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message 1: by Emma (new)

Emma Watson (emmawatsonbookclub) | 49 comments Mod
Dear OSS,

Super excited to let you all know that I will be interviewing Caitlin Moran for the club later this week. Please post your questions about How To Be A Woman in this thread (and also any other burning questions you may have for her) and I shall get through as many as I can. I upload the video once it’s ready.

Emma xx

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Well, this is very exciting news indeed, I would like to know, which feminists do Caitlin Moran look up to?

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Also, as Caitlin mentioned in chapter 4, where do you think the idea that women can't 'bitch' about each other came from? And how do men get away with it?

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Why did 'feminist' become such an offensive word? And what would it take for people to accept it again?

message 5: by Genny (new)

Genny Pisano | 21 comments This is great news! Indeed, there are things I would like to ask her, I will write some here...
I will leave to You, Ms. Emma, the choice of what to ask ^-^

1)Chapter 7: She makes a point about the possible reasons of why women didn't have a great role in human history. I find it brilliant and my question is "How did you come to those conclusions? What enlightened you?" I never thought about those possibilities...

2)Chapter 8: She talks about her bad relationship with that guy, Courtney, and that she was able to get out of it... The question is: "What are the best ways to help a woman understand that a man is abusing her? Does she have any advice to how help her open her eyes?"

3)Chapter 4: She talks about being feminist. I know it could sound as a dumb question, but "How can a man who is a feminist, be believable in women's eyes and not just someone who is trying to lie his way into her bed?"

In the end, if You have some time left, please thank her for the "Thumbs up for the six billion" sentence (it's simply briliant) and tell her that I got up a chair, shouted " I am a feminist" but could really bring myself to change that light bulb, there was a big spider' web on the fitting xD Even though I am a man, I am very afraid of spiders and insects (throwing a bit of #BeyondLabels here).

Thank You for this chance, Ms.! Eager to watch the interview!!! X

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Genny Pisano | 21 comments Sorry, some corrections for my previous post, I did some mistakes ^^"

In the second question, I meant "Does she (Ms. Moran) have any advice to help a woman open her eyes?"

In the final part, I meant "I couldn't bring myself to change that light bulb etc..."

I apologize! Thank You!!!

message 7: by Dalia (new)

Dalia Parra | 1 comments fantastic news and initiative!

in Chapter 4 "I am a feminist!" when Caitlin writes about his impression to learn more about Germaine Greer, when she says the words feminism not as dangerous and unpleasant words as most do. What will be the cause of women and men in 2016 even be afraid to say these words to believe that should not be said freely in public?

Thank you and excuse me if my English is not very good (I speak Spanish).

message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (lauren2pt0) | 2 comments Many in this group have expressed confusion over Caitlin's dislike for stripping. She even says "get off the pole, you're making us look bad." If we believe women should be free to do with their bodies as they choose, shouldn't we then be supportive of their choices, no matter what?

message 9: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments I have heared Caitlin say she is a "separatist" in an interview recently she did not touch on that in this book could you ask her what this is.

Also she uses humor very skillfully but clearly is a serious campaigner is there a danger her message may be lost or diluted with he tone taken in this book particularly.

message 10: by JQ (new)

JQ | 13 comments Hi Emma,

I'd ask Caitlin what does she think is the biggest challenge facing women in 2016 and what's the most important or direct action that can be taken to fight for change?


message 11: by Martin (new)

Martin Felando Top ten things teenage girls could say to teenage boys to stop the cruelty? (HTBAW p 6)

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Nicole Zoi Gatto | 6 comments Great news! Well, my question is about the role of women in modern society. In every country, in every moment there is a girl, a mother , a sister which is raped or treated as a thing and not as a human being. Some organizations try to help women that are abused, but after the abuse is committed. So in which way government, school education and families could help boys to understand that girls are not beneath them but are their equals?? Thanks for your attention Emma :)

Nicole from Italy :)

message 13: by Amy (last edited May 04, 2016 08:56AM) (new)

Amy Lauren | 22 comments Thank you so much for conducting this interview and making it available to watch! I do have a question about yours and Caitlin Moran's opinions regarding all the different aspects of contemporary feminism.

The simple definition of feminism is 'gender equality,' but it seems within this movement, several other issues have found their homes, such as inclusivity for the LGTBQ community as well as across all races and religions and cultures, fashion and makeup, body hair, Photoshop, tabloid trash, portrayals in popular entertainment, education, nutrition, healthcare, abortion, domestic violence, the Pink Tax, stripping, prostitution, pornography, sharing nude photographs with the public, the list goes on.

Is it possible for a single movement to have a set standard on so many different issues? In order to be a 'good, true feminist,' does a person need to have an opinion on every subheading issue that falls under 'Feminism?'

message 14: by Katelyn, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Katelyn (katelynrh) | 836 comments Mod
This is great! Thank you for this opportunity to submit questions, Emma!

- How does your education and work background affect your writing and general outlook on feminism? Do you think that having been homeschooled and the early start to your career at a music magazine have impacted your use of language and approach to cultural issues?

- Amy Schumer has recently been opening up about her reluctance to take a stand on political issues as she's spoken out about gun violence legislation in the U.S. after a shooting in a theater screening her movie Trainwreck. She has said: "Unfortunately, someone with some celebrity brings more attention to it than a politician." To what extent, and in what capacity, should celebrities be using their fame as a platform for political issues? Should they "stay out of politics" or would it be neglectful not to use their platform for good? Where would you draw the line as a writer? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as well, Emma, if there's time, as I think you're an obvious example of a celebrity using her fame as a tool for creating change.

message 15: by Rafael (new)

Rafael Caracciolo Duarte | 21 comments What would be the best way to achieve gender equality?

message 16: by MeerderWörter (last edited May 04, 2016 01:20PM) (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Thank you for the opportunity, Ms. Watson!

Here are my questions:

"Only a few of the stones actually hit me and, obviously, they don't hurt: this coat has been through a war, possibly two. Pebbles are nothing, it's built for grenades."

Not only do I detect fact ( and a bit of humour) in here, but I was wondering whether this is a metaphor for being a feminist.
That small obstacles are something we blow away, we've got bigger fish to fry.

Where does all the humour in your book come from, where did you learn that?

What do you think about "estrogen and a big pair of tits"?
Would you leave that out, or would you, in retrospect deal with it again?

Do you think, along with the mainstream media, that "heels... are a non-negotiable part of being a woman, along with the potential to lactate, and the XX-chromosome."? If so, would you see somebody not as a woman, if they do not have XX-chromosomes, or the potential to lactate?

Is there anybody else you've got as a mirror, in addition to your sister?

"I'm neither 'pro-women' nor 'anti'-men. I'm just 'Thumbs up for the six billion."
First, I have to say thank you. You included EVERY human being on earth, and that is something GREAT. Also, thank you for the thumbs up, greatly appreciated. I have to say one thing at the end now: In German, we say "Daumen drücken", "pressing thumbs", which is fingers crossed in English. So, I think it is really cool that both meanings make sense, and that we can use both terms on humanity in terms of feminism.

Ms, Watson, if you feel adressed, could you also give your comment/answer to these questions? I would be very, very happy.


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Tadej Brunšek (tad3j) | 145 comments Dear Emma!

The question that I have for Mrs. Caitlin is:

If there would exist theory that will answer every question, regarding feminism and gender equality, which question would she ask?

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Ardit Haliti (ardit_haliti) | 61 comments What was the most difficult part about writing 'How To Be a Woman'?

message 19: by Anne Elisabeth (last edited May 04, 2016 06:12PM) (new)

Anne Elisabeth   (anneelisabeth) | 87 comments Do you have any thoughts on why very few politicians/public figures use the word feminist to describe themselves?

Is wearing my "This is what a feminist looks like"-t-shirt a strong statement?

message 20: by Charlotte (last edited May 05, 2016 06:40AM) (new)

Charlotte Grady | 5 comments You are often described as "the British Tina Fey" in the States. Do you have a favorite female comedian, and do you feel female comedians are treated differently, in a negative way, by the media, than male comedians?

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Have any of your views on feminism changed, or strengthened, in the years since writing the book?

message 22: by Jasmine (last edited May 05, 2016 05:59AM) (new)

Jasmine Moser | 1 comments In a previous interview with Gloria Steinem, Ms. Watson brought up the possibility and desire for a feminist alternative to porn, to find something more acceptable as this kind of stimulant. With the discussion of porn in How To Be A Woman, what kind of alternatives would be more desirable or would be better in any way while still being pleasurable?

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

message 23: by Charlie (new)

Charlie | 2 comments Why are so many parts of the world so scared of making long-lasting decisions regarding gender equality? What are they afraid of?

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Kelsey Hylland | 2 comments How do you deal with the negative comments about a woman being open about her sexuality?

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Celeste Hope | 5 comments I would like to know: What a religion made by women would look like in her mind?

I thought her argument that many religions were created in a time where women were considered second class citizens was very accurate.

Also, is she as excited as I am there is going to be an all female "Ghostbusters"?
I think it will be a legitimate phenomenon

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Kristina Bliss (blisser99) | 0 comments My question is, do you have the support of your family as a feminist? If so, have you always had their support? If not, how did you deal with that bump in the road?

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Evelia | 89 comments Cool.
Two questions that I want to ask is:
Why are weddings such an important event in a woman's life? Is it really worth it to spend so much money on weddings?

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Petra Reini | 4 comments How should girls deal with negative influences and mental health issues?

message 29: by Sami (new)

Sami At 27, I am the mother to a 4 year old, a wife of 6 years, and I work full time at a hospital pharmacy. I struggle every day with who I am, who I want to be, and who I have to be. How do you find compromise between these versions of yourself and how do you stay true to yourself when you must take care of everyone else?

-Sam from Georgia, USA

message 30: by Helen (new)

Helen | 1 comments It takes a heap of self confidence to be able to voice your opinions as strongly as Caitlin Moran does.

How did Caitlin Moran reach a point of being completely comfortable with herself and her opinions to be able to voice them without fearing criticism or being referred to as a "bitch" "feminazi" or other derogatory terms?

message 31: by Sam (new)

Sam | 4 comments I would like to ask Caitlin her thoughts on intersectional feminism and including equality for women of color, transgender women, etc...

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Kassel Garibay (kasselgaribay) | 30 comments Hi! I personally would love to hear about Caitilin's advice on what I call "self care for the modern feminist."
We all know how hard it is to share a feminist article we loved and having to face the comments. And I think that many girls and women (and boys too!) have felt insecure about their bodies and somehow felt like they were betraying their beliefs – "I shouldn't think I'm fat! I'm a feminist! Everyone's beautiful! Why don't I feel beautiful?– things like that.
So what advice can she give to us so that we can keep on fighting for what we believe in?

message 33: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Grace | 28 comments Hi Emma!

Since we've had lots of conversations about Caitlin's more obscure quotes and the intentions behind them over the past month, if I could ask her anything, I would ask:

How integral do you believe inclusivity and representation are to being a "good feminist"?

Thank you so much!

message 34: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Wade | 1 comments I have a question.

When people tell you that you can't do something or say that you are crazy for trying, what is your answer?

message 35: by Sebastian (new)

Sebastian Temlett (sebtemlett) | 8 comments Hey OSS.

My question for Caitlin would be:

Your book spoke quite positively about pornography. You mentioned that pornographic images are as old as humanity itself. That being said, how do you feel about the idea that the proliferation of internet pornography is dangerous, creating unhealthy connections between "my computer screen" and sexual arousal, as well as being addictive and causing sexual dysfunction?

message 36: by Andrea (last edited May 05, 2016 01:14PM) (new)

Andrea Bambi | 53 comments First of all, thank you Emma for this great opportunity.
This is my question for Caitlin: I loved the chapter about feminist icons and how important they are, especially for young girls. As a huge Taylor Swift fan, I would like to know if you consider Taylor a feminist icon. I look up to her as a role model, but people keep on telling me she is a product of White Feminism and so not a good example for the younger generations. What do you think?
Thank you so much for your book! Have a great day!

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Rhiannon | 3 comments How does she think we should go about changing society's stereotype of men and women????

message 38: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Winger I would like to know if Caitlin thinks that Feminism is an "Elite" problem. That women who struggle to make ends meet don't bother with this topic because they have bigger problems. And if so, if women who are better off have the responsibility to fight for gender equality/ feminism for every woman.

Thanks a lot.

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Victiane Sessego | 3 comments I'd like to ask Caitlin Moran how she did manage to have a peaceful relationship with her body and end her compulsive eating, other than because of the comments of her friend Matt. Because you can't stop eating like you can stop drinking. So how did you manage it? :)

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Bhavanaa Arunakumar | 11 comments My questions for Caitlin:

How do you define your personal feminism?

Is there anyone right now who inspires you?

Do you have any book recommendations and advice for teens who want to find out more about feminism?

Thanks Emma for the opportunity x

message 41: by Kate (new)

Kate Do women need to be in a relationship?

message 42: by Lucie (new)

Lucie Thank you so much for this great opportunity! I'd like to ask Caitlin about her view on monogamy.

message 43: by Mara (new)

Mara | 12 comments Hi Emma! I'd like to ask Caitlin if we will be able to understand the concept of Feminism some day (both men and women) and if she thinks that most men are afraid of strong women.

Thank you and kisses from Spain! :)

message 44: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Khusu There was a huge discussion on the group about something that Moran wrote about women being non-existent and not creative in for 300 years.

This sparked huge debate amongst the group members and it was fascinating to hear people's thought on it. Some people thought it was just a joke or sarcasm, while others took it very serious to the point of being offended.

So for me, I would like if Emma could ask her about that and what exactly she meant. I personally think it was just sarcasm (I could never believe anyone of her calibre could seriously believe that). It would be nice to just get clarity for the audience though...clear her name in a sort of way. :)

message 45: by Megan (new)

Megan | 5 comments What an amazing opportunity and thanks for giving us the chance to be a part of it! Here is what I would love to find out:

How to be a Woman is the most unapologetically female text I have ever encountered. It allowed me to face prejudices I hold against my own body and femaleness. The whole text comes off as so visceral and honest and I admire it a great deal. I found myself audibly commenting while reading saying things like "yes, absolutely!" "oh my god, I never thought to put that feeling in to words before" "I thought I was the only the one that felt that way." I would love to know how you felt composing this. Did you find the writing of this book emotional and difficult, or did you approach it like you were writing in your diary never expecting anyone else to read it? And as you started the editing process with your publisher, did you feel as if your life and gender identity was under scrutiny or were able to accept editing notes as they were and move on without taking them personally even though the subject matter is so abrasively personal?

message 46: by Antonio (new)

Antonio Carlos | 1 comments Hi Emma, hi Caitlin.
Hi Everyone.

I would like to ask her, about the points she thinks the society has evolved on the matter of respect to the female writers. Making a comparison with the time of Zelda Fitzgerald, for example, do women have now more space to talk about all subjects in literature?

message 47: by Robert (new)

Robert | 6 comments Hi Emma, Hi Caitlin, Hello OSS-Members,

"In the 22 years that have passed since my 13th birthday, I have become far more positive about being a woman - indeed to be honest, it all picked up considerably when I got some fake ID, a laptop and a nice blouse - but in many ways, there is no crueller or more inappropriate present to give a child than oestrogen and a big pair of tits. Had anyone asked me in advance of my birthday, I think I would have requested a book token or maybe a voucher for C&A, instead." ("How to be a woman", p. 8-9, Moran, 2011)

To a boy/man, these sentences are "hard tobacco".
Is it really that hard for girls when they hit puberty? Have you had discussions with other girls/women about this (your!) evaluation?, and, if yes, did they agree with you? What did they say?
This question might also be interesting to answer for all OSS-girls-/women; we could open a new discussion about it and see what they say here.

nice greetings, Robert

message 48: by Katie (new)

Katie | 3 comments You had a pretty unique upbringing. What aspects from your childhood are you sharing with your daughters, and what do you want to be different for them?

message 49: by Emily (new)

Emily (cookies1234) | 0 comments Tips for women to make themselves more confident/assertive?

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Jazzy Le Grice | 8 comments Hi, please let Caitlin know that I thought her words in her video 'a letter to teenage girls' really meant a lot to me (:
My question is, do you have any advice for teenage girls struggling with the issue of their peers denying being feminists because they think that boys wouldn't like it?
(I go to a girls grammar school and many think that by calling themselves feminists, they are being sexist to boys and are starting to reject the feminist movement. How can we combat this?) xxx

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