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Because life is too short to feel guilty about not being a perfect woman Let s get realCaitlin Moran is wicked funny and painfully awkwardly truthful in this book Rather than harp on the theoretical implications of modern feminism Moran skips the arguments and says simply Feminism is having a vagina and wanting to be in charge of it Ding dingShe manages to address the horrors of childbirth and the joys of parenting the conundrum of naming of vaginas and the unnecessary discomfort of women hiring domestic help all with a deft hand and abundant use of italics As an added bonus you ll learn a fair amount of confounding British slang A girlfriend gave me this book and I continue to pass it forward I wonder what amazingness would occur if very girl received this book on her 15th birthday We could all save ourselves so much time Warehouse Management effort and angst Read this book now then give it away No one hasver claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of their I Little Slave existence and were the poorer and crippled by it Da Vinci Van Gough Newton Faraday Plato Auinas Beethoven Handel Kant Hume Jesus They all seem to have managed childlessness uite well uite an uneven readingxperience a fault I largely blame on the marketing of this book How to Be a Woman is touted as basically Feminism now with jokes And that s a concept that I could get onboard with I would consider myself a feminist I would consider myself moderately amusing at times and I would consider myself a fan of Caitlin Moran s white streak in her wild mane a bit reminiscent of the 90 s version of Rogue So yes let s do this I want to feel The Stall (Pony In Training empowered as a woman I want to laugh and I want to rewatch the X Men cartoons on NetflixThis was reaffirmed when I heard an NPR interview with Caitlin Moran She spoke intelligently about a variety of topics facing women and was very humorous in doing so She sounded like someone I would like funny self deprecating and smartSo did the book live up to myxpectations Not so much The main reason is that instead of a funny feminist manifesto the book is basically a memoir that should have been titled How to Be Caitlin Moran Not that that is a bad thing as I still find Moran likable but I generally do not like memoirs I was THIEME Atlas of Anatomy expecting a book of ideas And there are wide swaths of Moran s life that I simply can t relate to Other than the chapter I Am a Feminist there s surprisingly little feminism in the book other than sprinkling the term strident feminist in some seemingly incongruous places such as But what am I wearing now As a strident feminist how am I dressed 202 in the chapter I Get Into Fashion As though there s some sort of feminist dress code It may be simpler to split this up into what I did and did not like about the book so without further adoWhat I Did Like About the Book1 From the chapter on feminism Moran presents a simple test for discovering whether or not you re a feminist So here is the uick way of working out if you re a feminist Put your hand in your underpants 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 75 She makes the point that almostvery woman in the Western world is a feminist whether they like being associated with that dirty word or not Even women who say they re not feminists are Sanibel Virgin enjoying the fruits of feminism as there was a time when a woman wasn t allowed to have an opinion let alonexpress it Being in charge to have an opinion let alone Way of the Shaman express it Being in charge one s reproductive rights is a much larger issue than that of abortion Deciding for yourself if you want to have one child fifteen children or none at all thank you very much is a right women haven t traditionally had before Being able to saynough already is certainly a right women should be thankful for as so many women who came before us dropped a kid yearly preferably sometime between clearing away the breakfast dishes and making supper2 Moran s funny unapologetically irreverent take on Gallowglass everything I didn t always agree with her views but admired that she had the daring to say them If there s one thing you can t claim it s that she s inauthentic3 Her chapter on marriages Weddings have become a ridiculously high pricedvent that generally makes The Inclusion Imperative everyone involved miserable4 Thextremely honest chapter about her own The Public-Private Partnership Handbook experience with abortion Agree or disagree with abortion so many make up their mind without having lived through it or you know asking the women of a society what they think Reading about it from a personal level brings up some interesting points for thought and reflection5 Moments like this This is the first time I ve really been out in the world and met adults Previously all my socializing took place on the dance floor and in the bathroom of the Raglan a tiny dark pit populated by fringed boot wearing teenagersssentially a playpen with a bar Our innocence was obvious it shone in our faces the same way our teeth glowed white under the UV light Yes people were having sex and fighting and spreading rumors and taking drugs but it was What Next After School ? essentially like tiger cubs knockingach other around claws velveted We were all ual There was
No Calculation Or Recrimination Everything Was Forgotten calculation or recrimination Everything was forgotten a nap 117 I just like thatWhat I Did Not Like About the Book1 Dear GOD I did not like all of the FREAKING UNNECESSARY CAPITALIZATION that made me feel like I was reading an unhinged TEENAGER S DIARY And for the love of all that is punctuation would someone please remove the xclamation mark from Moran s keyboard Early in the book I thought this was just an affectation meant to show how the teenage Moran thought and felt however it continued unrelentingly throughout the A Home of Another Kind entire book Every single chapter titlended with an The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy exclamation 2 There were some suirm worthy moments I did notnjoy reading about Moran s African Successes, Volume I earlyxperiences with menstruation I did not Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, enjoy the suggestion that one should taste one s menstrual blood I did notnjoy the suggestion that one should name one s vagina and one s breasts Granted I m the type of person who perpetually lives in fear of TMI Caitlin Moran clearly does not3 The suggestion that Lady GaGa is a feminist and should be placed upon a pedestal To me a feminist icon should be one who presents ideas GaGa strikes me as someone who is reaping the benefits of feminism but not adding much new to the conversation She is definitely a polarizing lightning rod but in the realm of image and sexuality She definitely confronts and shatters stereotypes but beyond that adds little to the conversation 4 The fact that there s so little feminism in a book supposedly about feminismCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder Much as there is to uibble over a strictly academic handling of feminist thought if your introduction to feminism began here chances are you will be tempted to think that. Baksidestext Det har aldrig varit lättare att vara kvinna Vi har rösträtt och p piller och vi har inte blivit brända som häxor sedan 1700 talet Men det återstår några små frågor Varför måste vi ta bort allt hår på kroppen Varför Like Lady GaGa She appears to have a feminist standpoint and that is very very good In my opinion she s not a feminist symbol by any stretch of the imaginaiton Although Moran could Lehrbuch Der Physiologie easily have made the case that she was what irritated me most of all was that Moran s analysis of GaGa never went beyond a giggly teenage girl with an idol who thinks that said idol is awesome and so has no real sense ofvaluation She calls Lady GaGa her idol and refers to an intimate not sexually intimate guys don t go there Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. experience with GaGa in a sex club She reminded me a lot of that girl who gets taken for a whirlwind with the rich popular girl and comes back down toarth starry Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes eyed completely refusing to hear a bad thing about her idolThe most jarring thing for me was the way that Moran backed up all her hyperbolising with one anecdote that GaGa refused to do an album shoot while down in the sand touching herself I m paraphrasing I don t have a copy of the book to hand Is that feminist Yes she refused to be objectified on her body But with one Google search I turn up a picture of GaGa circa Telephone with Beyonce wearing nothing but what looks like some leather straps and leather boots arms hiding the gory bits but with no doubt that GaGa is at the very least 98% naked She s not uite down in the sand touching herself but she s not far off Ditto the lesbian kisses in the Telephone video It should be noted that I consider itveryone s right to be whatever the hell they want and with whoever the hell they want The point is that this wasn t done to show a lesbian relationship for God s sake they re in an all women prison because GaGa s character poisoned her boyfriend Not Marketing Excellence 3 exactly the most positive portrayal of lesbianism which makes the kiss and the provocative dancing in barely there underwear obvious titillationThe worstxample of this in the book is Germaine Greer However this is me ranting YARN Essentials emotionally I cannot stand Germaine Greer Let s leave at that shall weI just found all of Moran s arguments totally one sided narrow minded and slightly creepy for their complete inability to take the full picture into account Anotherxample of this was her burlesue vs stripping argument I know next to nothing abou Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, either but I would be very surprised if burlesue was made for women by women as Moran claims to state What was most mind boggling about this book though was Moran s inability to accept her own uirkiness I really hate the word uirky but there is no other way to describe it For instance her father said to her Remember you re a Womble before walking her down the aisle and oh how I laughed Her mum yelled out about her pubic hair in front of her father and her various mixed sex siblings I don t think that normal reallyxists but I do think that Moran has particularly uniue Black on Blonde experiences which she undermines by behaving as though they are commonplace I ve never known a single woman who has named her vagina or her breasts That being said I am as I said above seventeen I m aware that this might be a problem I run into later in life when I might actually have to addressither of those two anatomatical areas rather than just avoiding them altogether But Moran presents all of this stuff as totally normal Yes all women have weird names for their vaginas Yes all women have weird names for their breasts But Moran has a whole Twitter community to back her up on those things However I would bet that most of the women who replied were the ones who ran into this problem as Moran herself obviously
has it seems that on twitter if you It seems that on Twitter if you t have anything to add you don t SAY that you have nothing to add You just don t add anything I would be very surprised if Moran received many tweets that could be summarised as lol what or no I don t do that shit and ually if the Tweeters who replied to her made up any than a minority of the female British population ETA also I was having a uick look at the uotes page on our very own Goodreads and I could not help but see thisIf you want to know what s in motherhood for you as a woman then in truth it s nothing you couldn t get from say reading the 100 greatest nothing you couldn t get from say reading the 100 greatest in human history learning a foreign language well nough to argue in it climbing hills loving recklessly sitting uietly alone in the dawn drinking whisky with revolutionaries learning to do close hand magic swimming in a river in winter growing foxgloves peas and roses calling your mum singing while you walk being polite and always always helping strangers No one has American Nietzsche ever claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of theirxistence and were the poorer and crippled by it Note I believe that both men and women have a right to have or not have children and that women without children should not be treated as motional cripples for it Although I do actually feel as though Moran short changed the joy of having children but maybe that s what you get for being raised by a mother who was by her own admission absolutely desperate to have them But am I the only one who sees the problem with this uote She says that Nothing in motherhood is something you couldn t get fromcalling your mum I didn t notice this when I read it I don t read that closely dudes but seriously Moran has just used vidence of a would be mother s motherchild relationship with her own mother as a reason why you shouldn t have children My opinion seriously faulty analysis If ringing your own mother gives you such happiness why wouldn t you want to pass that on God now I sound like someone who is advocating the all women must have babies stance I m just making the point that I don t think Moran is helping her case here Even where Moran cannot really be faulted on her analysis such as in weddings or in her Why You ShouldShouldn t Have Children sections although I was pissed that Why You Should Have Children seemed to revolve almost totally around her own Berlioz and His Century experiences of childbirth it is not the revolutionary piece of literature the back blurb hails It s very blah very typical Nothing you couldn t seevery other day in one magazine or another She Aristotles Rhetoric even presents stuff that seem to be part of accepted culture like the fact that weddings cost too much for too little as though she is the first personver to have thought of them Even during the Why You ShouldShouldn t Have Children sections I found myself saying Well I could have told you that And as a seventeen year old who has never been pregnant or Blood Runs Green even babysat a child I m pretty sure that shows how stale pathetic and shallow most of Moran s supposedly fresh insight wasIn short this long vitriolic review can be summed up in one letterDear Caitlin MoranPlease do not let anyone market your book as The Female Eunuch if it is in fact a pretty good memoir hiding behind some stereotypically teenage standard analysisThank you. Tser och strippklubbar genom kärlek övervikt abort shopping och moderskap Det är som att få förtroenden frånn god vän – ocensurerat ärligt och fruktansvärt roligtKonsten att vara kvinna är tt självbiografiskt feministiskt manifes.