My Life In Books: Beth Kirkbride


How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

HowToBeWoman pb cCaitlin Moran wears Doc Martens, lots of eyeliner, has slightly crazy hair and writes for a living. I would love to be her.

Reading Moran’s How To Be A Woman, it is hard not to be won over by her honesty. From the squeamish intricacies of masturbation to the lengths she went to in order to establish herself as a journalist, there is a lot for readers to admire in her work. Whilst you don’t have to agree with Moran’s views on abortion, like her taste in music or the fact that she writes for a newspaper that has a pay-barrier, it is very hard not to agree that Moran is her own person.

Her writing voice is very distinctive; she is funny, crude and self-deprecating. Reading her work is like chatting with a friend over coffee. You come away from the conversation relieved that somebody else feels the same as you. She is somebody who not only shares your insecurities and secrets, but somebody who can articulate them in a wildly charming manner.

Caitlin Moran is a feminist, and has done great things in terms of raising the profile of a vital movement. But she’s more than that: she’s a human being. She’s a human being who shows readers you don’t have to be perfect. This is exactly why I look up to her.

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