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.
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This was my first holiday read on a week away in Cyprus. I’ve always enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s columns and her twitter feed is one of my favourites. She seems to have similar views to mine combined with a huge sense of fun.
This book is very graphic. She doesn’t seem to hide anything. The honesty is shocking yet pulls you in at the same time. We hear about her life from her early teens and everything involved along the way.
I’m hovering between 3 and 4 stars on this book. It’s an initial 4, but I think after analysing it, I would talk myself down to a 3 star. So maybe a 3.5
There are a few things that are easy to dislike and disagree with Moran on, but isn’t that just the story with feminists and feminism? Being the rational human that I am, I can at least recognize that we can’t all agree on everything.
It’s not the Female Eunuch for 2011 BUT it is Common Sense For Women By A Woman Who Cares. In some ways its weaknesses are its strengths. It’s a very easy read, it’s amusing, it’s not too fact-heavy, it’s accessible. If what feminism needs now is numbers and for women to realise that they actually ARE feminists after all (who knew?) then this is a great recruitment text and definitely a good stepping stone to further thinking/reading/acting.
This is a brand of feminism that I can enthusiastically embrace. I love that Moran tackles big issues, like abortion and motherhood, as well as smaller issues, like high heels and waxing. I didn’t always agree with her but the best part is that she gives express permission to women disagree and bitch at each other. She converted me to a lifelong fan when I encountered first the chapter “Why You Should Have Children” (I have to admit I was a bit annoyed by that chapter title and the premise) but then follows it directly with “Why You Shouldn’t Have Children.” That pretty much sums up her whole argument – we as women need to begin to make well-informed decisions based on our own needs rather than responding to societal pressures.
Caitlin Moran’s genius has been widely and rightly recognised and this book is a testament to it. I will not add anything further save to quote two passages for truth.
On feminism: “I have a rule of thumb that allows me to judge … whether sexist bullshit is afoot. … It’s asking this question: ‘Are the men doing it? Are the men worrying about this as well? Is that taking up the men’s time? Are the men told not to do this, as it’s ‘letting the side down’?
Author(s): Roger LowensteinDownload
Publish: Published October 9th 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
ISBN: ISBN 0375758259 (ISBN13: 9780375758256)
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