Wednesday, March 5, 2014
How to be a Woman
How did I get this book? borrowed from library
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Bloody f***ing brilliant! I can barely put into words how much I love this book. The narration of the audiobook by Caitlin Moran herself is absolutely perfect. One complaint I've seen in reviews is an excessive use of CAPS LOCK FOR EMPHASIS, but that is not an issue with the audiobook for obvious reasons. I listened to much of this book while outside doing yardwork (gives away how long this post has been in draft, doesn't it!) and laughed so often and so loudly, I am now convinced the neighbors think I've gone mad.
Each chapter focuses on a particular point in Moran's life and she hilariously discusses a lot of day-to-day stuff that affects modern girls and women. She can be very blunt and I doubt anyone reading would agree with her on every single point, but overall there is such truth in what she is saying and so much of it really resonated with me. She captures the absurdity of a lot of the silly crap women think about, deal with, and worry about on a daily basis in addition a lot of the "big issues". She talks about body image, weight, high heels, shaving, Brazilian waxes, work, relationships, fashion, weddings, having babies, not having babies, being a mother, abortion, porn, and so much more.
It's important to realize this is first and foremost a memoir. It is not meant to be a feminist manifesto that comprehensively addresses every single issue and speaks for every single woman out there in the world. Moran writes about her own experience as a modern, middle-to-upper-class, western woman and she does so brilliantly. I'm not trying to discount the experiences of women who do not fall into that demographic, but I think in the format of a memoir, it would have been disingenuous for Moran to try to speak for absolutely every woman out there. This is the story of her life as she struggles to establish her identity in a society where women are constantly bombarded with mixed messages and unrealistic expectations. It is a story I can relate to and I think many other young women will relate to as well, at least in part.