How to Be a Woman (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Caitlin Moran was named the Columnist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 2010, and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work at the Times of London. You can follow Caitlin on Twitter @caitlinmoran.

Praise for How to Be a Woman…

eoeThere are lots of things to love about Caitlin Morane(TM)s How to Be a Womane.A glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language [Moran] militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written.e
-New York Times

eoeThe UKe(TM)s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one.e
-Marie Claire

eoeMorane(TM)s frank wit is appealing.e
-The New Yorker

eoeIt is bracing in this season of losing [Nora] Ephron to discover a younger feminist writer who scrimmages with the patriarchy and drop kicks zingers with comic flaire.A must-read for anyone curious to find out just how very funny a self-proclaimed e~strident feministe(TM) can be.e
-Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

eoeA fresh, funny take on modern feminism that shines a light on issues facing every woman, lovingly boiled down to the basics with insight and humor.e
-Today Show

eoeScathingly funnye.Moran makes us think about femininity and feminism, and whether you agree or not, shee(TM)s fascinating.e
-People (3 stars)

eoeA hilarious neo-feminist manifestoe.Moran reinvigorates womene(TM)s lib with her personal and political polemic.e

eoeCaitlin Moran taught me more about being a woman than being a woman did. Ie(TM)m pretty sure I had testicles before I read this book.e
-Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

eoeThere is a good reason for [its success]: it is pretty phenomenale.[Moran] wrote the book in just 5 monthse.Chances are youe(TM)ll read it in far less time than that, turning down the corners of extra-resonating pages to come back to later.e
-Jenn Doll, The Atlantic Wire

eoeWith her drunk-on-gin-with-my-lady-friends honesty and humor, Moran, a Times of London columnist, snips the man out of manifesto, spinning her message of radically sensible female empowerment.e

eoeBravely and brilliantly weaves personal anecdotes and cutting insight into a book that is at once instructional, confessional, and a call for changee.Moran shifts effortlessly between her own hilarious experiences and larger questions about womene(TM)s place in the modern world.e
-Interview Magazine

eoeAs funny and careerist as Tina Feye(TM)s Bossypants, as divulging as Ayelet Waldmane(TM)s Bad Mother and as earthy as Cheryl Strayede(TM)s Wild.e
-Holloway McCandless, Shelf Awareness

eoeIngeniously funnye.In her brilliant, original voice, Moran successfully entertains and enlightens her audience with hard-won wisdom and wite.She doesne(TM)t politicize feminism; she humanizes it.e
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

eoeCaitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I done(TM)t want to be like here"I want to be her. But if I cane(TM)t, at least I can relish her book. You will, too.e
-Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

eoeHer arguments are hilarious and spot one.This isne(TM)t a self-help guide, and Morane(TM)s not really telling you how to be a woman. Instead, shee(TM)s giving you permission to laugh: at ourselves, at her, and at anyone who think theree(TM)s only one way to be a woman.e
-Shannon Carlin, Bust Magazine

eoeHow funny is Caitlin Morane(TM)s neo-feminist manifesto and memoir, How to Be a Woman? Done(TM)t read it with a full bladdere.You could spend a whole book group session flagging favorite linese..Theree(TM)s some comfort in Morane(TM)s book coming out so soon after Nora Ephrone(TM)s death.e
-Heller McAlpin, Barnes & Noble Review

eoeA spirited memoir/manifestoe.With equal amounts snarky brio and righteous angere.That such an important topic is couched in ribald humor makes reading about Morane(TM)s journey hilarious as well as provocativee.Rapturously irreverent, this book should kick-start plenty of useful discussions.e
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

eoeCaitlin Moran is a feminist heroine for our times. I cane(TM)t wait to give this book to my daughters.e
-Zoë Heller, author of The Believers

eoeCaitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. Shee(TM)s the feminist rock star we need right now; How to Be a Woman is an hilarious delight.e
-Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062124293
ISBN-13: 9780062124296
Published: Harper Perennial, 07/01/2012
Pages: 320
Language: English