Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The New Face of Feminism: HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran


Though they have the right to vote, access to the Pill, and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life has not exactly been a stroll down the catwalk for the modern woman. They are beset by choices, uncertainties, and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant noise and constant societal pressure about having babies? And do men secretly hate them?

At a time when more than 70 percent of American women don’t consider themselves to be feminists, award-winning British writer Caitlin Moran offers in How to Be a Woman a provocative, funny, and much-needed polemic on the contemporary state of feminism:  a perfect cutting-edge book for today's Women's Studies students.

Moran interweaves her funny, common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, from her terrible thirteenth birthday (“I am overweight, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me”) through the riot of adolescence to her life as a writer, wife, and a mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth—whether it’s the workplace, love, fat, body image, popular entertainment, or children.

Irreverent, funny, and deceptively serious, How to Be a Woman ignites a new conversation about feminism for students, laying bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women, but for society itself.        


Praise for How to Be a Woman:   

"There are lots of things to love about Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman. . . . A glorious, timely stand against sexism so ingrained we barely even notice it. It is, in the dour language [Moran] militates so brilliantly against, a book that needed to be written."—New York Times    

"It is bracing in this season of losing [Nora] Ephron to discover a younger feminist writer who scrimmages with the patriarchy and drop kicks zingers with comic flair. . . . A must-read for anyone curious to find out just how very funny a self-proclaimed 'strident feminist' can be."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air   

 "A genuinely original talent."—Germaine Greer, The Times (London)  

"Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I don't want to be like her—I want to be her. But if I can't, at least I can relish her book. You will, too."—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter

"Caitlin Moran is a feminist heroine for our times. I can't wait to give this book to my daughters."—ZoĆ« Heller, author of The Believers

"Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. She's the feminist rock star we need right now; How to Be a Woman is a hilarious delight."—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother