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Jul 31, Selected by Emma Watson for her feminist book club â€˜Our Shared Shelfâ. DESCRIPTION Selected by Emma Watson for her feminist book club â€˜Our Shared Shelfâ€™It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since. Read "How to Be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. “Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty. Books Download How to Be a Woman [PDF, Kindle] by Caitlin Moran Online Full Collection "Click Visit button" to access full FREE ebook.
However, a few nagging questions do remain Some points also left me asking questions - why is Lady Gaga a feminist symbol who controls her sexuality whilst doing near naked photo-shoots but the myriad of women who did it before her aren't? Rule 5: I didn't find. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Johann Hari.
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She doesn't hold back and you really know what she thinks. I related to many parts in the book and was saddened by others. Makes you sit back question some things woman face daily. Lots of good giggles. Lays it on the line what becoming a woman is like and what we endure as women. Looking forward to reading her next one! So true to every woman's life. Witty and an addictive read. Highly recommended. While I don't agree with all her views, Caitlin makes some great points in a fun, realistic and relatable way.
Anyone would enjoy this book. Yes Caitlin, you are SO outrageous! You have fine honed the art of vulgarity. PS, in case your girlfriends or female family members haven't included you in their conversations before, this has been talked about around the water cooler before there were water coolers. PSS, you aren't the first female that has tried to shock the rest of us by proclaiming that you refuse to groom yourself for a man. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.
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No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! You've successfully reported this review. She manages to address the horrors of childbirth and the joys of parenting, the conundrum of naming of vaginas, and the unnecessary discomfort of women hiring domestic help — all with a deft hand and abundant use of italics. A girlfriend gave me this book, and I continue to pass it forward. I wonder what amazingness would occur if every girl received this book on her 15th birthday?
We could all save ourselves so much time, effort and angst! Read this book now, then give it away. They all seem to have managed [childlessness] quite well. Nov 23, Stella rated it it was amazing. I have laughed out loud in too many public places reading this perfect book that ALL women need to read and all men too.
My reoccuring thought throughout reading was: It's not just me that thinks this way! In little over pages this book has made my confidence sky rocket. This book takes you by the shoulders and shakes you like a best friend to remind you how important you are being exactly who you are with your saggy, flabby, wrinkly bits included too.
After following Caitlin Moran on Twitter for a couple of years now I thought it was eventually time to read one of her books. Well, that was one of my better ideas. This can be labelled as a sort of feminist memoir and oh lord, is it good. Moran's witty, truthful, and journalistic prose makes reading this memoir a treat. A big feminist treat. Her unparalleled attitud After following Caitlin Moran on Twitter for a couple of years now I thought it was eventually time to read one of her books.
Her unparalleled attitude and "oops did I seriously just write that" approach reminds me of Lena Dunham's other touchstone feminist work "Not That Kind of Girl". This is an equally wonderful work. Not since Greer's The Female Eunich a book that Moran references fervently throughout her book has the publishing industry been so bombarded with feminist folios.
More like this please! View 1 comment. Aug 09, Andrew Shaffer rated it it was amazing. Everyone--men and women--should read this. I'm a dude and I didn't, like, grow a vagina or anything. So it's safe. View all 6 comments. Sep 12, Meagan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feminists have been moaning about why women and men hesitate to label themselves as feminists these days. And rightly so. It makes no sense for women or men to be nervous about being pro-gender equality.
I have a theory about that, which fits with both this book's assertions and many of the negative reviews of it here on goodreads. A lot of "traditional" feminists have this reputation for being aggressive, judgmental, and overly serious.
Who wants to hang out with someone who is likely to fi Feminists have been moaning about why women and men hesitate to label themselves as feminists these days.
Who wants to hang out with someone who is likely to find fault with everything you do, everything you say, and every opinion you hold? Militant feminists can be a minefield, making you feel like an enemy to your gender for wearing kitten heels, or for refusing to wear kitten heels. The rules keep changing! But Caitlin Moran, on the other hand, leaves all the strident in her feminism, without all the militant. This brand of feminism is fine with you wearing kitten heels, or with you refusing to wear kitten heels, so long as you made the decision for your own happiness, and not to satisfy the happiness of others.
This brand of feminism makes it clear that healthy women love men, even if they don't love love men. It takes back the idea that independent, modern feminists can be funny, silly, and can make fun of our idiosyncrasies. We don't have to be all dour and glum, muttering about The Man all the time. These are feminists you want to hang out with, and be associated with. These are the feminists who make you happy to get up on a chair and shout "I am a strident feminist!
Plus, this book made me snort-laugh a few times. Always a good sign. View all 4 comments. Dec 16, Perceptive rated it did not like it. If you are here to tell me that Moron was just being "funny" or "ironic" or any other word meant to belittle my take on Moron's interview and thus insinuate that I just don't get it and I am pearl clutching: And go drip your Moron apologia somewhere else.
I lived in the UK, I understand Moron's "humour" quite well, and I still think she's a fuckwit poor ass excuse for a female. As are her attack fans. So buh-bye and better luck proselytizing on someone else's review.
Your comments will be deleted. Moran can go screw herself. And return all those distasteful US dollars to the poor backward American women who bought her self-aggrandizing BS.
How was promoting your book in the US? Did they understand How to be a Woman? Not for saying vagina, surely. They kill you for saying vagina [laughs]. So yeah, it was weird going there and having to basically justify feminism again in a way I never had to in this country or in any other places. You get female interviewers who really need you, who are desperate for you to take them through, step-by-step, through why women should be equal to men, and why access to abortion should be a right.
They need you to do that because that conversation has still not happened there. There was a very tragic case in Melbourne recently, about an Irish girl who was walking home from a bar, and who was married and lived metres from a bar, and was walking home and was just randomly abducted and raped and murdered. Society should be different. But again the thing is, so many things you could do instead are predicated on having money.
She could come out of a nightclub and get into a taxi, that would be the right thing to do. No billionaire heiresses are ever abducted and raped and murdered, because they are just being put into a taxi or have their driver waiting around a corner for them. Oh, Caitlin, you ignorant prat, you. First, Patty Hearst is an heiress who was abducted and raped and forced to commit armed robbery, so go learn some history and stop talking out of your lower back orifice.
Second, I lived in the UK. British women are no more and no less liberated than American women. I rest my case. Oh Moran, you xenophobic moron. Has her family been informed of her demise? Oh, and let's not start with Moron's - I mean, Moran's victim blaming. I know far too many rape and assault victims who were attacked while wearing flat soled shoes; who were attacked in their beds; who were attacked while running in broad daylight in a "safe" neighborhood.
I myself was surrounded by a group of drunk Champagne Charlies who tried to scare and intimidate me at 8 o'clock in the morning on Charing Cross Road; I wore rubber-soled shoes, a bulky leather coat and no make-up. Funny, the only time I've been scared for my person has been in London, despite living in several US cities with worse reputations.
But no, according to Moran, the only women who get raped are those who "deserve" it by dressing and acting a certain way.
In other words, ragey, ragey eyeball stabby. If Moran had an ethical bone in her body which I doubt she would donate every pence of her royalties to rape helplines and battered women shelters, to counteract just an ounce of the BS she peddles.
Dec 20, Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately the e-reader I was using at the time has lost all of my notes on this, but I wanted to write something here anyway because I think Caitlin Moran is such an extravagantly gifted writer and I thought this book was a kind of masterpiece of its type. Caitlin is my generation, and her English suburban background and sense of humour are mine, so the laughter when I read her stuff is mingled with a constant astonished recognition of the details, everything from adolescent wanking over The Unfortunately the e-reader I was using at the time has lost all of my notes on this, but I wanted to write something here anyway because I think Caitlin Moran is such an extravagantly gifted writer and I thought this book was a kind of masterpiece of its type.
Caitlin is my generation, and her English suburban background and sense of humour are mine, so the laughter when I read her stuff is mingled with a constant astonished recognition of the details, everything from adolescent wanking over The Camomile Lawn to singing the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes theme tune.
Indeed I find her so relatable, and am so envious of her abilities as a comic stylist, that I feel almost personally affronted when people criticise her — as many people have done, because How to be a Woman marked the first time she was pushed in the US and found a readership there, and she subsequently came under analysis from a lot of very earnest feminist bloggers who were disappointed when she deviated from each individual writer's idea of correct dogma.
But this is not an academic text, it's a memoir with a mission, and she is always ready to drop politics momentarily for the sake of a good gag. As we all should be. But it seems you can't win: So yeah, I felt like cheering the whole time. And I'm not even a woman. I rarely laugh out loud reading books, even very funny ones, but I read this on a long train journey from Monaco to Paris and the entire carriage was staring at me as I snorted, cried, and collapsed repeatedly into unsuppressable guffaws.
When we got off at the Gare de Lyon, two separate people asked me what I'd been reading. View all 9 comments.
This is an abridged review. You can read the full thing here.
Also, I demoted it by one star because while I was writing the review, I got to further reflect on and remember! It's pretty bad. The thought of this book serving as anyone's introduction to feminism horrifies me. Let's start with Moran's take on a subject near and dear to my heart, women's history: Even the most ardent feminist historian Come on -- let's admit it.
Let's stop exhaustively pretending that there is a parallel history of women being victorious and creative, on an equal with men, that's just been comprehensively covered up by The Man.
There isn't. This really pisses me off for a couple of reasons. The first is that she's distorting an entire academic field. I read a decent amount of women's history; not once have I ever come across a serious historian claiming that there was a "parallel history" of women being equal to men. Like, ever. However, the real reason this flippancy angers me is because it is the same attitude used to dismiss Native American history, or Black history, or Latin history, or any other kind of history that isn't white and European.
This attitude has been quite the problem in the legacy of mainstream feminism. Since we're on the subject of feminist legacies, let's talk about the chapter that's very much the heart of the book: Rule 1: Don't start by paraphrasing Germaine "Transphobe" Greer but if you absolutely must , don't double down by paraphrasing creepy, cissexist shit like "you need to taste your menstrual blood," for christ's sake.
Rule 2: Don't say that people who can't say "I'm a feminist" are "basically bending over, saying, 'Kick my arse and take my vote, please, patriarchy. Rule 5: Don't say, "I want to reclaim the phrase 'strident feminist' in the same way the hip-hop community has reclaimed the word 'nigger.
There are tons of other problems with the book, but since the book is being marketed as fun feminism, I'll just touch on Moran's take on what her intended audience might consider fun: Like pole dancing classes! And burlesque! But don't you dare become a stripper: I can't believe that girls saying, "Actually, I'm paying my university fees by stripping" is seen as some kind of righteous, empowered, end-of-argument statement on the ultimate morality of these places One doesn't want to be as blunt as to say, "Girls, get the fuck off the podium -- you're letting us all down," but: Girls, get the fuck off the podium -- you're letting us all down.
I know! Who would have thought! So long as women are doing it for fun -- because they want to, and they are in a place where they won't be misunderstood, and it seems ridiculous and amusing Feminism is behind you. With burlesque, not only does the power balance rest with the person taking her clothes off Strippers are letting us down, feminism supports pole dancing classes, and it's totally okay to use a derogatory term that hurts trans people on top of tying adjectives like "campy" and "fetish" to trans identities.
Got it. Yay, feminism! So what is her problem? Why does this book have so many issues? Mar 21, Melki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nowadays, you DO have to be drunk. The last time I heard a female friend relate anything even remotely personal was when L.
You bastard! When I was in college, I fell in with the wrong crowd - a group of older women who were returning to finish degrees that had been nudged aside for marriage and family.
And, man, do I ever miss that! Why is wanting to talk about something we all do too much information? Why does no one want to go there? Well, Ms. From pubic hair Yes! And what fun it was spending time with her. I found her let-your-freak-flag-fly message to be reassuring, entertaining and pants-wettingly funny.
Not everyone will like her, or her book. And that's okay. If even thinking about the f-word makes you blush, if you've never concocted an imaginary relationship with a male celebrity, or if you've never touched yourself down there , put the book down and back away. If you're like me, you'll love it. Being a woman. Sep 08, Megan Baxter rated it really liked it. I finished this book over a week ago, but then promptly packed up to go visit my grandmother, and was nowhere near a computer.
My grandmother turned 95 on Friday. She's a pretty remarkable woman. There's a story that is told in women's history circles, about the classic assignment to go interview your grandmother, and how everyone comes back, convinced that their grandmother was a "feminist," whether or not their grandmother would have agreed with that assessment. Everyone's grandmother seems to I finished this book over a week ago, but then promptly packed up to go visit my grandmother, and was nowhere near a computer.
Everyone's grandmother seems to be more opinionated, stronger, and more capable than they were expecting, and that translates in their heads, into "feminist. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook View all 5 comments. Aug 17, Amber rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm never going to read this book, ever.
Yes, I may have a lot of privilege, enough that I was able to take an "Introduction to Women's Studies" course last year at my university. But so does frickin' Caitlin Moran. The last time I checked feminism was about inclusion. I think it's wonderful that she made an effort to put feminism back on the table in the general media but I despise that she had to do it in such an inappropriate, haphazard, poorly labelled way.
I don't want any arguments about how this kind of language helps the book appeal to the general public.
This goes against so much of what modern day feminism stands for. It's really not hard to censor yourself - people ask you to do it around their children! An introductory guide should not be teaching its readers to use words that are unacceptable in the community. It's like teaching someone a new language with all the vulgar, impolite terms, and then telling them to go practice with strangers.
No, just use the polite, non-academic terminology or make this a personal memoir and be done with it. The moment you advertised as a introductory guide to feminism was the moment I disregarded and shamed your novel - forever and ever. View all 8 comments. Part memoir, part rant, this is my second Moran read and yet again she's left me feeling inspired and empowered, determined to be just a little bit better at being me.
Aug 10, Carolyn rated it it was amazing. Two caveats: At times, Moran misses the opportunity to connect the feminist needs and experiences of hetero women to the feminist needs and experiences of GLBTQAI, minority communities, and other groups of people to whom the female experience is infinitely parallel.
I straight-up disagree with her on at least two major points. But the thing is, her arguments for those two points were not ones I'd heard before. They made me think about issues in genuinely new ways. And I spend a LOT of time thinking about these things.
She's a fresh and incisive intellect. But in general, this book had a great balance of anecdote and analysis, alternating milk-out-your-nose-funny stories of booze and underpants with cogent analyses of the current Western State of Affairs.
A great read. View 2 comments. White feminism at its finest. The writing style is probably the most annoying thing ever. I have another book by her - a gift, also - and I'm so afraid to read it now, because part of the reason it took me like a week to read this was the writing style. I couldn't bring myself to DNF this because I was interested in most of the things she said but it was so hard to get through the narration. I wasn't agreeing with her on so many points I stopped reading this as a feminist novel and tried to, at le White feminism at its finest.
I wasn't agreeing with her on so many points I stopped reading this as a feminist novel and tried to, at least, enjoy the humor. I especially didn't like her take on strip clubs and the women working there, body hair and women as celebrities. It didn't take me long to understand most of this book is just full of hypocrisy and internalized sexism. May 19, Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it Shelves: I remember seeing the cover of this book and wondering: Who is this Caitlin Moran person, and why should I care about her being a woman?
Well it turns out she is quite a big deal in the UK, where she wrote a novel at 15, became a music journalist for the weekly Melody Maker at 16 and briefly hosted a Channel 4 pop culture show called Naked City at 18 before embarking on a long career as a TV critic and satirical columnist for The Times. In fact, while visiting the UK last fall, I saw one of her co I remember seeing the cover of this book and wondering: And I was hooked.
So when this book popped up at the library I thought: Why not? And I listened along to the audio version, which turned out to be a good decision. Her exuberant, fierce personality comes through — in both her prose and voice.
How To Be A Woman is a lively, smart and thoroughly entertaining memoir about growing up in a semi-hippie-ish large family seven kids! That, in turn, leads to an intelligent and passionate discussion about porn. Her chapter on feminism should be required reading for all human beings.
And a section about delivering her first child is painfully, almost excruciatingly, honest and real. Even her analyses of pop culture figures like Madonna vs. Lady Gaga are filled with smart cultural insights. But after reading Moran on the hell that is the high heel, you have my sympathies, women.
The book ends with a discussion of getting older and touches on things like plastic surgery. I look forward to reading Moran chronicle the second half of her life, hard-earned wrinkles and all. Nov 25, Janette Fleming rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, a few nagging questions do remain… Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt?
This is a gloriously funny, witty memoir that will have you snorting with laughter within 5 mins. Let's be honest it is not going to become a academic tome of feminist philosophy but underneath all the jokes is a 'short, sharp feminist agenda'. Be happy in yourself and women stop falling for the lies the world tells us about what it is to be a woman - and as a result, start having a good time. To not care about all those supposed 'problems' of being a woman. To refuse to see them as problems at all.
Yes - when I had my massive feminist awakening, the action it provoked in me was Jan 13, Paul E. This is a tricky one. Reading around the Internet, I think a lot of people have been disappointed by this book because they weren't familiar with Moran's other work and were expecting it to be a fully-formed feminist manifesto and, having seen a lot of the promotional material for the book, I don't really blame them.
This book is a kind of humorous semi-memoir sprinkled with generous helpings of Moran's opinions on what it is to be a woman, which has a feminist slant. A bit of a non-specif Hmmm A bit of a non-specific description that, wasn't it? This pretty much sums up how I feel about the book.
It is often very funny, sometimes thought-provoking and, in places, very moving It's not quite funny enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to be a manifesto and not consistently delving enough to be a memoir although the chapters on having children I won't say I didn't enjoy it, because I did, and I won't say it didn't move me, because there were tears, but, like a Mississippi bullfrog, it didn't know which way to jump.
The book as a whole somehow manages to be less than the sum of its parts. Aug 16, Lena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Six months ago, a memoir by a British columnist about feminism would not have caught my eye. Feminism in this country, anyway always seemed unnecessary to me, something that had been capably handled by the previous generation and no longer required much thought.
This attitude no doubt stemmed from my having spent the majority of my life in progressive liberal communities and primarily self-employed, vaguely aware of that nagging gender pay gap but never having felt personally affected by it. Th Six months ago, a memoir by a British columnist about feminism would not have caught my eye. Then came Elevatorgate, an explosion of misogyny hurled at women in the skeptical community who had dared express opinions on how they would like to be treated at conferences.
This fire was fueled by an astonishing display of patriarchal density from no less than the esteemed Richard Dawkins, causing me to think maybe this equality thing wasn't quite as well handled as I'd assumed. Not long after, I heard about this book. I was still a little unsure about the whole feminist thing, but an affably written and funny memoir about it seemed like an accessible place to start.
And funny this book is. Moran has all the key qualities of a skilled memoirist - she's a fantastic storyteller, witty, self-depricating and insightful in all the right ways. She also has a conveniently nutty family she is skilled at exploiting for comedic gain. She can often be over the top, but in the way of that loud but utterly charming woman you find yourself glad you are sitting next to in a bar.
She is also extremely blunt and pulls no punches as she traces her own development into womanhood and her ham-handed attempts to figure it out along the way.
Moran's chapter on the sudden arrival of her own body hair segues into a graphic discussion of the modern industrial porn industry and its dramatic impact on currently acceptable standards of female grooming. I was so appalled by what I learned from this chapter I wanted to buy a copy of this book for every teenaged girl I know to inoculate them against the apparently pervasive idea that the Brazilian is now mandatory for all women.
Her chapter on falling in love, on the other hand, surprised me with a very personal insight into an early romance that was primarily conducted inside my head. I thought I had manufactured this relationship because of the distance between us, but reading Moran's accounting of an imaginary relationship she had with a man who shared her flat and her speculations as to why women are so skilled at this kind of mental romance was quite thought provoking for me.
It was when she started talking about shoes, however, that the visceral, yeah we still got a ways to go on that feminism front hit me in the gut. I am utterly baffled that strip club footwear has become the standard for women of fashionable tastes, as the increasing popularity of these towering torture chambers strikes me as something that can in no possible way be considered a step forward for women.
Moran shares my disdain and takes her own into the strip club itself, painting it as a kind of grotesque revival of a minstrel show that has some how slipped past the PC sensors. Her opinions on the sex industry - while boldly stated - are not always easy to pin down, however. Strip clubs are bad, but burlesque, which she argues provides a woman substantially more power of self-expression, is okay.
She has no problem with the concept of pornography itself, but derides what she refers to as "industrial" porn, that classic set-up in which the woman can at best be described as disinterested, and why would she be any other way when her personal satisfaction is clearly not the point of that standard shot. This is the classroom in which our children are learning about sex now, and Moran is rightly adamant about the need for additional education into what sex looks like when the woman is actually having a good time.
Moran's particular talent in this book is taking the challenges of everyday womanhood - underwear, grooming, love, motherhood, career, abortion, plastic surgery and failed princess fantasies - and using them as doorways into what feminism means today. I don't agree with her on everything, and I think there are places where her ideas are less well thought out than others. More than any book I've read in a long time, however, she got me thinking.
That she was able to do that while simultaneously making me laugh was impressive. The cover of this book has a quote describing it as the British version of Bossypants, but I don't think that's accurate. Tina Fey's awesome memoir gave me great insight into Tina Fey's life. This book, on the other hand, repeatedly gave me real insight into my own.
I'm not sure I'll be running around labeling myself a strident feminist anytime soon, but I already feel a little freer having read this book. Truly funny book. Will sure to read it again. Feb 13, Nigeyb rated it liked it. As far as I'm concerned, as a 50 something male, Caitlin Moran is preaching to the converted.
There's very little in her book that I disagree with. I will encourage my daughter to read it once she is 15 or 16 as I suspect that anyone, and especially females, trying to make sense of the modern world at that sort of age, would find lots of wisdom and insight. Even as hopefully a self-aware liberal I gained some insights and new ideas. The book is very enjoyable, particularly those plentiful sect As far as I'm concerned, as a 50 something male, Caitlin Moran is preaching to the converted.
The book is very enjoyable, particularly those plentiful sections that draw from Caitlin's own experience. That said, there were some parts of the book where I felt she could have been far more succinct without diluting the message. As I read this book I made a few short notes at the end of each chapter. Some chapters are more successful than others and so I will run through these responses chapter by chapter as it's a more specific way of reviewing the book: Chapter 1 'I start bleeding' - Caitlin makes a very good point about how it's the crass and desultory joylessness of online pornography that is problematic, and how porn informs and distorts sex education for young people.
Chapter 2 'I become furry' - Some interesting insights into how pornography has made the "Brazilian" standard for modern women. Caitlin rebels against this, stating "a modern woman should have I am aware that my views on waxing run contrary to current thinking.
Her discourse on body hair is sane and sensible - and highly entertaining. Chapter 3 'I don't know what to call my breasts' - How to refer to your body parts? Another amusing and wise exposition. Chapter 4 'I'm a feminist' - not quite as funny or succinct as Chapters but still good.
Chapter 5 'I need A bra' - my enthusiasm started to wane during this chapter. The humour is less prevalent and Caitlin labours her points. Her points are still well made, but do we really need 13 pages devoted to underwear? Chapter 6 'I am fat' - That's more like it. A genuinely insightful and interesting exploration of overeating, full of humour and lots of information that was completely new to me. Everyone should read it. Chapter 7 'I encounter some sexism' - Another great chapter with interesting and original points, and plenty of funny stuff too.
One of the great strengths of this book is Caitlin's complete candour. Chapter 8 'I am in love' - one of the best chapters yet.
Caitlin and Courtney's imbalanced relationship is a great read, and with a feel good ending too. Chapter 9 'I go lap dancing' - Another thought provoking, if more serious, chapter.
I accept Caitlin's distinction between burlesque and strip clubs: Chapter 10 'I get married' - A very wise and funny chapter. Caitlin's own disastrous wedding is amusingly described, and she explains all the reasons why nobody should ever spend huge sums of money on a wedding. Spot on. Chapter 11 'I get into fashion' - Found myself repeatedly nodding in agreement. How, and why, do women wear high heels? Caitlin has given up on all women's shoes.
Other interesting stuff about expensive bags and clothes generally. Chapter 12 'Why you should have children' - Less successful but still good. Children are, I think, a wonderful thing but clearly not for everyone. We also get a lot of in depth description of Caitlin's difficult first birth.
And how her attitude and preparation, and therefore the experience, for child number two was so much better. This chapter could and should have been half the length. Chapter 13 'Why you shouldn't have children' - Ah, here's all the counter arguments, and coherent and compelling they are too: Sounds reasonable.
Chapter 14 'Role models and what we do with them' - a slightly confusing chapter, Caitlin starts by stating "any modern feminist worth her salt has an interest in the business of A-list gossip: That's my excuse for buying OK! Bizarrely Caitlin then goes on to highlight all the ways in which those same magazines treat women unfairly and undermine them in a way that they wouldn't with their male counterparts.
Lady Gaga is also heralded as a positive female role model. Gaga's pretty much passed me by, like those horrible celebrity magazines which everybody should ignore. Buying them only encourages them Caitlin. Chapter 15 'Abortion' - serious stuff wherein Caitlin describes her abortion and the broader issues.
Sobering and full of good points. Chapter 16 'Intervention' aka the plastic surgery chapter aka why Caitlin will grow old naturally. All straightforward and eminently sensible. Postscript - "all the stories add up to one simple revelation, to just not give a shit about all that stuff.
I was interested to read other reviews of this book. My impression is that whilst most readers are enthusiastic there's a sizeable minority who are angry, outraged, or disappointed and are giving it one and two star reviews - and most of them are women.
I find this surprising as I found so little to disagree with.