It sure isnâ€™t easy being a girl, but Caitlin Moranâ€™s got some pointers in her book, How To Be A Woman. In this part-memoir, part-rant, the TV critic and columnist for The Times in London takes us on a journey from puberty to motherhood. With each chapter title, she exclaims like a little kid, â€śI start to bleed!â€ť â€śI get furry!â€ť But donâ€™t be fooled, this book is about more than periods and pubic hair.
Yes, Moran does her fair share of reminiscing, but sheâ€™s really looking to start a larger conversation about womanhood. She has a tendency to go on tangents, but when she stays on point, her arguments are hilarious and spot on. When questioning why there is such a lack of passion portrayed in female-friendly porn she asks, â€śIn a world where you can get a spare kidney, a black-market Picasso, or a ticket to ride into space, why canâ€™t I see some actual sex?â€ť She urges women to rethink Brazilians and go â€śvagina retro,â€ť and makes a good argument for why Batman might be more of a feminist role model then say, Hillary Clinton. Moran even explains the real test to decide if youâ€™re a feminist: â€śDo you have a vagina and do you want to be in charge of it?â€ť
This isnâ€™t a self-help guide, and Moranâ€™s not really telling you how to be a woman. Instead, sheâ€™s giving you permission to laugh: at ourselves, at her, and at anyone who thinks thereâ€™s only one way to be a woman.
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By Shannon Carlin
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