This review is from: How To Be a Woman (Paperback)
I'd never heard of Caitlin Moran until I recently came across 'Moranthology' in the library.
I really enjoyed Moranthology and, on that basis, picked up How to be a Woman.
Moranthology, in my opinion, is much better.
How to be a Woman goes firmly in my 'overrated' category.
It's rambling and reminds me of writing essays at school or uni, where you know you've got so many pages to fill/a large wordcount to cover, and you're scrambling around for stuff to throw in and 'make' relevant.
How many bleedin' times does Moran say 'feminist' or 'feminism' in this book??
YAWN. Feminism schmeminism.
'I'm a woman me and woman are equal to men but look, I'm a WOMAN! WOMAN WOMAN WOMAN, NOT A MAN!'
Labelling oneself a 'feminist' seems to me to be defeating one's own stated objective (equality to men) somewhat.
So... lots of zzzzz's for me there. Ditto all the 'academia'/'feminist' name-drops/learned and high falutin' references. Bo-ring!
The long and 'philosophical' clever-clever chapter about abortion - I just couldn't help thinking 'so you REALLY didn't want another sprog - ever heard of contraception?' - a 'philosophy' which I feel could be applied much much wider in society than to Moran.
Moran IS capable of GREAT funniness but I really feel she's not at her best in this book. Too much blether between the laughs.
So - I think How to be a Woman is a very silly title for this book (apparently Moran didn't choose it herself?), I've given three stars for the admittedly many witty/funny/thought-provoking bits. Taken two off for all the abovementioned.