3 September 2012

How to be a Woman

It's been a while since I did a book review here on my blog, and they are something I want to keep up and keep doing. So today I am going to share with you one of my favourite reads not only of 2012, but of my life. 

How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran.

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To say this book changed my life, would be an incredibly unjust understatement. This book literally changed my life. It changed the way I look at myself, in every respect. It changed the way I view the World and others in it. It changed the way I look at certain stereotypes and cemented feelings already bubbling deep within. Every girl, and every guy, needs to read this book. You need to. 

Caitlin Moran has written this book perfectly, in a way which tackles any misconceptions about feminism, whilst sharing her life and experiences. This book made me laugh, made me embarrassed, sad and happy. The way Caitlin shares all of her experiences from a young girl, to a confused teenager and now, a woman, is endearing. So many things Caitlin experienced and shares with us, resonated with me and my past and the way I have looked at both myself and the World around me for so many years. 

This book isn't a 'You must become a feminist, NOW!' kind of book. It's a book which asks you to look at things from a more gentle, light-hearted point of view, in an attempt to make you realise that being who you are, is OK. That it is OK to be a woman. It is OK to feel the way you do, be confused about everything, and curious about anything. It's a book I would recommend til the cows came home (funny old saying!) and would happily buy for both friends, and family.

This book changed my life.


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  1. I was actually really upset that I didn't enjoy this book! I don't know why - I'm a bit of a feminist (not burning my bra kind) and I like to think I have a sense of humour! I got nothing from reading this book so I gave it away :s I think I'm the only person who didnt love it. The only part I did like was the overeating part, but I can really relate to that!

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  2. I finished this book at the beginning of the year. And it changed the way I view things too. I absolutely adored it. :) xx

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    1. Think you totally hit the nail on the head there - sites like adiosbarbie, beyondchocolate (as far as that goes into feminism anyway!) and numerous authors have been my brain food for a long time so maybe Moran's book was just telling me what I already know!

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  5. This sounds like something I might actually enjoy reading. I'll put it on my 'to read' list thanks. X

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  6. Deleted my previous post because it got misconstrued, though I would have appreciated you perhaps asking me to clarify before slating me on Twitter where I was obviously going to see it because I follow you on there and here as a blogger I like. I'm having a shitty enough time at the moment. A dissenting opinion is not an attack on you or anyone else for that matter, nor was I trying to act like I'm any cleverer than anyone else or my opinion any more valid than anyone else's- just saying why I think I felt the way I did about the book.

    For the record, I like Caitlin Moran, her writing style and thought the book was in places, very funny. I just didn't think she brought anything particularly new to the table. That's all.

    Sorry if it was awkwardly worded, I've been on the brink of a panic attack for best part of the day. I was only reading this to try and take my mind off things, as it was a blogger I like talking about a book I've read on a topic I am interested in- perfect, no? I quite like debating on this sort of thing, hence why I left a comment cause I wasn't that much of a fan of it, kinda like the first poster. Then maybe someone tells me I'm missing something, I read it again, I agree. Who knows.
    x

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  7. I'm about two thirds of the way through this and loving it so far :) x

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  8. I really enjoyed this book; it was funny and didn't take itself too seriously. I especially enjoyed the chapter on 'why not to have kids' as I think that women who aren't sure they want to have kids, like myself, often get viewed as 'unnatural'. It was nice to see someone talking about it.
    I didn't agree with everything in the book. But the thing I liked about it is that Caitlin Moran doesn't seem to feel like you HAVE to agree with her. I can agree with bits and not with others and still enjoy the book as it stands.
    S xx

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  9. I cannot agree more with you on this book! It is amazing and life changing and it most certainly made me stand on a chair and say 'I am a feminist'. Caitlin Moran is goddess amongst women! I found it was 100% honest, on issues especially others wouldn't ever dream of covering in fear of being shunned upon. It has changed my views and opinions very much so as well. I cannot wait to read her new book Moranthology!

    Love Becky xxx
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  10. I've been meaning to read it for ages since I've heard so much about it. Thanks for the review, I'm definitely gonna read it now!

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  11. Why have I never seen this?! I need to buy (in 99 days time!)

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    xx

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  12. I nominated you for the Sunshine Award on my blog, check it out here! :) xoxo

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  13. oh you've instilled a passion in me to read this book, I've yet to finish my current one and begin another one I have in line. This one might just skip the queue. Great review.Sounds like the perfect book! x

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  14. I've read this book a couple of times now, and I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by it. There are some truly hilarious and brilliant bits in it (what her dad says to her when he walks her down the aisle), but I thought that it was a bit exhausting to read when she's ranting. I think I just wish it was a bit more her memoirs and a bit less rant like in places, I don't know - personal opinion! xxx


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  15. I've been meaning to read this for a while now, but after reading your review will make sure I do sooner, rather than later!

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  16. Have wanted to read this for so long! x

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  17. I hadn't even heard of this book before but it sounds really good. I will definitely be putting it on my reading list xx

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  18. I actually really enjoyed the book! I personally took it as a view on feminism where it was more about how you grew as a woman and became happy within yourself. I felt more confident as a woman after reading it, I realise some may have not felt this way and that's fine, but for me I had a different view on how I held my head up about certain issues!

    I don't think it was written to meet everyones expectations, it's more of a memoir than anything. If you find something in common with her along the way then that's wonderful, if you don't then just take it as that, something you don't find common ground with and that's fine.

    I just found it lovely to read about certain instances where I felt the same, it was reassuring to read about another girl's insecurities and how she overcame them to be a confident woman.

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  19. I really like female writers. As a feminist, I really enjoy Elisabeth Badinter and Jessica Valenti. Will surely check this book out. Thank you! x

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  20. Ive seen this around a few places and have been rather intrigued. Ill have to pick it up now that you have given it such a lovely review :)

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  21. I've been curious about this book for a while so it's nice to read another opinion xx

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  22. This book is brutally honest, hysterically funny, and socially and politically relevant. I love this book and will have my daughters read it when they come of age.
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