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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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    Erin 08-26-15
    Erin 08-26-15 Member Since 2014

    Something about yourself!

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    "Really Just the Smartest, Funniest Memoir Ever"
    If you could sum up How to Be a Woman in three words, what would they be?

    Better than Bossypants


    Any additional comments?

    I would rip this book out of someone's hands if I saw them with it and demand they listen to my copy instead. Reading it would be maybe 25% as good as hearing her tell it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    CurlyJan78 Indianapolis, IN, USA 01-11-17
    CurlyJan78 Indianapolis, IN, USA 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hard to listen to"

    I found that as I listened that I really can justify listening to ideals I don't believe in. I enjoyed the first half of the book that focused on the authors childhood. But a lot of her current ideals I can't listen to in good faith.

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    Amazon Customer 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious!"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy having a laugh at the silliness that being a woman is.


    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accent is wonderful. "E" strogen for example


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    Jenny 12-31-16
    Jenny 12-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely delightful"

    It seems a bit weird to describe this as delightful but it really was. I was delighted with Caitlin's approach to talking about feminism. My mother had been heavily involved in NOW in the US when the equal rights amendment was up for passage. So for me, the word feminism was used quite a bit in my house but I always dreaded telling this to new boyfriends when I was in college. Now I don't care and am really proud to consider myself a feminist as well as a daughter of one. And hearing Caitlin describe her take on all things female, including feminism, in a very direct and raw yet funny way was...well...delightful. I will definitely pick up another of her books. Thank you to the author for writing this. She is brilliant at laying out an issue and providing insightfully funny...and sometimes downright in your face...commentary.

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    Amy S MI, USA 12-07-16
    Amy S MI, USA 12-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "How to Be a 21st Century Woman"
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    I wish more women in America knew about Caitlin Moran. She is an upfront feminist who uses wit and humor to, often bluntly, cut to the heart of what it really does mean to be a woman. Not only do I recommend this book to almost every woman I know, it is one of the few books I really push people to listen to, not just read. Only Moran herself can capture the perfect blend of almost crass honesty and genuine excitement that makes her book so good.

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    Keisha 11-29-16
    Keisha 11-29-16
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    "LOVED THIS, SO FUN!"

    I really loved her life story and the way she explains the way she felt. I could identify with a lot. Caitlin is a character, a real great example of a woman. We have so many awesome ones out there, we all have something to give. She helps you realize this. Great story.

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    Kimberly 10-31-16
    Kimberly 10-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo!!"

    Caitlin is brilliant in this read! She manages to etch a notion into your brain, like a well trained engraver placing a sheath of lace onto a pistol handle! She's got a well thought out and descriptive way of bringing you into the storyline, as if you were there with her. Love it! Now, time to go read her newest book How to Build a Girl!

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    Eliza 09-28-16
    Eliza 09-28-16
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    "hilarious!"

    I've come back to this book a dozen times. It is superb. I keep laughing, and I keep learning a bit about myself every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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