Review: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

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I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. And, to start off with, I did. She was very funny when she talked about growing up. She said some true things about how young girls and women are treated. She was very funny talking about interacting with men, her jobs, and her marriage and children.

 

And, then she went completely off the rails by defending women’s bodies and then turning around in the next paragraph and shamed certain bodies. In the span of one paragraph, I went from totally being into this book to deciding I was pretty done with it.

Here’s why fat-shaming in the middle of a feminist book is a problem: Feminism should be about fighting for the dignity of all humans. We deserve our dignity regardless of our gender, race, religion and sexuality or whether we are cis or trans. We deserve our dignity regardless of whether or not we are healthy or perceived to be healthy. Human dignity and human rights are not up for negotiation. I may have read a few chapters beyond the fat-shaming, but I’m not sure I finished this book. I wanted so badly to like this book because it was on Emma Watson’s feminist book list. But, I also wanted this book written by a woman not that much older than me to be a little bit more aware of feminism is for all women and not just for women who are like the author.

So, 2 out of 10, do not recommend. Unless you are a lot more forgiving than problematic feminism than I am.

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