How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
So this is a book that has been on my shelf for nearly a year now. I’d been recommended it by countless women, saying, “there’s no way you can’t be a feminist after reading this book, this book will make you proud to be a woman, this is how every woman should be thinking.” It was because of that kind of feedback that I decided to wait until the hype died down, I’d done some of my own research into “womanhood” and was ready to take in all of the wisdom that was about to be offered to me. Even after all of that I came into this book a little naive and here’s why.
Caitlin Moran is freaking hilarious, she is raw, she is bold and she is funny. There were some stories in this book that I just couldn’t quite believe but also could wholeheartedly see happening, blurring the lines of reliability. I did not expect her to be so funny, rather I thought this would be quite serious.
Caitlin has seen and has done a great many things, Caitlin’s books is very relatable, at first, then when we see her grow and move away, get exciting jobs it becomes a little estranged for me, I don’t get to party with celebs or move out at an early age, I do not have very little knowledge about puberty or general life. However, she manages to draw you into her situation and you find the message of the stories far more relatable than the context.
I don’t think I have allowed myself the time nor the permission to think about some of the hard hitting topics that Caitlin had brought up. I have completed two degrees in which feminism is at the forefront, I have done research and talked about some complicated shit, however, I was not prepared to feel as uncomfortable with myself and my lack of unworldliness. Caitlin opened my eyes.
What I was expecting from this book was a play-by-play of a typical girl blossoming into womanhood (eugh), I was pleasantly surprised. Caitlin’s brutal honesty and outright disregard for social-norms is refreshing. I would want my little girl to read this book, I want her to know that it is ok to have out of the box ideas and be unapologetically you. I want her to know that through this book I looked inward at myself and realised all of the barriers I had put upon myself without even realising. Yes the book has times of lighthearted humour however, it never tells me what to think, rather it opens up conversation. Conversation about feminism, gender roles, sexuality and hard hitting topics like the realities of motherhood and the concept of abortion. Caitlin tackles them all. I loved this book. I would read this book again and I would urge you to give it a try too.