At a time when feminism is almost frowned upon, even by women, Moran sets off to argue that there is a feminist in every woman, and she does so using thoroughly entertaining prose. How To Be A Woman tackles all those aspects that constantly hold back women from being themselves and living a life. Highly influenced and outraged by the sexism and differential treatment faced by women in all walks of life, Moran presents a spread of 16 chapters that comprise interesting arguments and shocking revelations.
The author starts the book with a rather funny story of her 13th birthday, and cruises through chapters asking quintessential questions about motherhood, the workplace, fat, love, and popular entertainment. In the chapter that discusses feminism, Moran accounts how even the modern woman with her right to the pill and the vote, is not liberated in the true sense of it. And in one of the subsequent chapters, she wonders why wearing heels or shorter pants should define the attractiveness of any woman and talks about the fashion industry feeding on this unhealthy social conditioning.
The book further examines a wide range of topics such as getting Brazilians, using Botox and stalling baby questions. It also very sensitively takes on the concerns and laws around abortion and sexism that are bogging down today's women and their right to true freedom. With her wit, verve and insight, Moran challenges the so-called liberal society's backsliding attitude towards women and feminism.
First published in 2011, How To Be A Woman has sold more than 400,000 copies in about 16 countries. It has also won the Galaxy National Book Award and the Irish Book Award.
About Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran is a British writer, broadcaster and TV critic.
The Chronicles Of Narmo and Moranthology are her other books.
Born as Catherine Elizabeth Moran in 1975 in Brighton, England, Moran attended school for a very short time before being home-schooled by her parents. Although she had been writing since her early teen years, she wrote her first novel at the age of 16. That was also when she started her career in journalism at a weekly music publication called Melody Maker. Her television career began in 1992 when she started hosting Naked City, a music show on Channel 4. Moran is now an acclaimed TV critic and a regular columnist for The Times where she writes the famous Celebrity Watch and 2 other columns. She has been the recipient of many awards including the British Press Awards for Columnist of The Year in 2010, Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in 2011.