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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
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Oct 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, feminism

A very funny and moving, this book is part autobiography, part feminist manifesto. Moran is refreshingly positive about what is means to be feminist: it just means you want equal rights for men and women. Feminsism is for everyone, and although she has personally given up trying to walk in heels, there is no unnecessary nagging about exactly what kind of woman you should be.

She argues convincingly why stripbars are shit but burlesque is cool, why Katie Price is not a feminist but Lady Gaga is, what people mean when they ask a woman when she wants children, and why you should not get married (and if you do, why you should keep it simple, avoid hen nights, and celebrate in a bar). She reflects on porn, handbags, sexism, childbirth and role models. She celebrates good underwear, men, and abortion.

I did not agree with her on everything, and sh sometimes sweeps over subjects with such a pace that you wonder why she brought it up in the first place. There could be a more thoughtful, in-depth argument about feminism, and she sometimes has more enthousiasms than reason. However, I like how that makes the book personal, opinionating but not moralizing.

While reading this book, I couldn't help but snort repeatedly, choke on stuff and read aloud the paragraphs I particularly agreed with. Moran's frankness and self-mockery make a very entertaining read, even if you are not that interested in feminism.
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