Review: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

 Book review | How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran | 3 stars

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Translated by: Susanne Reinker
Read by: Ulrike Grote
Cover photo: Getty Images
Cover design: Sabine Wimmer
HörbucHHamburg 2012
ISBN 978 3 89903 366 3



Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn’t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

Bullet-point review


+ funny
+ recognizable
+ the feels

– important aspects of certain topics left out

Full Review

In general, I really enjoyed listening to this book. Several interesting feminist points were brought up, though none of them particularly new to me. This of course isn’t at all necessary and didn’t bother me: I didn’t listen to it because I wanted to discover something new.

However, while several issues were discussed very nicely, I came across two topics where I really missed something. Perhaps because I listened to the abridged version? Anyway, on the topic of bras, it wasn’t really pointed out that going bra-less is an option as well. Just how great it is to take off your bra after wearing it for a while? Then, why doesn’t it come up that not wearing it at all could be done too? Secondly, she talked about women in history and how women didn’t amount to much. What I really missed here, and is even more disturbing in my opinion, is that no mention was made of the erasure of women from history, and the fact that history, until recently was only seen through the eyes of men. Many women have contributed greatly to history, only to have their ideas stolen by men. None of this was even mentioned, which I thought was upsetting.

Apart from that all her points were thoughtfully illustrated.


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