Review: How To Be a Woman

How To Be a Woman
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Billed as “The Female Eunuch” for the 21st century, it doesn’t really live up to that claim, but it is an entertaining and at times thought provoking read about the role of contemporary women. Caitlin Moran kept a diary as a teenager and she recalls tales from those years – about being fat, fashion, lifestyle etc – and then relates her experiences to issues relevant to women today.

The aim of her book is for her to discover what being a woman is, and her conclusion – and one that I heartily agree with – is that it’s to be true to yourself, rather than trying to conform to any ideal. I especially enjoyed the chapters on hair – let your pubic hair grow naturally rather than going for the razor, yay!! – and shoes – Caitlin likes flatties, and so do I!

So all in all I didn’t feel this was as groundbreaking as it claims to be, but I did thoroughly enjoy it, and came away maybe even slightly more comfortable in my own skin.

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