How to be a Woman ~ Caitlin Moran

  • Title: How to be a Woman
  • Author: Caitlin Moran
  • Genre: Humor, Non-fiction
  • Format: ebook
  • Source: Library
  • Reviewed by: DarthVal
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  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 female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.

Review:  Warning: This review is rated R and may contain adult themes and language, however, so does the book.

I have to admit that the publisher’s marketing totally worked on me with this book. They had me at with the “British Bossy Pants” buzz (I do so love Tina Fey). Therefore, going into it, I did not actually know much about Caitlin Moran other than two basic facts: 1. she’s British and 2. she is one cool looking chick! Now that I am finished with the book, I not only feel like I know a great deal about Caitlin (I’m sure she won’t mind if I call her Caitlin), but I am fairly certain that should we ever meet we would be instant BFFs.

How to be a Woman is a not only a humorous retelling of bits of Cailtin’s life, but it is also a commentary on the current status of women in western society and present day feminism. It is was interesting how many times I would find myself laughing over her words, only to realize that there was a rather profound point wrapped up in that clever wit. I have to thank Caitlin for being able to put so many of my thoughts on feminism into words far more eloquent than I could ever achieve and with enough to humor that they just might have a chance of being heard.

Yes, Caitlin, I totally agree, it is NOT too much to ask for a woman to actually enjoy an orgasm in porn. And enough with the shaving! I support the pro “furry muff” platform. You can groom and get good camera shots without creating an obsession with pre-pubescent looking woman parts. They do not match the ridiculously over-priced stiletto shoes and matching handbags that so many women are convinced they need. Meanwhile, you’ll find me bare foot and shaking a tail feather with Caitlin on the dance floor at a wedding whose debt will likely outlast the marriage. Cynical much? Perhaps, but I agree with Caitlin’s optimism about women’s potential for equality and her view that the responsibility now lies with women to make that change.

Beyond her opinions on feminism, Ms. Moran does not hold back when it comes to sharing details about herself throughout the book. I commend Caitlin for her courage to bare herself to the world to illustrate her many well-made points. It was refreshing to see someone with celebrity status to be so unapologetically honest about their life. Sigh, I believe I have developed yet another girl crush.

This book has broad appeal (get it – BROAD appeal?) beyond the card carrying feminist crowd. One could honestly read the book for just the humor and remain happily shallow, overlooking the deeper messages. That is the point of the book isn’t it? When it comes down to it, it is about the freedom to pursue a life that makes one happy. Well done, Caitlin.