Ladies of the interwebs, tell me you've read Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman, and please, pretty please, tell me that you laughed, snickered, nodded your head in agreeance and threw a few fist pumps along the way. (I fully admit to doing all of those things at least a few times.) If you haven't read it, let me tell you that it needs to be the next book on your bedside table. No. Scratch that. It needs to be the next book you pick up and don't put down until it's complete. It may not say anything new to "strident feminists" who hold strong to their title and their position as women's rights warriors, but I think it will say something to those ladies who are on the borderline, scared to cross into the f-word's territory. "'Do you have a vagina?'" Moran writes. "'Do you want to be in charge of it?' If you said yes to both, 'Congratulations! You’re a feminist.'" Come on ladies, join us on the dark side.
There was honestly so much to love about this book that I don't even know how to talk about it — which is funny because the whole time I've been reading it, I did nothing but talk about it. Moran tackles the same old issues as every other feminist — abortion, pornography, strippers, plastic surgery, role models, high heels, kids, and sharing underwear — but she does it in a way that is downright hilarious, while also downright truthful. She takes examples from her own life — often unflattering — and she makes feminism relateable. She takes it out of the academic realm, where it so often sits, and she brings it down into the world of the everyday. The world of Lady Gaga.
I know the photo I chose is of her chapter Why You Shouldn't Have Children, but it's important to note that she also writes a chapter on why women should. She, a mother of two, acknowledges the good and the bad. I'll admit, I enjoyed both chapters — mostly because she's so brutally honest on both fronts — but I'm sticking to my guns and siding with the 'no kids for this girl' stance. (Yay for having a choice.)
Anyway guys, I know I'm not really telling you much about the book, but I hope the promise of British humour will give you the kick in the butt you need to pick up your own copy. I promise, you won't regret it.
**As an aside, I just want to give a shout out to my sister for continually hounding me to read this book. Kath, you were totally right, it's awesome!**
Have you read How to Be a Woman? What did you think?