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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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At first glance, How to be a Woman is a hilarious wry commentary growing up poor in Wolverhampton, with a large family. There are so many laugh out loud moments for me as Moran presents a pretty bleak and depressing start under a humorous lens. I would say the humour is quite dark, I can think of nothing worse then having hand-me-down underwear that were owned previously by mother. As someone who grew up in a depressing tiny financially struggling house with a large family, I understood completely. It was cathartic to laugh at the ridiculousness of the shared common experiences. On that basis, How to be a Woman was excellent.

From what I understand, this book is a memoir but supposed to be also a commentary of some aspects of feminism as it relates to the modern woman. I found Moran's take on feminism pretty insulting at times and there was a lot of what she said that I just did not agree with. There are also a lot of sweeping generalisations about other cultures and sexualities that made me uncomfortable. However, there were also some things that made me want to scream 'YES!' In agreement.

In short, I had mixed feelings about How to be a Woman and it should be taken with a very large pinch of salt... and a glass or two of wine.

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  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
Put down 50 Shades of Gray. I've got something equally smutty but infinitely smarter to recommend. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran is a feminist manifesto like none you've read. Most of us don't go around reading feminist manifestos but in any case this one is definitely for everyone -- even if you are a dude and maybe even especially so.

How to Be a Woman passes my funny-lady-memoir test. I still long to be Moran's friend even after I read the last word of her foul-mouthed, opinionated, TMI account of every experience from menstruation to pornography to abortion. You will be horrified if you hate the word vagina even as Moran herself declines the usage in favor of a more literary word. If this describes you, please read One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith by Brenda Warner and Jennifer Schuchmann. Warner's story is compelling and has everything memoir readers love including football. But if you think you can take Moran's in-your-face drive for equality, then give How to Be a Woman a consensual whirl.

For the full review, visit: http://rebelwithablog.blogspot.com/2015/01/book-review-how-to-be-woman-by-caitli...
  rebl | Dec 28, 2015 |
Laughed a lot. Read parts out loud to my friends. Learned lots of new words. ( )
  BethEtter | Dec 20, 2015 |
Moran on onnistunut kirjoittamaan äärimmäisen hauskan ja ronskin kasvutarinan omasta matkastaaan oxfordilaisesta tytöstä aikuiseksi naiseksi. Jo pelkät lukujen nimet saavat hymyilemään (kukapa ei innostuisi otsikosta "En keksi rinnoilleni nimeä!"), eikä varsinainen sisältö todellakaan petä. Loistavan rempseä tarina naiseksi kasvamisen vaikeuksista ja jopa hulvattomiksi luettavista käänteistä. ( )
  MariaBrandybuck | Dec 7, 2015 |
Far more serious than I was expecting. There were definitely funny parts and it was definitely interesting but most of it honestly made me feel kind of depressed. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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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"Pencil skirts, skin-tight jeans and leggings - they all allow us to witness an exact outline of the wearer's pants, rather like the 'Geo-Phys print-out of an ancient drainage system on Time Team."
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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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