afterword, is a bit of a misnomer: this isn't an instruction manual. It is an autobiography of the bits of her life which have inspired and created Moran's feminism. This is not a book of analysis, but of opinion - opinion won though a variety of fascinating, or at least funny, experiences.

I come away from it knowing there's at least one woman out there whose feminism - whose philosophy on life - very much resembles my own (though not in all respects). And I also get the feeling that if I were ever lucky enough to meet her, Caitlin Moran and I could be good mates. ( )
  labcoatman | Feb 6, 2014 |
Moderately entertaining. I feel like I should have more opinions about it, but I didn't care very much one way or the other. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
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The joy of this book is just that: the joy. What Moran is really arguing for is more female happiness. Women spend too much of their time worrying, beating themselves up, going along with time-wasting, restrictive, often expensive, sexist mores. The triumph of How To Be A Woman is that it adds to women's confidence. It reminds us that sexism, and all that is associated with it, is not only repressive, it is tedious and stupid. It is boring. Best give it a body swerve and get on with having fun
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Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from the riot of adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth--whether it's about the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, popular entertainment, or childred--to jump-start a new conversation about feminism. With humor, insight, and verve, How To Be a Woman lays bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.… (more)

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