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How To Be a Woman [Paperback]

Caitlin Moran
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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: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (769 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675 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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285 of 301 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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480 of 524 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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102 of 114 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Damn the Patriarchy!
I went into this book with very mixed opinions. On the one hand, I had my dad’s birthday present from his work and got told to buy him some books, and maybe one for myself, I had... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Miss A G Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Every woman over the age of 16 should read this book RIGHT NOW!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I bought this when friend recommended it but i wouldnt say its my cup of tea....arrived promptly
Published 7 days ago by Saarah
1.0 out of 5 stars She seems to think obsessively about sex, body image ...
She seems to think obsessively about sex, body image and talking about the way city women would behave. I found the book ended up a bore. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Janice Willsher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good book! Buy it, you will love it. laugh out loud funny,so true!
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Published 12 days ago by S J Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Riotous and magnificent
Hilarious, uplifting and exceptionally important. Every girl (and guy) should read t by us, learn from it, and laugh. Out loud. For ages.
Published 13 days ago by Hayley
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Brill book
Published 14 days ago by Gill lea
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Laugh out loud funny!
Published 15 days ago by Miss S M Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Funny and thought provoking all in one
Excellent. Funny and thought provoking all in one. Best not to read it in public for fear of laughing out loud!
Published 15 days ago by Natasha Brown
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