52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #29

How to Be a WomanHow to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Total Reading Time: 2.5 hours

Review: I saw this book touted as the UK’s version of “Bossypants” but Tina Fey was better. This book is just on the verge of becoming a diatribe which didn’t appeal to me. But it did have some good quotes.

  • “Personally, I feel the time has come for women to introduce their own Zero Tolerance policy on the Broken Window issues in our lives–I want a Zero Tolerance policy on ‘All the Patriarchal Bullshit.'”
  •  “There’s a whole generation of people who’ve confused ‘feminism’ with ‘anything to do with women.’ ‘Feminism’ is seen as absolute interchangeable with ‘modern women’–on one hand, a cheering reminder of what feminism has done, but on the other, a political, lexical, and grammatical mess.”
  •  “If women’s liberation truly comes to pass–as the slow, unstoppable gravity of social and economic change suggests it must–then it’s going to work out pretty peachy for men, too. If I were the patriarchy I would, frankly, be thrilled at the idea of women finally getting an equal crack of the whip. Let’s face it–the patriarchy must be knackered by now. It’s been 100,000 years without even so much as a tea break: men have been flat-out ruling the world. … Because it’s not as if strident feminists want to take over from men. We’re not arguing for the whole world. Just our share.”

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