How to Be A Woman

Moran, Caitlin, 1975-

Paperback - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Be A Woman
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.

Published: New York : Harper Perennial, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 0062124293
Branch Call Number: 305.4202 MOR


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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 d... Read More »

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Mar 26, 2015
  • Cassini_s_Home rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Couldn't finish it ... OK, but not the greatest writer. I think viewing some of her interviews online is a better use of time.

Oct 24, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ms. Moran is a funny, ribald and strident feminist (her words). But if that were all she had going for her she’d be no different than dozens of other ballsy ladies who’ve written just how much more fun it is to buy clothes that fit their sagging bodies instead of going to the gym obsessively.

Ms. Moran instead uses her considerable intelligence to dig deeply into the question of why exactly women haven’t produced great composers, architects, painters, etc., on the same scale as men. She points out in scathing terms why it’s not liberating being a pole dancer or stripper and reveals—surprise!—that high-heeled shoes can’t be worn by anybody, even the models who are paid to sell them.

She can state with equal conviction why a woman should or should not have children and support both sides without coming into conflict or wearying the reader with heavy-handed polemic. Some of her English colloquialisms can produce head-scratching perplexity (what exactly is a Womble?) but she’s English; accept it and move on.

Her viewpoints are refreshing, thought provoking and laugh-out-loud funny. Her photo on the back shows a slightly heavy-set woman with a rumpled cardigan over a polka-dotted dress, heavy leggings and pull-up Frye boots. She looks just like an ordinary gal and her book makes her sound like somebody you’d want as a friend, the kind who’ll help you with the kids and then go out with you to the pub to get roaring drunk. Where was she when I was growing up?

Aug 07, 2014
  • Madmanintheattic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a man. I read this book. It inspired me to remember I have never had a discussion with a woman about what it is like to be a woman. On page 11 she indicates women don't even talk to women about being women.

I thought it was excellent and being so funny quite accessible. I think I will read it again some time soon.

As for those worried about her crassness and her as a poor role model it seems to me women are crass but they hide it behind their "good girl" facade. As far as "role model" give her a break - did you not read the part about her upbringing? How would you have made out if you had grown up in her circumstances. She survived and became quite successful - that speaks for itself. I think your concerns are overblown. Plus she is not expecting to be a role model and is actually quite self-depricating if you can actually read it without your filters. I recommend it heartily even if just because it is SO FUNNY. Read it.

Mar 13, 2014
  • 671books rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terrible terrible book. Didn't even bother to finish it.

My full review is here:

Mar 04, 2014
  • multcolib_dianaa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If I was the Queen of the World, all women in their 20s would be compelled to read this funny, refreshing feminist book. It's even better on audio, read by the author!

Nov 20, 2013
  • cat_moda rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It is a good book, for those who want to start reading feminists books. Except for a few chapters it wasn't anything new. It is important for young people, especially girls, to read Feminists books, so this might be a good start, but it is a bit vulgar. I suggest young people read seminal books such as The Second Sex, The Feminine Mystique, etc. I will next read another feminist book: Cinderella Ate My Daughter, by Peggy Orenstein.

Nov 03, 2013
  • ehm_chen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this for my book club. I should say that I enjoyed and laughed a lot at the beginning, but then grew a bit tired of the crassness and name-dropping, got annoyed at feeling that she was yelling at me and trying too hard, and didn't bother finishing it in time for my book club meeting. But, after discussion with my friends, I was convinced to give it another try and am glad I did so. The last chunk brought it home for me, and I was pleasantly surprised at how she handled some difficult topics. Overall, not as enjoyable as, say, Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' and sometimes annoying, but worthwhile.

Nov 03, 2013
  • Ireadalot2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is disgusting. I would not like any young woman to use Caitlin as a role model. She doesn't even to like or respect women a tall. don't read her.

Oct 25, 2013
  • EPalmer2295 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Crude, realistic, and terribly funny, Moran touches on so many hot button issues (obesity, expensive weddings, feminism, and just the bumps and hitches of growing up) and discusses them in a tone that is not only hilarious, but real and filled with nuggets of truth. Honestly, this book gave me a whole new way of looking at feminism (it doesn't HAVE to be angry and anti-men!) and how women perceive and treat themselves. A wonderful read for every woman.

May 15, 2013
  • CRM1000893372481 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Must read for woman in their 20's-50's! It's GREAT!

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