Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What-I'm-Reading-Wednesday: How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

If you are looking for something hilarious to read this summer, look no further than Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman. This spunky English comedienne writes poignantly about the ups and downs of womanhood, using humor to accentuate the social injustices wrought upon the female sex. There is no topic too taboo. She questions everything from the unnecessary yet culturally-expected removal of body hair ("All the wildlife has gone. The bulldozers have moved in.") to the media's need to "humanize" and "feminize" strong women in powerful positions ("Let her keep her work face on. Let her seem a little indomitable and distant.").

Moran shares funny personal anecdotes, stories from her childhood, and conversations with friends. The style of the book itself is conversational and lends itself to her message. She is insightful and comical without belaboring her points. Moran expertly delves into sexism that is so socially and culturally ingrained in our societies that we fail to notice that there might be something wrong. If you're after something wickedly funny yet engaging and thoughtful, give Caitlin Moran a try.

Request How To Be a Woman now from the Library catalog. Click on the "Availability" link on the catalog record, then click on the yellow "Request" button. Log in using your 14-digit Library barcode number (located on your University ID), and your last name. You will then be able to select your pick-up location. The Library will notify you via email when your book has arrived for pick-up. If you need assistance with this process, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395.

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