Caitlin Moran is an award winning British journalist for The Times. This book is part memoir and part feminist rant. She makes her points through deeply personal stories and uses humor so deftly she doesn’t come across as grating when she shouts in all caps. I found myself nodding my head and seeing myself in her personal experiences.
While this book is at times profane, I wish I had had a copy of this book as a teenager. She feels like a funny best friend who you can swap horror stories with about the pains of growing up, dating and finding your voice in this world.
I devoured this book in a matter of days and found myself reading quotes I found particularly funny to my husband in bed.
Here are some of them:
“When I hear women talking about how their wedding is going to be/was the best day of their life, I can’t help but think, you just haven’t taken enough MDMA in a field at 3am love.”
“Like with bitching. There is currently this idea that feminists aren’t supposed to bitch about each other.
‘That’s not very feministic of you,’ people will say, if I slag off another woman. ‘What about the sisterhood?’ people cry, when Julie Burchill lays into Camille Paglia, or Germaine Greer has a pop at Suzanne Moore.
Well personally, I believe that feminism will get you so far and then you have to start bitching. When did feminism become confused with Buddhism? Why on earth have I, because I am a woman, got to be nice to everyone? And why have women – on top of everything else – got to be particularly careful to be ‘lovely’ and ‘supportive’ to each other at all times? This idea of the ‘sisterhood’ I find, frankly, illogical. I don’t build in a 20 percent ‘Genital Similarity Regard-Bonus’ if I meet someone else wearing a bra, If someone’s an arsehole, someone’s an arsehole – regardless of whether we’re both standing in the longer toilet queue at festivals or not.”
In today’s world this book should be mandatory reading for all women. Not only does she make me laugh like Tina Fey or Lena Dunham, she also reminds me that sometimes misogyny is a subtle foe. Let this book inspire you and fill you with righteous indignation, then pass it along to your best friend.