How to be a Woman

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Press)
Caitlin Moran is my new favourite person in the world. If you buy one book this year, let How to be a woman be the one.

She talks about women’s underwear, sexual harassment, being fat, what you should call your genitals, whether you should shave, working in a male dominated environment, breastfeeding, sexism, masturbating etc.

This woman is brilliant. Brilliantly clever but almost more importantly brilliantly funny.

My husband and I had to take turns reading parts of the book aloud to each other because if you sit next to someone, splitting your sides laughing, that person is bound to keep asking you why.

Not only is this book incredibly readable and infinitely enjoyable – it is also an IMPORTANT book. She makes extremely important social observations but in a way that is so non-preachy and delightful that it certainly doesn’t feel like you’re reading an important feminist book. I know I've used "important" about a million times now, but that's what it is!

You will also learn handy tips like:

 - Wondering if something is valid and necessary or if it's just patriarchic bullshit can easily be solved by asking the following question: Are the boys doing it?

 - Wondering if someone is being sexist towards you can easily solved by asking: Is what this person is doing polite?

 - Yellow shoes are surprisingly versatile and go with almost anything.

I could go on about the wondrousness of this book for days, but I’m going to stop wasting time you could be spending reading Caitlin Moran.

Go on. Buy it.

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