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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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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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    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 07-30-14
    Rachel YAKIMA, WA, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.

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    "I wanted to like this more than I did"

    After the first half hour I really wanted to like this a lot. I was ready for a rockin' hilarious feminist jaunt. It almost was, I guess.
    Some parts were really funny. I generally agree with Moran about life and stuff. I'm not a big fan of listening to lots of graphic talk about masturbation and the first two or three chapters felt like a forever of, well, I don't know if Audible edits language in these reviews, so I'll leave the actual words unsaid.

    General warning for listeners: NSFW or for listening around kids.

    I certainly liked Moran more as a mom than as a teenager in this book. I'd be curious to know more about her working life between those two stages. I think her other book or books might focus more on that time in her life.

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    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14
    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious, touching, wonderful!"
    Where does How to Be a Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened too. Narrated by the author it tells the story of her life and her own brilliant brand of feminism. It is intelligent, fascinating, thought provoking, bawdy and bloody hysterical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caitlin Moran! Because DUH!


    If you could give How to Be a Woman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to be a thinking human.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of it might be a bit tricky if you don't understand British accents, sense of humour or culture but be brave and try it anyway.

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    Sandy CLACKAMAS, OR, United States 05-12-14
    Sandy CLACKAMAS, OR, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "way too long"
    What disappointed you about How to Be a Woman?

    At first it was amusing with a couple of laugh out loud moments but after awhile it just became her views on everything.. blah blah blah, i could not finish, finally got tired of hearing her voice.


    Has How to Be a Woman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has not turned me off this genre, I am open to other books like this


    What didn’t you like about Caitlin Moran’s performance?

    Too long, it might have gotten better, I was waiting for it to end and it never did. So I did.


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    Mambocoder Florida 04-14-14
    Mambocoder Florida 04-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Poignant and Hysterical! But not for the prudish"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    All of it


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

    Talking about vaginas and what she and her husband were trying to figure out about referencing her daughters vagina after cleaning a particularly messy diaper. The whole thing is very funny and right in so many ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SO many. I couldn't even count them. When she was first talking about bras and panties, I had to pull the car over I was laughing so hard.


    If you could give How to Be a Woman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    the UK's gone mad


    Any additional comments?

    The author reads this one and her performance made it even better. There are a few words I had to look up as the author is British and uses some phrases that are not standard in teh US. Loved the story, the narrator and the quality of the production. I would love to see more by this author- writing and narrating preferably.

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    Jessica Bahr Madison, WI 12-02-13
    Jessica Bahr Madison, WI 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read!"
    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    The author, who narrates the book, does not just tell the story of her life but offers lessons learned the read can take away.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is amazing.


    If you could give How to Be a Woman a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The book you wish you had when puberty hit.


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    Katherine Berlin, VT, United States 10-21-13
    Katherine Berlin, VT, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone younger, perhaps british


    What could Caitlin Moran have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    read or written more clearly


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had difficulty with the british accent


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

    I didn't listen to the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Bishop, CA, United States 10-08-13
    Jessica Bishop, CA, United States 10-08-13
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    When i bought this book i had no idea it was book on feminism, but i am glad i continued with the book because she made excellent points about feminism and made it current and rel-eatable to women of this time. i never felt like she was preachy or trying to force her view on me, also she never bashed men or came off as a man hater.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The auother was my favorite i enjoyed listening to her opinion and her life stories


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    I loved her performance she was very engaging like you were sitting with her in her house having a chat.


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

    Yes. i go on long walk 2 hours at a time and every time my walk ended i wasnt ready to stop listening to the audiobook


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Émilie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-22-13
    Émilie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A skilled way to bring sensitive topics forward!"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    Moran has the hability to dedramatize sensitive issues - which is positive! It was my first experience listening to an audiobook, and walking around while listening to her made me feel like I had a really cool friend telling me her really interesting story with lots of jokes and important points. I definately recognized myself in a lot of what she talked about and enjoyed how she gave a warm human dimension to everything she said. Yes, there are a bunch of swear words *everywhere*, but really, they're part of the performance! I'd absolutely recommand that book to a friend.


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

    I like the chapter about strip clubs. It gave me a new perspective on them.


    Have you listened to any of Caitlin Moran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time for me.


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

    Too much information... in a good way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 07-11-13
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I think I'm not a British humor fan"

    Caitlin Moran brought up some very provocative (meant both ways) concepts in her book that would promote interesting discussion with the right group. Being a humorist, I expected Moran to make me laugh out loud, but I did not. I am giving her the benefit of the doubt in that I think I just don't jibe well with British humor. This is a very feminist work, though Moran would eschew this label.

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    Lincoln Florida 06-12-13
    Lincoln Florida 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A MUST READ for any woman over 30"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Woman to be better than the print version?

    I dont know I didnt read the print version


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the boldfaced HONESTY. And the quirky humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her chapters about various feminine issues like underware, fashion and abortion. Laugh out loud moments like "I am Pro big panties" and her honest description of her abortion decision and experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her honest description of her abortion decision and experience. So many women don't have the courage to talk about this issue from their own real experience.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't need to be a feminist to read this book...but it is HONEST with a capital H. I love the frank discussion on every topic from motherhood, weight and self image, masturbation and sexuality, etc. She leaves no stone unturned with her views on all things that challenge the modern woman.

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