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How to Be a Woman Audiobook

How to Be a Woman

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jessa South Burlington, VT, United States 01-07-13
    Jessa South Burlington, VT, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I think I've just had some sexism at me!"
    What would have made How to Be a Woman better?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Caitlin Moran’s story?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Be a Woman?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Every person, man and woman, should read this book."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Awesome"

    No sugar coating. Moran really lays out how being a woman is horrifying and beautiful

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    rebecca 08-02-16
    rebecca 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite Book of All Time"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Hila 07-20-16
    Hila 07-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny and insightful"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 07-20-16
    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book changed my life."
    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    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.


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    Dorothy Lamb Dallas Texas 07-08-16
    Dorothy Lamb Dallas Texas 07-08-16 Member Since 2014

    I love classics and non-fiction!

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    "Just horrible."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The kind of book I'll make sure my daughter reads"

    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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    Naomi 06-17-16
    Naomi 06-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as I expected"

    Coarse and vulgar. I couldn't listen to all of it because I found it distasteful."

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    Catherine 06-13-16
    Catherine 06-13-16
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    "Great read!!"

    Funny and entertaining, it turns out it is more or less an autobiographical account of the author's experience of being a woman. Overall a great read.

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