How to Be Woman- Caitlin Moran

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Synopsis (from Amazon)

1913: Suffragette throws herself under the King’s horse

 1970: Feminists storm Miss World

 Now: Caitlin Moran rewrites The Female Eunach from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller

There’s never been a better 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 you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, Topshop, motherhood and beyond.


Those who follow my Twitter feed will know that I had a bit of a girl crush on Caitlin Moran during this book. Honestly I just would love to be her friend! It’s almost difficult to see this as a feminist book simply because you feel more like you are reading something designed to entertain. I was pretty much constantly giggling and the tone of her writing is just so natural you feel as if you are having a conversation with her rather than reading something she has written. Indeed in some parts she even writes out what she imagines the reader might be thinking and answers it. You can just imagine her sitting there talking to herself as she writes. Yet it is a feminist book. It talks about what you may call ‘little’ feminist issues- high heels, waxing, and the occasional bigger issue, but it makes it much easier to relate to things you encounter on a day to day basis, and are so easy to accept that they don’t even seem to be issues. But she’s right, who decided heels are a good idea? They’re stupid, they just kill your feet! Why is it attractive to have no hair?

Honestly you have to read this.



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Filed under Biography, Comedy, non-fiction review, Politics

22 responses to “How to Be Woman- Caitlin Moran

  1. I have had loads of people tell me I have to read this but then I have been slightly put off by it being a feminist book. Whilst I appreciate all the things feminists have done for us in the past, I find a lot of them just like making other women feel bad about themselves because we like pretty things or don’t act in the way they think we should. But then this doesn’t sound like that kind of book, so I might give it a go.


  2. Nice review….sounds good.
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  3. breieninpeking

    It is now on my wishlist! thank you for pointing out this book.


  4. Lucybird

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did


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  6. Lucybird

    It isn’t really. She talks about stuff that are little, and how it seems strange that things are expected, but she still does them


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