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How to Be a Woman | [Caitlin Moran]

How to Be a Woman

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 adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.
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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 children - 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.

©2011 Caitlin Moran (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 11-05-12
    L. Calder Fort Bragg, California USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2004

    Gardening Geek

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    "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"

    Usually I can't get through a book of comical columns. This is the rare exception. Caitlin touches on EVERYTHING a woman has ever grappled with, but rarely will bring up, even to her best friend. With every topic, with relentless British humor, she brings you to a place of seeing the most common of things totally differently. From Brazilian waxes to high heels to childbirth to one of the funniest, most astute pieces on relationships I've ever read, she irreverently tears the conventional, cultural norms to shreds and offers up a lucid, common sense look at things we too often inanely follow like lemmings.

    While walking along the Pacific, listening to How To Be A Woman, a friend rode up on her bike. She's the same age as me, 59, has a successful business and who ran so much, prepping for a marathon to impress her kids, that she got plantar fasciitis. That was two months ago and she can still not walk far, never mind run. She breathlessly, sweating profusely, related how she goes to spin class three times a week, swims every day she can, and bikes umpteen miles to LOSE WEIGHT. This woman was, before she stated all this marathon training, MUCH THINNER THAN ME (and I'm a person whom no one considers fat, ok, except me,) and married to a guy who adores her no matter what she weighs. Having been quite happy race walking in the sunshine by the sea, I would have instantly switched to feeling like a clumsy elephant if it weren't for this book, to which I was listening. Caitlin is my heroine. She brings the insanity women just take for granted front and center and kept making me say to myself, "Well, of course!"

    This book also provoked numerous discussions with friends and family; the most amazing conversations about subjects we'd never touched before. This is such a mind opening book, so informative, while causing one to constantly laugh out loud (which is no simple feat for a book.)

    The first chapter is deceptive and Caitlin, stand up comedian she is, can be a bit loud. But stick with it, please, and then laugh your head off and, if you're a woman, be prepared to feel far more secure in your own sneakers than you did at the start. If you're a man, be prepared to actually start to understand those female enigmas around you. And no matter who you are, you will, without a doubt, look at everything around you in a whole new light.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 04-24-13
    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 04-24-13
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    "Listend twice I loved so much"

    This is a must read for every woman out there. I think it would help many a girl to relax and not take them selves so seriously.

    Caitlin lays it on the line just how crazy the world has become and what we woman do to try and fit in as normal.

    I have already listened to this book twice since I got it in January and I am sure will pull it out every couple of years to listen again to help remind me that I don't have to fit into what the world calls norm to be a women. I am a woman 100% no matter how little or how much effort I put into my appearance and if others don't like it then who cares.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    smfilon LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-27-12
    smfilon LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything Feminism Should Be"

    Smart, confident, funny and well-crafted. Moran pulls no punches when discussing the hardest choices women make, everything from abortion to what to call one's private parts. The modern handbook for feminsim.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13
    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just "OK""

    I really wanted to like this book as I heard several very funny interviews with Caitlin Moran before downloading the book. She is witty, a great writer and a fab narrator. (You can't say that about all authors!) I found the second half of the book to be better than the first. I enjoyed hearing about her family and upbringing, but got bored (and was not interested in) hearing about when she started her period, first had sex, etc. There are some predictable parts, that I wish were left out, as feminism lit. has beaten these topics to death. The second half of the book was better. Overall, it was ok, but not a home run.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie United States 01-22-14
    Julie United States 01-22-14
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    "Hopeful, hilarious look at feminism and femininity"
    Where does How to Be a Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been my favorite audiobook. Caitlin's delivery makes her words that much more relatable and funny. There were many times I didn't want to leave the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read many feminist texts, but this is the first that actually gave me hope about the fate of feminism and women in general. She balances the hysterical with the poignant and moving, and makes some truly excellent points in ways I've not heard before. There is something for everyone here.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    Caitlin's voice is such a part of her writing that hearing her read it makes it so much more effective.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Not for grandma, unless your grandma enjoys shocking vulgarity."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie MARIANNA, AR, United States 11-19-13
    Melanie MARIANNA, AR, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilarious"
    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice. The stories she tells and the new wave of feminism she is proclaiming somehow becomes even more meaningful and hilarious at the same time with her tone and perfectly timed exclamations. The British accent doesn't hurt when hearing why she prefers to call her breasts "tits" and why women should stop shaving their "muffs."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Caitlin Moran is my new hero.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-04-13
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-04-13
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    "Great performance of a great book"
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    This is an instant all-time favorite. It's a philosophy primer that’s hilarious — not an easy feat to pull off, especially if you don’t dilute the philosophy. This is a great book for everyone who thought they might be a feminist. It explains everything that defines being a woman these days. She’s not afraid to call out her heroes for stupid comments (Germaine Greer). The personal anecdotes are priceless. A co-worker and I email mail sentences back and forth and crack each other up. The narration is spot-on; Moran's performance comes off as almost a standup concert.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Beverly hills, CA, United States 04-14-13
    Amber Beverly hills, CA, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable rant - but glad it's over!"
    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this audiobook (read by the author) is kinda like being holed up against the wall in the women's bathroom and ranted at, for hours, by an undeniably intelligent, funny (and half drunk) Caitlin Moran.

    I mean that in the nicest possible way. The experience is a delight - I laughed out loud on numerous occasions - but there is also a vague discomfort. Of wishing like she'd stop talking for long enough to give me a chance to make a hasty exit and rejoin my friends at the bar.

    Great fun. Not recommended for public transport. It was clear to me, from the looks I received from fellow commuters, that they could hear her repeatedly shouting 'VAGINA' through my headphones.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christine CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 12-06-12
    Christine CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 12-06-12

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    "Beyond happy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Woman to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be a Woman?

    Just about any sentence was memorable. Caitlin is a absolutely hilarious and insightful woman.


    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Most definitely.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it in my car and there were times I would park at my destination and just sit there so I could listen to a little bit more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't get this book you are definitely missing out on a great piece of literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 09-06-14
    Emma 09-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Modern Feminism 101"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    Caitlin's own voice adds authenticity to the incredibly personal storytelling. Anyone else narrating, and it would have sounded very weird.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mixture of hilarious anecdotes, rampant (strident) feminism and heartbreakingly relatable experience-sharing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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