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Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them?

Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from the riot of adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth—whether it's about the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, popular entertainment, or children—to jump-start a new conversation about feminism. With humor, insight, and verve, How To Be a Woman lays bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.

Topics: Feminism, Abortions, Body Image, Sexism, Sexuality, Marriage, Women's Health, Love, Coming of Age, Family, England, London, Sex, Civil and Political Rights, Essays, Funny, Witty, Poignant, Realistic, First Person Narration, Female Author, 21st Century, and British Author

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ISBN: 9780062124258
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picking up this stridently feminist book immediately after my previous read, which was borderline misogynistic, was not planned (really), but im sure glad at how the order of things turned out. 1. this book is one heck of a rant! well written, even though i had to pause a bit to resolve some of the very English (to me, at least) commentaries in my mind.2. the tone swings from the ridiculously and laugh-out-loud funny, to the cringe-inducing-i-cant-believe-someone-will-actually-commit-that-anecdote-to-print!, to the down right gut-wrenching! but always, ms. moran's voice is honest. i might not agree with all she said in this book, but it was fun arguing with her in my head.3. i spilled coffee and food all over this book...which is my way of saying, i could not find ample excuse to stop reading it. 4. if or when i have my own daughter, this is a book i'd like them to be able to read.5. this book made me decide to go and buy that katy perry and lady gaga albums i had been eyeing for a while now.more
I'm very "meh" about this whole book. Some parts are fine. Some are even good. Maybe you have to be British? I feel like I do about the Twilight series... everyone seems to like it and I am just not on boardmore
I need to read this again and again. Brilliant.more
I really enjoyed this book, haven't read a non-fiction book for years and now I might read some more! I think growing up at around the same time made it more meaningful, lots of similar experiences and laugh out loud moments. Caitlin Moran writes very well, and makes some really good points I hadn't really thought too much about before.more
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picking up this stridently feminist book immediately after my previous read, which was borderline misogynistic, was not planned (really), but im sure glad at how the order of things turned out. 1. this book is one heck of a rant! well written, even though i had to pause a bit to resolve some of the very English (to me, at least) commentaries in my mind.2. the tone swings from the ridiculously and laugh-out-loud funny, to the cringe-inducing-i-cant-believe-someone-will-actually-commit-that-anecdote-to-print!, to the down right gut-wrenching! but always, ms. moran's voice is honest. i might not agree with all she said in this book, but it was fun arguing with her in my head.3. i spilled coffee and food all over this book...which is my way of saying, i could not find ample excuse to stop reading it. 4. if or when i have my own daughter, this is a book i'd like them to be able to read.5. this book made me decide to go and buy that katy perry and lady gaga albums i had been eyeing for a while now.more
I'm very "meh" about this whole book. Some parts are fine. Some are even good. Maybe you have to be British? I feel like I do about the Twilight series... everyone seems to like it and I am just not on boardmore
I need to read this again and again. Brilliant.more
I really enjoyed this book, haven't read a non-fiction book for years and now I might read some more! I think growing up at around the same time made it more meaningful, lots of similar experiences and laugh out loud moments. Caitlin Moran writes very well, and makes some really good points I hadn't really thought too much about before.more
Moran's breezy delivery can strike one as dismissive of other points of view, but I think that's just the delivery. I found the memoir-ish parts of this book much more interesting than the philosophizing about feminism. Worth a read, no question.
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Very funny, very honest, very modern and realistic take on feminism.more
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