I actually wrote this review on Wednesday and instead of saving the document, CLOSED it! Worst. Feeling. Ever. Well. Almost.
British journalist, Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman is a hilarious part memoir, part thought piece on feminism and other issues concerning gender equality. To emphasize some of her points, Caitlin shares anecdotes from her personal life, including her childhood in a working class family, identity and body issues she faced as a teenager, becoming a music journalist in a male-dominated industry, getting married and starting a family.
I listened to the audio book for How To Be A Woman and enjoyed hearing Caitlin’s voice ranting inside my ears. Although Caitlin her spin on feminism is nothing we haven’t heard before, I did nod along to the odd nugget of wisdom and laugh out loud to some of her memorable quips, such as:
“So here is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.
(a) Do you have a vagina? and
(b) Do you want to be in charge of it?
If you said ‘yes’ to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist.”
Overall, How To Be A Woman is light on substance and heavy on Caitlin’s joking. As much as I enjoyed hearing her speak so passionately about feminism and other subjects, I feel the conversation she is trying to start is greatly drowned out by the long and sometimes not very funny stories she shared.
For years, I have enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s interviews with musicians and celebrities because her loud, fan girl personality always makes the conversation much more interesting and unique. However, in How To Be A Woman, Caitlin’s chatty, exclaiming style interferes with her message. I realize listening to the audio book could be the problem and maybe I should go back and read the print book, but I still doubt I will learn anything earth-shatteringly new. Yet Caitlin’s enthusiasm truly is contagious and inspiring, and I hope she writes another book in the near future. As she says: “If you eat enough books, you start pooping out words.”