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Life Lessons From Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman

Hands up if you use the F word...No, the other one...Feminist! I've always fancied myself as a bit of a feminist, but, before I made myself a badge, I had some burning questions that needed answers.
#1 Can I be conscious of fine lines and wrinkles and still be a feminist?
#2 What if I don't hate men?
#3 Can you just have a quick run through of what a feminist is again?
Caitlin Moran's book 'How To Be A Woman' has the answers.
Caitlin Moran Book How To Be A Woman

If you're an avid fan of Caitlin Moran and you've already read this book, then okay okay, I'm late jumping on the bandwagon. Four years late if you're going to be an arse about it. If you haven't already read it, then get to it, you're four years late!!

The other weekend my TV aerial broke. My boyfriend couldn't fix it. He couldn't fix it because he was in Singapore. To be precise he was in a Formula 1 nightclub in Singapore, drinking complimentary champagne and grey goose vodka. He was having, and I quote, "an unreal night."

Meanwhile, at home, I couldn't get terrestrial TV to work. In that moment I hated my life. Dressing gown clad, I picked up How To Be A Woman and the unthinkable happened. I laughed. That's when I knew, this book must be really bloody good.

Life Lessons From How To Be A Woman

#1 On how to know if you're a feminist
Quote from book: " a) Do you have a vagina? and
                                b) Do you want to be in charge of it?"

#2 On men being feminists too
Quote from book: "A male feminist is one of the most glorious end-products of evolution...we ladies may all toast you, in champagne, before coveting your body wildly."

#3 On the first time you use sanitary towels
Quote from book: "The towels are thick, and cheap - stuck into my knickers, they feel like a mattress between my legs."

#4 On working out if a guy really likes you
Quote from book: "I think that, if he liked you, he'd just ... spend a lot more time with you, and say things like, "I really like you"

#5 On encountering sexism in the workplace
Quote from book: "...when the section editor asks me to sit in his lap, in order to discuss my 'promotion', I think, merely, more fool you, dude, and plonk down on him, heavily, then light a fag."

#6 On having babies
Quote from book: "Do you currently get wound up about poor customer service, or ill-made sandwiches, or how your legs look? You won't when you've been dragged backwards through the brightly burning gates of hell during a 48-hour labour."

#7 On reasons to not have babies
Quote from book: "Six weeks into being poleaxed by a new-born colicky baby ... and I would happily have shot the world's last panda in the face if it made the baby cry for 60 seconds less."

#8 On images of women in the media
Quote from book: "I've read more about Oprah Winfrey's arse than I have about the rise of China as an economic superpower. ... Perhaps China is rising as an economic superpower because it's women aren't spending all their time reading about Oprah Winfrey's arse."

If you're the female of the species, you need to read How To Be A Woman. You'll laugh, decide you are definitely a feminist, and wish that Caitlin Moran was one of your gal pals.

You don't have to throw out your Jolene Cream Bleach and stop shaving your legs. Moran makes feminism about a woman's choice. A right to be able to choose the life path that is right for each individual woman. She can choose to fix her own goddam TV aerial, or, ask her Dad to do it ... but whatever, she's still a feminist. Amen to that!

Have you read this book? Would you call yourself a feminist? I'm standing firmly with the floral scented uprising.

Thanks so much for reading. If you haven't already don't forget you can say hi on Twitter here and Instagram here xx


  1. Looks like this could really be an interesting read

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. Oh yes it's definitely worth the read. Such a funny book and loads I could relate to x x


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