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
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.
I enjoy having a laugh at the silliness that being a woman is.
Her accent is wonderful. "E" strogen for example
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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