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A must-read for women under 30,
This review is from: How To Be a Woman (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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Initial post: 28 Aug 2011 17:04:47 BDT
And a PS, apparently both goddaughter and her mum loved it, and read it in turns aloud to one another. Which only affirms my opinion.
Posted on 2 Dec 2011 23:33:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2011 23:33:19 GMT
Linda Darnell says:
How can you possibly compare Caitlin Moran to Germaine Greer?????
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2011 12:20:45 GMT
Unless I'm mistaken, both women take feminism as their subject matter, and write books about it. I quite appreciate one is an academic and one populist, but that's the very point I'm making; occassionally it's good for a writer to take a debate out of the ivory tower and sling it into the mainstream, annoying stylistic tics, subjective arguments and all. And I believe Greer rather liked this book, too.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 12:09:32 GMT
J. L. Bryant says:
Yes, I first heard about Caitlan Moran from Germaine Greer herself! In her talk last year (about slut walks) she spent some time debating the issues raised by Caitlan Moran in much the way Ms Rayner does - and the impression was approval.
Posted on 26 Jun 2012 23:52:46 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 03:04:44 BDT
Sounds like you forgot to take your medication today Odin.
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