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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

how to be a woman

There’s never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain…Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.

I read How To Be a Woman before Christmas and really enjoyed it.  Caitlin Moran is completely irreverent and absolutely hilarious.  There were many times reading this book - especially at the beginning - when I laughed out loud while reading in a public place.  Moran tackles all the typical female and feminist topics with her own personal spin.  While her feminist insights aren't completely groundbreaking, I believe her readable style and accessibility is.  Though Moran's vulgar and considers no topic off limits, I've still recommended her book to lots of friends and even bought a copy for my mom because I thought it was that important of a read.  Feminist and gender studies majors might not consider her book to be worthwhile, but I think it might be exactly what the feminist movement needs right now - someone fresh and humble and humorous. 

If you've read her book, I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts! 

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