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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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    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 02-17-15
    Laura Markham, ON, Canada 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very funny book. Sort of un-funny narration."

    I actually had the hard copy of this book and had read some of it already, but lacking the time to finish the hard copy, I got lazy and started listening to it.

    Maybe I had higher hopes for the narration. The hard copy book made me laugh out loud. Caitlyn Moran however, can't deliver her own jokes. Her voice falls towards the end of her sentences and when the timing needs to be seized for the punchline, she misses it.

    GREAT book however. We were raised in the same decade in the UK so many of the references were hilariously familiar. I also have peed standing up at Glastonbury, in a maxi dress.

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    Jennifer Hayes 02-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "So awesome"

    Caitlin is amazing. Not much more to be said. If you're a woman, like women, or even just know some women, you should probably listen to this. It's awesome.

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    Christen 02-05-15
    Christen 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A real honest, inspiring outlook on the world!"

    I think this book was just perfect, especially being a woman quickly approaching my 30's I could laugh right along with the author as she read of her inner most fears, the expectations the modern world has placed on her, and laugh about all the horrible stereotypes and sexist cultural norms there are for women! The character in the authors voice As she read on was mesmerizing and I encourage every person who gives a damn about women to read this book, or listen to the author read it to you!

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    Sarah 02-04-15
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    "Funny!"

    Amazing and honest balaced reflection of the good and bad things about being a woman.

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    Alexandra 01-30-15
    Alexandra 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Laugh out loud and thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed it and made me laugh out loud in public on several occasions. May be difficult for non-Brits to understand her accent (when referring to earlier years) and many of the references.
    I found her views on many topics incredibly insightful, and even if I didn't agree with some of her views I thought she presented these well.

    Most memorable moments for me was her recalling stories of sexism at work which she and others experienced (which wasn't considered as sexism at the time). As a 26 year old female, and relatively new to the workforce, I could never imagine those things occurring, and so recently!
    Her views and comments about the constantly evolving standards of feminine beauty and views on porn made me laugh out loud. But she also pointed out trends which I have been affected by but had not paid much attention to.

    Overall summary: thought provoking in a very fun way.

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    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 01-21-15
    Amazon Customer Auckland, New Zealand 01-21-15 Member Since 2011

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    "brilliant"

    loved it! will read it again, best book on feminism I've ever read. actually one of the best books ever!

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    Holleay 01-09-15
    Holleay 01-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved every second!"

    I rate this up there with Bossy Pants and Yes, Please! A great listen! Very compelling! Buy it, today! Wahoo!

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    Emma 09-06-14
    Emma 09-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Modern Feminism 101"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Woman the most enjoyable?

    Caitlin's own voice adds authenticity to the incredibly personal storytelling. Anyone else narrating, and it would have sounded very weird.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mixture of hilarious anecdotes, rampant (strident) feminism and heartbreakingly relatable experience-sharing.


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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 05-12-14
    Sandy 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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