- 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 (949 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How To Be a Woman Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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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)
A new way to look at feminism from Caitlin Moran, one of our funniest writersSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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What a shame. Some good themes and ideas with the potential to be hilariously funny if only she hadn't laboured every point and sucked the life out of every topic by banging on... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mummalink
...at times it goes on a bit! I can't say I enjoy it though. Some of the arguments included in the book about feminism a great really funny it's also fantastic to see that I was... Read morePublished 11 days ago by auntieooff
Very funny and cleverly written. Commentary on so many things common to all young women. Great descriptions of things in her imagination. Quite zany too.Published 17 days ago by blackness
This book actually made me angry.
I was hoping to gain some insight into feminism in the twenty-first century and the battle for equal rights for women. Read more
enjoyed this book a lot, funny and refreshing, agree with a lot of caitlin morans outlooksPublished 20 days ago by lorraine,donegal
I feel this book really dumbed downed the experience of being a personPublished 24 days ago by Jessica Atkinson-Evans