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How to Be a Woman Audiobook

How to Be a Woman

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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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    Berta 07-03-15
    Berta 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, too loud"

    Great book, interesting and very funny.
    Caitlin reads it with flare but it gets too loud at certain points, with her shouting certain parts. While it was funny and enjoyable, I constantly had to change the volume of my device so as not to get a pierced eardrum. Be aware of this if you listen with earphones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessa South Burlington, VT, United States 01-07-13
    Jessa South Burlington, VT, United States 01-07-13
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    sandifilip 04-23-17
    sandifilip 04-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't listen to it"

    I listened to a little and decided it was not interesting to me! Thank you.

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    Adam Jaffe 04-06-17
    Adam Jaffe 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    I loved this book! Hilarious, truthful and gritty realism. Definitely a must read for everyone.

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    margaret magnolia, TX, United States 03-31-17
    margaret magnolia, TX, United States 03-31-17
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    "The single most important book in my life."

    Moran is soul-shakingly witty and kind, her observance on the world around her is humbling.

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    Book Tiger Baltimore, MD United States 03-27-17
    Book Tiger Baltimore, MD United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Laugh out loud funny and provocative writing"

    I loved it. I am annoyed none of my friends told me to listen to it sooner. Moran is the mentor or girlfriend you wish you had, not to mention the type of writer one should aspire to become.

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    Elizabeth boggs 03-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing and a MUST for all"

    My favorite book in years. I pissed my pants, literally from listening to this book.

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    Roy LeNeave 03-05-17
    Roy LeNeave 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "funny take on describing some ordeals of women"

    she is describing her life but the content is relatable to most women. struggled to understand sone parts due to accent, had to rewind and listen once again.

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    Malgorzata Kaczmarska Toronto, ON 02-19-17
    Malgorzata Kaczmarska Toronto, ON 02-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Every feminist should read this!"

    Not sure if you're a feminist - read this book. It's witty, it's straight to the point, there's no beating around the bush! Read by the author herself makes it even better. I recommended it to ALL my female friends. Loved it!

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    Allison Lacko 01-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious and insightful"

    Caitlin Moran will make you laugh at loud and think deeply about every part of being viewed as a woman, from heels to abortion, and how you ultimately identify as a human

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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