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
The beginning of the book was wonderful. All cheery and embarrassing stories from her childhood and youth mixed in with some life lessons that she picked up the hard way. Then once we reach her early adulthood the book becomes more of a complaint about everything she doesn't like. Instead of spending six hours ranting about strip clubs, high heels, and how generally awful men are, maybe continue with the personal aspect of the story rather than aim your megaphone at anyone or thing you don't personally enjoy.
The huge cliff it dropped off in the second half. The book was wonderful and funny in the beginning, but about halfway through it turned into one sexist and stereotyping rant after the other.
The second half would have been rewritten so as not to come off as isolating all possible readers who occasionally do feminine things and don't whole themselves off in a closet doing angsty things late into their 20s.
I can't say enough that I LOVED the first half, but being a woman who occassionally likes a pair of high heels, and does someday want to enjoy her wedding, and doesn't think that strip clubs and burlesque are all that different...we had some differences that in the end were irreconcilable.
Fantastic book, and even better to listen to because the Author narrates. This book was very funny, there is one sad part about abortion, and makes a lot of valid points. I'm going to buy the Author's other book after reading this one. I would recommend this to everyone.
The author reads this book to you, making this a unique Audible experience. Moran has an incredible accent and her humor really makes this a special listen. For any feminist (or self-described non-feminist) out there, you NEED to read this book. It is funny, a little bit dirty, and spot-on. I want Moran as my best friend.
Caitlin Moran really succeeds in making you see the social abnormalities that are so common in a woman's life that we became blind to them. Makes us, the fish, really see the water.
Unfortunately, it was still a heavy listening
Caitlin Moran is the kind of kook I'd want around all the time. Her hilarious enthusiasm and unpretentious, thoughtful take on being a woman are inspiring.
I recommend this book often, and if someone's stuck in the car with me, I play it for them.
Both the humor and the substance of this book win. It can be broken into bits or consumed in one go. Caitlin Moran presents anecdotal and empirical evidence to clarify her ideas. The points she makes, whether on topics as charged as abortion, or as funny as pubic hair, are clear and logical. I remember feeling intense relief at hearing this woman's insights into the joys and dilemmas faced by women. She empowered me to be more confident, well-informed, and comfortable in my own skin.
I love classics and non-fiction!
Not even remotely humorous. Mostly BAD British observations that just aren't funny. I gave up after about an hour listening in the car. Then I skipped around forward trying to find anything worth listening to. I really wanted to like this book and waited for a nice long drive to fully enjoy it. Awfully disappointing overall.
I don't agree with some extreme stances taken here, but particularly love the chapters on having or not having children and abortion.
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