How to Be A Woman

How to Be A Woman

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from the riot of adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth--whether it's about the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, popular entertainment, or children--to jump-start a new conversation about feminism. With humor, insight, and verve, How To Be a Woman lays bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.
Publisher: [London] : Ebury Press, 2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780062250131
0062250132
9780062250148
0062250140
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (8 hr., 45 min., 14 sec.))

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AL_ZOEY Aug 08, 2016

I listened to this autobiography, because Emma Watson recommended it for her book club. I really felt that was the way to go. The delivery was spot on, so comical and endearing. This title is a great memoir of one person's experience of "womanliness." Don't go into this one thinking you're going to walk away with a new and profound feminist thought, but ready to share a hilarious personal narrative against the backdrop of "pop feminism."

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jentifer
Jun 16, 2016

I'm listening to this on audio. She's preaching to the choir but still, it's a great listen. I'd heard of this book and then forgotten about it, but after reading her novel "How to Build a Girl" I looked this up again. This is a collection of opinions, and I think they are rather funny and click with my own personal views so I'm rating it enjoyable and worth my time. (less)

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hmcgivney
May 03, 2014

Moran has a great sense of humor and I love her writing, imagery, and use of metaphor. I'm also really glad that I listened to this book, because Moran read it with so much personality and verve that I feel like I know her now; she's like a wacky friend going off on another rant about bras, or plastic surgery, or whatever. Part memoir and part feminist manifesto, I could definitely relate to some topics more than others: I've never been very interested in drugs or partying, and I'm not one to care much about wearing trendy clothes or uncomfortable shoes that cost $200, but I practically shouted out my support when she wrote about sexism, a woman's right to control her own body, and being able to decide for herself whether or not she wants kids.

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seweigl77
Oct 27, 2013

This is hilarious and fantastic and I could not recommend it more. No matter who you are (yes, even if you are a man), you will find a ton to relate to in this charming memoir-slash-feminist-treatise. Moran manages to take objective looks at both sides of many feminist hot buttons - like porn, fashion being a mother, and not being a mother. Even when you don't agree with her, you will find her reasoned and charming.

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AL_ZOEY Aug 08, 2016

"Here is the quick way of working out if you are a feminist: Put you hand in your pants, a) do you have a vagina and b) do you want to be in charge of it? If you've just said yes to both, then congratulations you're a feminist. Because we need to reclaim the word feminism. We need to reclaim the word feminism back really bad."

-about 25% into book

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