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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
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Aug 14, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, biography, feminist, non-fiction, political
Read in August, 2011

Having seen a few snippets of this book in various papers and magazines, I was looking forward to reading How To Be A Woman. I was not at all disappointed as Moran's writing is in turns exceptionally funny, really moving and above all relevant to modern women. OK, the title seems to imply that Moran's way of being a woman is the only way, but most of what she has to say was relevant, pertinent and above all totally accessible to women in the 2010's.

No, this isn't a feminist text which has gravitas and academic rigour, BUT I would say that this only makes it more important as its very accessibility and humour makes it a book that women who wouldn't normally touch "feminist" writing with a barge pole would really enjoy reading. "Feminist" has been a dirty word for too long in mainstream media. Moran discusses this media aversion to feminism and has some pithy things to say about it. And as for things that women worry about (bikini waxes, high heels, food obsessions, botox, expensive handbags etc), her response is “Are the men doing it?", and if not, why are women worrying about it.

Best line in the book: in a chapter in support of body hair, and pubic hair in particular.....
"Lying on a hammock, gently finger-combing your Wookie whilst staring up at the sky is one of the great pleasures of adulthood." Love it!
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