How to Be a Woman, by Caitlan Moran




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 adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.



I picked up this book after seeing it in Emma Watson’s Book Club on goodreads. It’s the book they picked for April.

Needless to say, I have a bit to say about it.

This book, at first, intrigued me. It starts off in Caitlin’s childhood, being chased by boys on her 13th birthday. She lives in a house full of siblings, where it doesn’t matter if you change clothes in the middle of the living room while your family watches tv. No privacy. But when she starts growing pubic hair, everything she knows about herself is thrown upside down. Who is she? What does she want in life?

Caitlin’s opinions are kind of in-your-face in this book. She puts it in a way that is matter-of-fact. Here’s a quote early in the book:
 “Instead, Greer says ‘I am a feminist’ in a perfectly calm, logical, and entitled way. […]
         This is what will keep us alive.”
She talks about porn in the first chapter, about how porn is all about what the man wants. I do agree with her points there, how porn degrades women, it’s all the same, etc. She goes on to argue that we should let our pubic and armpit hair grow to full length without shame, and sometimes even dye it! Like shaving is degrading ourselves and we should be ashamed of that. I don’t know about you, but I like shaving. Feels nice.

She also types thing IN ALL CAPS just to be EXTRA SERIOUS about something. There are entire paragraphs in caps lock! What?? A bit obnoxious in my opinion. You can say something and get your point across without yelling it at me.

She also uses a lot of English slang (and pretty loosely too) in a way that baffles me.
      “Dude, you are not cocking a snook at Gloria Steinem, Barack Obama, and
        the BBC.”
What does that even mean? Did she have an epileptic seizure when typing that?

I wanted to read this book, I really did, but it’s too distracting and annoying for me. Did you think so too? Let me know.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


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