How to be a Woman

How to be a Woman

Book rating: 04 Paperback Ebury Press

By (author) Caitlin Moran

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091940745
  • ISBN 13: 9780091940744
  • Sales rank: 816

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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 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times - both as a TV critic and also in the most-read part of the paper, the satirical celebrity column 'Celebrity Watch' - winning the British Press Awards' Columnist of The Year award in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011. The eldest of eight children, home-educated in a council house in Wolverhampton, Caitlin read lots of books about feminism - mainly in an attempt to be able to prove to her brother, Eddie, that she was scientifically better than him. Caitlin isn't really her name. She was christened 'Catherine'. But she saw 'Caitlin' in a Jilly Cooper novel when she was 13 and thought it looked exciting. That's why she pronounces it incorrectly: 'Catlin'. It causes trouble for everyone.

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By Andrea Thompson 27 Oct 2014 4

I went into this book with very mixed opinions. On the one hand, I had my dad’s birthday present from his work and got told to buy him some books, and maybe one for myself, I had heard a lot of about Catlin Moran’s book from other feminist friends, and was on the fence as to whether to buy it. So I did…and it sat on my shelf for a good few months. The reason why is what follows:

There was an internet twitter incident not long ago, where Moran tweeted a comment about young adult literature, which was thoroughly slammed by Patrick Ness and other authors. She essentially made a comment that there are no gritty or “mature” themes within YA literature. This made me feel quite annoyed by her. So as you can see, I put the book off because I was so on the fence about whether I actually wanted to read any more of her opinion.

However, I finally picked this book up, and I’m glad I did. For one thing it certainly lessened my dislike of her. The thing about memoirs and such, and even articles and reviews, is that you need to remember it is one person’s personal opinion, and just because it is their opinion, does not mean it is right or wrong indefinitely and that they are saying “yes this is what you should all believe”. It is just a case of “Well this is what I believe or think about this”.

This book follows Caitlin’s journey through being a young girl in a cramped household, to going through puberty, learning what the hell periods are, how the work place is for women and all “the patriarchal bullshit” which happens along the way. My god, I spent my train journeys laughing while I read this book- in a good way, I mean!

The only other book like this I have read so far, is Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”, another great feminist memoir which had me in fits of laughter. So much of it is true, and actually quite disturbing, when you consider how females are treated in our society. But there were times when I was reading certain topics and I actually had genuine “oh thank god I’m not the only one who thinks that!”, ranging from what women are told to do to their bodies mainly to be considered “not lazy” followed by how women are supposed to react to aging, in terms of dying hair and worrying about wrinkle lines.

Just this year, the BBC ruled that women presenters of their children’s programming should not be allowed to wear red lipstick as it is considered “too sexy”. You almost never see women presenters who have grey hair or who appear to be over the age of around 40…whereas there are men presenting on the BBC who effectively look like dinosaurs in comparison.

Just…yes. Good. It does have some flaws and some statements that I don’t personally agree with, that is fine. But for the most part, I have a lot of feelings about this book which go along the lines of “read it, laugh, possibly cry, and damn the patriarchy!”

“Batman doesn’t have to put up with this ****–why should we?”

**the link to the article I mentioned:http://flavorwire.com/457727/caitlin-moran-says-there-are-no-sexy-ya-books-for-girls-has-no-idea-what-shes-talking-about

By Mariyana Dzambazova 29 Oct 2012 5

Quite bold I would say, I didn't expect it, but I liked it! Actually, I loved it!

By Anna Painter 15 Aug 2012 5

Loved this book, combined witty entertainment with some thought provoking commentary. Can't wait for her next book to hit the shelves.

Review quote

"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran's writing" Nigella Lawson "I have been waiting for this book my whole life" Claudia Winkleman "This might just be the funniest intelligent book ever written .. Moran's work packs a feminist punch in a way that Germaine Greer and an entire army of female eunuchs could never do, because she writes about things we've all done, thought, and said - but not quite so eloquently...the book everyone will be talking about" Stylist "Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend" Simon Pegg "It would almost be unkind to call this an important book, because what it mostly is is engaging, brave and consistently, cleverly naughtily funny, but actually it is important that we talk about this stuff" -- Katy Guest Independent on Sunday

Back cover copy

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 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking. 'This might just be the funniest intelligent book ever written' - Stylist 'Engaging, brave and consistently, cleverly, naughtily funny' -Independent