“Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She’s the feminist rock star we need right now.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother
“Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don’t want to be like her—I want to be her.”
—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of women’s issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. “Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary,” (Elle UK), Moran’s debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now poised to take American womanhood by storm, here is a book that Vanity Fair calls “the U.K. version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants….You will laugh out loud, wince, and—in my case—feel proud to be the same gender as the author.”
Part memoir, part postmodern feminist rant, this award-winning British TV critic and celebrity writer brings her ingeniously funny views to the States. Moran s journey into womanhood begins on her 13th birthday when boys throw rocks at her 182-pound body, and her only friend, her sister Caz, hands her a homemade card reminding her to please turn 18 or die soon so Caz can inherit her bedroom. Always resourceful as the eldest of eight children from Wolverhampton the author embarrasses herself often enough to become an authority on how to masturbate; name one s breasts; and forgo a Brazilian bikini wax. She doesn t politicize feminism; she humanizes it. Everyone, she writes, is automatically an F-word if they own a vagina and want to be in charge of it. Empowering women is as easy as saying without reservation the word fat and filling our handbags with necessities like a safety pin, biscuit, and something that can absorb huge amounts of liquid. Beneath the laugh-out-loud humor is genuine insight about the blessings of having or not having children. With brutal honesty, she explains why she chose to have an abortion after birthing two healthy daughters with her longtime husband, Pete. Her story is as touching as it is timely. In her brilliant, original voice, Moran successfully entertains and enlightens her audience with hard-won wisdom and wit.
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All Men Should Read This--As Should Every Woman
I am sending this book to my daughter, a PhD candidate in cutting edge gender studies. I can't imagine a more important contribution to the field. Then, I am sending it to everyone I know or telling everyone to read it. I am a 58 year old straight father of five and proud to be labeled a "feminist" and hopeful to think that Caitlin Moran would agree. Funny, laugh out loud funny, honest, courageous and poignant. A modern classic, as important as any great work in this ongoing revolution of gender equality.
How to be a woman
Horrible and boring. Having just come off some russian novels and dantes inferno, this was nauseating. I'm not sure who this woman's audience is, but certainly isn't me or any female I grew up with. I give this about a star less than fifty shades of grey.