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How To Be a Woman [Paperback]

Caitlin Moran
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012

It's a good 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 we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940744
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (650 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I adore, admire and - more - am addicted to Caitin Moran's writing" (Nigella Lawson)

"I have been waiting for this book my whole life" (Claudia Winkleman)

"This might just be the funniest intelligent book ever written .. Moran's work packs a feminist punch in a way that Germaine Greer and an entire army of female eunuchs could never do, because she writes about things we've all done, thought, and said - but not quite so eloquently...the book everyone will be talking about" (Stylist)

"Moran's writing sparkles with wit and warmth. Like the confidences of your smartest friend" (Simon Pegg)

"It would almost be unkind to call this an important book, because what it mostly is is engaging, brave and consistently, cleverly naughtily funny, but actually it is important that we talk about this stuff" (Katy Guest Independent on Sunday)

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A new way to look at feminism from Caitlin Moran, one of our funniest writers

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255 of 268 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for women under 30 14 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
...which I'm not, you understand. I've a decade on Caitin and grew up with the feminist debate raging about mine ears. For a while now I've been sighing heavily at how it seemed to have fallen off the cultural radar - no one seemed to be talking about it any more, let alone calling themselves a feminist. And now here's Ms Moran, putting the debate about what it means to be a woman in the 21st century not just back on the agenda, but in the non-fiction top 10. Hoo-blooming-ray! Look, there's heaps about this book that's annoying. The incessant CAPITAL LETTERS. The surfeit of screamers. Initially I felt like I was being shouted at, that the jokes weren't all funny, and this was a memoir masquerading as polemic. But unlike other reviewers who thought it petered out, I warmed to How to Be a Woman hugely. The writing seemed to calm down, become less personal, more thoughtful. So by the end I was converted. I've just been to buy a copy for my teenage goddaughter. She told me her ambition was to 'get married and go to parties' (presumably not in that order). So I hiked her by her beautiful long hair to the nearest bookshop and thrust a copy into her perfectly manicured hand. 'Read this,' I said. 'It's funny'. She may not agree with all or even any of it. But I think she's much more likely to actually read it than Germaine Greer or Simone de Beauvoir, and if it makes her think - just a bit - then I'll be pleased. And if she gains just a smidge more ambition, I'll be cockahoop. So if you've never read a book on feminism, read this one. And if you've read a few, read it too. It's contemporary, strident and wise. You'll also have a laugh, and crikey, there are a lot worse ways to spend your time.
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439 of 481 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well................... 30 July 2011
By Al
Format:Paperback
I'm giving this book 3 stars as an average based on the fact that at the beginning I thought I would be giving it 5 but by the end I wanted to give it just 1.

My girlfriend has been asking me to read this book for a while (for the record I am male but like to think I am as liberal as they come). Eventually I acquiesced and started reading with few expectations (I had never heard of Caitlin Moran before I picked this up). I thought the prologue was great. It was genuinely funny (even made me laugh out loud a couple of times which almost never happens), well written, and engaging. The next few chapters were just good, though I felt like it could have done with some ruthless editing of the bits that weren't quite so funny or poignant to make it great. But towards the middle of the book things started to go downhill, pretty steeply.

One of the problems with the book is that the author talks as if everything is black or white, gloriously righteous or disgustingly evil. In the beginning when she is talking about obvious things (woman should have the same opportunities as men, etc..) this is fine. It's when she gets into more debatable arguments (strip clubs= evil, burlesque shows + pole dancing lessons= fantastic), even about things that I agree on (e.g. pro-choice, aethiesm) that this starts to grate. She treats the idea that any opinion other than her own could have any validity with contempt and doesn't really put forward any cogent arguments for her reasoning (but basically devolves into semi-coherent rants over and over again- and this is coming from someone who actually agrees with the broad points she is making!!).

She talks in sweeping generalizations and sometimes contradicts herself.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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I was deeply, deeply unimpressed by this book. I think the main problem is it continually being touted as 'the next wave of feminism' or as some kind of modern feminist keystone, rather than what it actually is: a rather unexciting memoir interspersed with lots of "I am right listen to me CAPS LOCK" rants. If I'd expected the latter, maybe I wouldn't have felt so totally let down. Honestly, the only reason I finished the darn thing was so I could write a fully informed review explaining how much I disliked it, and why.

Firstly, the structure of the book is haphazard at best. It starts off fairly well, but once Moran moves from a fairly straightforward autobiographical account of her childhood, any sort of attempt at structure falls to pieces. It's a pretty disorganised bunch of vaguely-related anecdotes and angry rants. To be fair, it's probably quite difficult to write a part-autobiography-part-faux-feminist-manifesto and keep a good structure, and maybe I could have overlooked it if the content was good. But it wasn't.

I hate the way Moran presents her opinions. (Note: I don't necessarily hate the opinions themselves., but the presentation drives me crazy.) It's full of contradictions and dogma. She likes to tell you exactly what is ok, and exactly what is not. There isn't much middle ground. Just because HER wedding was a disaster and a waste of money, she tells you NOT to have a wedding. Right. It couldn't possibly be that her wedding didn't suit her and her husband's personal taste and needs, it is the case that weddings are stupid and you shouldn't have one. Strip clubs are WRONG. Burlesque is RIGHT. Katie Price is WRONG. Lady Gaga is RIGHT. Heels are WRONG. Leopard print is RIGHT.

... You get the idea. She contradicts herself constantly (eg.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
recently became a fan of Caitlin and thought id give her book a go. i found it intriguing and funny and most importantly, a vital read for every woman.
Published 5 days ago by Dee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I had really high expectations for this book, and although it's ok and has a couple of very good insights (especially in the introduction, that sets a tone than later in the book... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nan
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous nonsense.
Just to confirm a pick of descriptions from previous reviewers - all totally true;

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Published 9 days ago by Mburo
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time and great read
I laughed out loud at many of the stories in this book and even recommended it to my friends. Most of them enjoyed it too. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lilyband
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a Woman
How to be a Woman is a book that every woman should read. it is well written. it makes you laugh, and makes you read it very quick. Read more
Published 14 days ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
hilarious and witty, I couldn't put it down made me laugh and identified with most of it! worth a read!
Published 16 days ago by tquinn
2.0 out of 5 stars Up and down
Good in places, lamentable in others. A better title might be 'how to be a fairly conceited woman.' The author can be funny at times but thinks a fairly humdrum journalistic career... Read more
Published 21 days ago by R. O'neill
5.0 out of 5 stars ....
This book has changed my life. A fantastic introduction to feminist literature. I now understand what it is to be a woman and to be feminist. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lauren Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Caitlin for Prime Minister!
I adore Caitlin Moran; she is funny, honest, silly, clever and not afraid to be herself. I love all her writing but especially this book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by A. M. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny. Laugh out loud.
Extremely funny. Read it once a year or so again and then noticed someone reading it on the train laughing out loud and so I thought I would read it again. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Mrs Teresa M H Farrar
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