How to be a Woman – book review


Caitlin Moran


How To Be A Woman

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading this book, I can proudly say that I am a Strident Feminist. Caitlin Moran takes the term feminist back from the man haters and makes feminism sound a bit sexy. She disapproves of Brazilians (not the people from South America, mind you) and thinks Burlesque is a powerful female art form. She eschews kitten heels and “investment” handbags and offers an antidote to the messages woman’s magazines have been bombarding us with for decades using the very sensible argument that men don’t give a who if your legs look longer in 5 inch heels, they are more worried about having to carry you to the taxi queue.

She makes it easy to figure out if there is some sexism going on. Just ask yourself, are the men doing it? If the answer is no then maybe women should give it another thought. Crazy high heels, burkas, lower pay for the same job, Brazilians, Botox, thongs, etc. Are the men doing it? No, they are not. Moran is pro: big pants, no wax zones, sensible shoes, cheap handbags, natural decay, motherhood or not, and all things that are women friendly. Those are all things I can heartily support and I loved hearing it straight from her mouth with her Wolverhampton accent.
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“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”

“I have a rule of thumb that allows me to judge, when time is pressing and one needs to make a snap judgment, whether or not some sexist bullshit is afoot. Obviously, it’s not 100% infallible but by and large it definitely points you in the right direction and it’s asking this question; are the men doing it?

Are the men worrying about this as well? Is this taking up the men’s time? Are the men told not to do this, as it’s letting the side down? Are the men having to write bloody books about this exasperating retarded, time-wasting, bullshit? Is this making Jeremy Clarkson feel insecure?

Almost always the answer is no. The boys are not being told they have to be a certain way, they are just getting on with stuff.”
― Caitlin MoranHow to Be a Woman

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