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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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    My Earring Medford, OR, United States 05-16-13
    My Earring Medford, OR, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2010

    My earring has opinions... and so do I. Best audio books were discovered by following Audible reviewers. Please make reviews! Lots!

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    "Pumped me UP!"

    I loved the book! Caitlin has a delightful voice! I felt her love for me ... as a feminist. A woman who loves people ... both men and women. WE ROCK!

    Who can resist a memoir read by the the woman who remembers? I loved how she described the moment she realized she was in love ... and how her brother's body draped on the back of a couch, because there wasn't room elsewhere.

    My favorite moment ... Caitlin's childhood discovery of lust ...

    There was a chapter that seemed to be a rant about her world in pop-culture. I didn't relate. I don't focus a lot on Hollywood - except in weak moments checking out my groceries. I was disappointed that she didn't highlight some more strong women like Chelsea Clinton. There are more and more beautiful and strong women in our 'pop culture' to watch ... beyond music and fashion. Clearly, this one chapter inspired my desire to share what I just shared with you - with Caitlin. You will do. Don't usually have a STRONG desire to speak directly to the author, but I do with Caitlin. A compliment to her personal style. I connected...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Martira Brooklyn, NY 04-27-13
    Nancy Martira Brooklyn, NY 04-27-13 Member Since 2003

    Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.

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    "How to be Entertained"

    Caitlin Moran will join your roster of Fantasy Brunch League - earning a seat at the table between Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maria Bamford, Tig Notarto et al. A smart, funny read, Moran's chapter about abortion sneaks in, Trojan Horse style, to deliver a powerful punch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina 03-15-13
    Elaina 03-15-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just "OK""

    I really wanted to like this book as I heard several very funny interviews with Caitlin Moran before downloading the book. She is witty, a great writer and a fab narrator. (You can't say that about all authors!) I found the second half of the book to be better than the first. I enjoyed hearing about her family and upbringing, but got bored (and was not interested in) hearing about when she started her period, first had sex, etc. There are some predictable parts, that I wish were left out, as feminism lit. has beaten these topics to death. The second half of the book was better. Overall, it was ok, but not a home run.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Starr Morris Plains, NJ United States 03-14-13
    Steven Starr Morris Plains, NJ United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best thing I've listened to on Audible"

    I REALLY liked this. Moran is an extremely entertaining narrator, and I so much liked what she had to say about the virtues of strident feminism that I've been nagging my 19 year old daughter to listen to it, and have at last met with success! Anyway, there were a lot of British cultural and celebrity references that I just didn't get, so I bought the paperback to help me resolve them. After I do, I'm going to return to this and listen to it again!

    This audiobook just edges out Samantha Bee's "I know I am but what are you?" and Wendy Spero's "Microthrills".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Cole 02-06-13
    E. Cole 02-06-13

    Lisa Lamb

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    "Funny and thought-provoking"

    While the memoir portion of the book was hysterical, heartbreaking and a truly enjoyable read, it was the way she wove in her views on feminism in the modern world which had me looking both inwards and outwards. Her no-nonsense approach to what women deal with and that we cannot choose to sit on the sidelines. That it is our choice to step into our own lives and live it. A great read for any woman and if the men can get through the squeamish bits I think they'd learn a great deal also. Way to go Cailin!

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    Tina United States 02-02-13
    Tina United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hysterically funny and deliciously vulgar."

    Caitlin Moran is my new favorite person in the world!
    She narrates the story well and is very fun to listen to.

    It does have it's serious moments especially the chapter on abortion. Some listeners will be bothered by her views on abortion, childbirth and mothering, but I appreciate that she does not pull any punches and states exactly how she feels. Caitlin makes it clear that being a mother, is not a prerequisite for being a successful woman.

    These subjects are only a fraction of the book; she covers many other things, like: how to dress like a woman, how to shave like a woman, how to name your breasts, how to recognize sexism, how to be in love, how to get married and how to choose role models.

    It is really not so much a "how to" book but more "how not to". If it's a "how to" anything, it's how to be comfortable with who you already are and stop trying to be an impossible, ridiculous version of what society thinks you should be.

    I think it is a "must listen" for all women, especially young women.

    If, like me, you already think like Caitlin, you may not gain a new view of the world but you will gain additional insight, and you will be thoroughly entertained!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C L Towle California, USA 01-09-13
    C L Towle California, USA 01-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to How to Be a Woman again? Why?

    This is so much funnier than the book because you get to hear the British author read it.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    She is very funny!


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

    It would be a strange movie - they would really have to change it hugely.


    0 of 0 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 Member Since 2012
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    courtney 12-28-12
    courtney 12-28-12
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    "Pretty good book"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    I really love hearing a book that the author takes the time to narrate herself.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job.


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

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard about Caitlin Moran in the past but am a memoir junkie. This was a great surprise. She's very unique and has some fantastic stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Washington, DC, United States 12-24-12
    Helena Washington, DC, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Badass feminist comedian will blow your socks off"
    Would you listen to How to Be a Woman again? Why?

    I've already started to listen to it again, it is hilarious!


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

    SO MUCH. Because it's a history of her life and her relationship with feminism, she brings all the characters to life in a way that feels both true and funny.


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

    hell yeah


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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