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How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran review

Summary from Goodreads :

‘”Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She’s the feminist rock star we need right now.”
–Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

“Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don’t want to be like her–I want to be her.”
–Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women’s issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. “Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary,” (Elle UK), Moran’s debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now poised to take American womanhood by storm, here is a book that Vanity Fair calls “the U.K. version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants….You will laugh out loud, wince, and–in my case–feel proud to be the same gender as the author.”‘

I hadn’t ever heard of Caitlin Moran before I picked up this book and I have to say, I don’t normally read this type of novel, but the title interested me and I was curious. How to be a woman is basically a memoir of Moran’s life/a book about being a feminist. Now, ashamedly I have never read a book about the feminist movement or being a feminist in the 21st century which is weird because I am a woman, and I consider myself a feminist in the way that I believe that men and women should be equal. I really enjoyed this book, it was hilarious and I really relate to Moran and the embarrassing things that happened to her as a kid, teenager and adult.

Some of the anecdotes literally made me laugh out loud and the only time I put this book down was to giggle for a bit at some amusing story. The tone of the novel was very unformal and chatty, and by the end of the book I felt like I’d had a really good catch-up with one of my friends. I read it in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down and this may sound really, really cheesy but afterwards I felt really empowered, as a woman.

Moran is very skilled at getting her point across clearly, especially regarding feminist matters and quite a few times in the book I found myself saying (out loud!) ‘Yes, I agree with that’. I have to say if before this book somebody had told me to go and read a book about feminism or even a memoir/biography, I probably wouldn’t have being too excited (I’m more of a fantasy girl) but after reading how to be a woman I really understood the need for girls to have positive role models who don’t rely on their looks to get by, and how important it is to really understand the sacrifrices that have being made, and still are being made in some countries, to get women the equality we enjoy today. I am definitely going to check out some more books with a feminist slant.

However, I don’t think this book is for everyone. It does feature some language and situations that aren’t appropiate for children and I think that those readers who know a lot about feminism will feel a little talked down too if you know what I mean. I felt that how to be a woman was more a introduction to feminism.

I really enjoyed this book though, and I will be checking out some more of Caitlin’s work.

Happy Reading!

Laura 🙂

5 thoughts on “How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran review

  1. WOW Laura this review made me want to read a feminist book! I stumbled upon my first feminist book at an airport on my honey moon in 1981 at the age of 22. It was called the Women’s Room by Marylin French (I think) and I did not realize it was feminist until a friend pointed it out a few weeks later. The biggest impact of Feminist I saw mainstream was Susan Faludi’s BACKLASH in the 1990s and I heard so many women say “I did not realize I was a feminist” I think even my generation (I am now 53) had so much given to us by those who fought for rights that we take for granted so much available to us as women.
    I really enjoyed your review
    Thanks!

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