Book review of Caitlin Moran, How to be Woman

Review by Emily Cotton

Think of your girlfriends and the way that they endlessly chat away on the phone. Although on the surface it looks as though they never run out of subjects to talk about, they can waffle for hours on end about everything they could possibly ever think of. That is until Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to be Woman’, presents the unruly. The subjects most women would rather not discuss. As much as 50 Shades of Grey is seen as a raunchy book for women to get excited about, in private of course, Moran goes one step further.

Periods, abortion and sex, but most of all feminism. I’m not going to lie; the word for me conjures up females with socks and sandals ranting about equality and intimidates me to the core. But Moran explains it in an accessible way and makes me realise that dammit we can do better, as she says “What is feminism? Simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be. Are you a feminist? Hahaha. Of course you are.”

If you want to read something genuine, easy to get along with and have a gentle giggle to yourself then do read this book. Even if you decide not to now I’m sure in a girl-to-girl conversation at some point it will turn to Caitlin Moran’s, How to be Woman.


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