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How to Be a Woman - Book Review

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by Vanessa de Largie (subscribe)
Published June 10th 2012

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.
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Why? It is a 'must read' for all women
Cost: Borrow it at the library for free.
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Hi Vanessa
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.
by Sandra Lawson (score: 3|1280) 3333 days ago
Hey Sandra. Only seeing this comment now. Thanks for reading my article!

You're the first person whose told me they have actually read the book - Yay! :)

Yes, wasn't it wonderful? What a dry sense of humour too, I am a real fan.

I will definitely become a member of good reads. If you have any other suggestions. Pls let me know. I'm an avid reader.

Loved your last sentence - gave me a giggle. True True!

by Vanessa de Largie (score: 3|1343) 3332 days ago
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