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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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    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Minneapolis, MN United States 11-19-13
    Melanie Minneapolis, MN United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious"
    What does Caitlin Moran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice. The stories she tells and the new wave of feminism she is proclaiming somehow becomes even more meaningful and hilarious at the same time with her tone and perfectly timed exclamations. The British accent doesn't hurt when hearing why she prefers to call her breasts "tits" and why women should stop shaving their "muffs."


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Caitlin Moran is my new hero.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jana K. 09-25-17
    Jana K. 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Why?"

    Why do I have to obscure, rude and behave like a dumb dude to be a woman?
    Seriously, I wish there was return policy!
    I would probably describe this as 'yikes '.

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    Carole McClosky 09-12-17
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    "What a treat"

    Haven't laughed so much in ages. Enjoyed the author so much I am now checking out her tv series, "raised by wolves." Still laughing. This is an author worth keeping track of.

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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-05-17
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-05-17 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "Honestly endearing, hilarious and provocative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How to Be a Woman to be better than the print version?

    With memoirs, I always think so. I like hearing the authors read their life stories.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The fact that every girl and woman should listen and read this book and others like it. Very necessary discussions about what it means to be a woman in today's world.


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

    Her vocal characterizations and her accent.


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

    No. I liked looking forward to listening on the way to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that 99% of Caitlin's beliefs and observations are in concurrence with mine, although I didn't like her stating that women have not achieved the same level of success throughout history as men. Maybe I missed the point, but it all depends on perception and projection. Notwithstanding the fact that, throughout history, women have been subjugated etc, many male achievements in society and so on have been arguably negative and harmful. It all depends on the value added. Some achievements have been life changing and good for the planet and the beings living on it. That doesn't mean that being a woman automatically makes you and your achievements good. If you delve into the history of women, you'll find a lot of brilliant minds, creative souls and fearless warriors. Maybe not as many as men, but that doesn't automatically mean that women are inferior.

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    Christopher 07-28-17
    Christopher 07-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful for women...now men listen."

    I loved it, Caitlin is lovely to listen too and the book is so true!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Wade 07-18-17
    B. Wade 07-18-17 Member Since 2016

    B.Dub

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    "Yes!"

    Upon turning 30 o found this book on a list to read before turning 30. I think it was the perfect age for me, I don't think I would have connected to as much of it as I have. The author reading the book made it that much more memorable! I will read it over and over!

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    Career mom Decatur, GA, USA 07-12-17
    Career mom Decatur, GA, USA 07-12-17 Member Since 2016

    Mommy from Georgia

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    "Awful"

    Story lacks direction. It also lacks good taste. Incredibly crass. Cringe worthy. Rarely funny. Entirely gross.

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    06-28-17
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    "How to NOT be a woman"

    Hate that I got one free download and I went off someone else's recommend and picked this one. Raw, raunchy and over the top attempts at shock value on topics that could be addressed without the potty mouth. If that's what you need for entertainment this is the book for you. Not so much for me. I can cuss and throw a fit and drop f bombs with the best of them...when I'm being a trashy woman.

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    Sandy 05-25-17
    Sandy 05-25-17
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    "Man! You feel like a woman."

    Women empowerment! Women shouldn't be stereotyped but allowed to blossom as unique and individualist. Moran does a good job in representing and promoting and being a feminist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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