I have literally just finished reading 'How To Be A Woman' in one sitting, after waiting patiently for it to arrive at my local library.
Caitlin Moran is a breath of fresh air. She scratches away the negativity associated with the term 'feminism' and makes it accessible to all women, which I believe is a huge breakthrough.
How To Be A Woman covers every nook and cranny about being a woman. It covers periods, pregnancy, pubes, masturbation and body image, just to name a few.
She has a great talent at telling it like it is. Her writing is brave and bold, not to mention hilarious.
Part memoir, part comedic feminist discussion, Moran will have your ears pricked.
I really enjoyed her evolved chapter on 'women who choose to be childless' titled - Why You Shouldn't Have Children.
Moran is a mother and it was so refreshing to hear a mother/feminist discuss the perks and admiration of those who have chosen the childless path.
To quote Moran:
Whilst motherhood is an incredible vocation, it has no more inherent worth than a childless woman, simple being who she is, to the utmost of her capabilities. To think otherwise, betrays a belief that being a thinking, creative and fulfilled woman is somehow not enough. That no action will ever be the equal of giving birth.
Moran also balances this chapter, with another chapter previous - Why You Should Have Children.
I am a huge fan of feminist - Germaine Greer. Alot of critics have compared Moran's book to Greer's The Female Eunuch.
I feel immensely proud about being a woman today. Knowing that these two great women walk the earth, trying to create change for my sex.
It may not mean a lot to other females but it means a great deal to me.
Do yourself a favour. Seek out this book today. It's worth your time and attention.
You've brought back so many memories. I read this book about a year ago. I didn't manage it in one sitting and every time I took it out of my bag it provoked more conversation and comments from other women, most of whom had it on their reading list. I also wrote a short review on Good Reads (if you don't belong, it's worth joining if you're a lover of books) and had a few positive comments from others. It was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining and commonsensical read that shows you don't have to crop your hair and wear dungarees to be a feminist.