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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 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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    Mae Mathis 05-29-16
    Mae Mathis 05-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read it, read it now!"

    So, so good! If you've ever struggled to put into words what it's like to be a woman this is the hilarious succinct book of your dreams.

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    Adam 05-12-16
    Adam 05-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Invaluable presentation of modern female struggles"

    It's a must read for every man out there. Do everyone a favour: understanding this.

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    Deborah Knowles 05-05-16

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    "Surprisingly yet sadly funny"

    Modern humorous perspective on feminism. Different from more angsty messages, yet thought provoking and compelling.

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    Amazon Customer 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Refreshing and Hilarious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Woman to be better than the print version?

    I think listening to the audio version added to the book because you could hear the accent that Caitlin Moran wrote the book with. Sometimes when a writer has a different accent than the reader, the word choices don't completely make sense because different areas of the world use different sayings and slang.


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

    Caitlin Moran is very frank and gets into some really personal areas of her life. Some of these areas can be very cringe worthy but she handles them with humor and understanding that not everyone will agree with her.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    I like that her passion comes through in her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are easily offended or have trouble with slang and curse words, this book is not for you. If you like it when people give it to you straight and are really honest about hard topics, you will get a lot of use out of this book.

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    Yaraseth 04-21-16
    Yaraseth 04-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Crazy,Wild and upfront"

    This is a book with strong opinions the author has no fear to speak her mind. Really enjoyed it !

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    Terry Smith Seattle 04-21-16
    Terry Smith Seattle 04-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite book"

    I loved this book. It had me in tears, laughing. The message resonated deeply, and story told artfully.

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