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3.0 out of 5 stars More For The Younger 20's and 30's Crowd, May 17, 2012
This review is from: How to Be a Woman (Paperback)
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"How to Be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran had its ups and downs for me. It started out as a winner in my mind but seemed to get stuck on certain topics for much to long. Other topics didn't really hold much of an interest for me either.

Now, to be fair, I think I'm older than the target audience. While reading it I often thought of how I would have enjoyed the book more when I was younger. Some of the issues that must be very pressing to young women today just made me shake my head as I began to reminisce about the good old days when shaving our legs and arm pits was good enough for the men in our lives. No wonder so many younger women aren't happier. They are spending all of their free time worrying about body hair and all of their free time getting rid of it.

Marriage, kids, work, inter-office romance....I've seen it all. A case of the middle aged been there done that. But, it's all new to the younger women. They need to know these things and need to think about them.

I do like Caitlin's definition of what it takes to decide if you are a feminist or not. It made a lot of sense and was so much easier to understand than the speeches we had to listen to and Phil Donahue Shows we had to watch in the 70's. Back when we were first trying to figure out what a feminist was, could we be one, and if we were could we still keep our boyfriends. The younger women will love this book. The post menopausal space age boomers probably won't.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2012 12:42:40 PM PDT
M. Bolay says:
Good writing is good writing, period, and people of any age can appreciate it. I'm 48, and I loved every word. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 8:48:14 AM PDT
It is not the writing quality that the reviewer had issues with.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 2:46:37 PM PDT
balaboosta says:
I'm 56 and I laughed so hard I cried. I was part of the first wave feminism joining a conscious raising group at 14 in 1970 and I'm recommending this book to my daughters ages 18 and 22. Plus change.. as they say.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 5:59:16 PM PDT
KM Petrullo says:
I heard her on Terry Gross's "Fresh Air" interview program on NPR -- can't wait to read the book (ordering it NOW) and I am 59! She is not so young, herself --talked about her own teenage daughters... She did elaborate on the body hair issue on the radio, and was using it to put feminism into an historical perspective...

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 11:10:12 AM PDT
E. S. Millay says:
I love to read but I am having trouble getting through this book, am 26% (reading on Kindle). I heard the author on Fresh Air and thought she was hilarious and I LOVE the definition of feminism but a lot of what I read so far is just sad...young girls now waxing their pubic hair because that is what boys expect because they have learned about sex via pornography? What a sad commentary. I don't know if this makes me too old or what but I will try to finish it, as that is what I do but I thought I would come by Amazon and see what others think.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:35:44 PM PDT
Rebecca T says:
I am 41 and felt that her point of view was relevant to me.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 12:21:58 PM PDT
I loved this book! I'm 56 and have always considered myself a feminist - before I had any idea what that meant and through many years when it was unpopular to say it out loud. This book brings us to the 21st century with hilarious, laugh out loud, insightful writing. Ms. Moran lets everyone know that feminism is really just showing respect for everyone. For women, we call it feminism; minorities - bigotry, LBGT - homophobia.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 8:57:08 AM PST
Great review--I'm 38 but I understood your point of view--book should have been called something like "What I've Learned About Being a Sexual Woman So Far". I did enjoy it, and will probably be recommending it to others, but definitely not to my boomer age clients. Glad to know that many older women liked it, too, but I think a book titled "How to be a Woman" should probably be written by someone a tad older than myself and Ms. Moran. Do you write W.G.? If not, you should start!

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 2:54:23 PM PST
Susan Alcorn says:
I'm 71 and only halfway through the book, but I love it so far. Moran says audacious things I wouldn't dare say, but would like them said. Brazilian vs Italian--give me a break! I'm trying to figure out how to relay some of Moran's thoughts to my granddaughter before she is completely mislead by the messed up ideas out there about what is sexy and what a woman is. Much of what I've read is very funny, but Chapter 1, about porn, is not funny at all. I feel alternately sad and angry that young adults are gaining their sex education from porn flicks that are insensitive, crude, and dehumanizing. Sad because sex should be delightful for those involved; angry because those that produce this garbage are quite likely ruining the sex lives of the hundreds of thousands of young viewers who don't know what good sex really is!

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