So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.
a) Do you have a vagina? and
b) Do you want to be in charge of it?
If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist.
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran was the April book from the feminist book club on Goodreads called Our Shared Shelf started by Emma Watson. I am continually thankful for this book group as it has really opened my horizons to some truly fantastic and interesting books that I don't know I would have necessarily picked up on my own. I had heard SO much about this book in particular that I was starting to wonder if it was fated for me to read it. Yes, I have definitely fallen under Caitlin Moran's spell. I challenge anyone to read this book and not think she's the epitome of awesomeness. The basic premise of this book is that Caitlin feels that she has never truly known how to be a "woman" in all the ways that society/family/ourselves tell us are the defining characteristics of a "woman". She talks about growing up in a family of 8 as the oldest in a very poor household and her journey in discovering her place in feminism. However, it was her no-holds-barred satirical take on the pitfalls of trying to mold ourselves to fit one perfect mold that made me truly love this book. 10/10 highly recommend
PS This is definitely an adult book. So be prepared.
I've written before about how much I despised Lena Dunham's "feminist" memoir, and all I could think while reading this was that it's the middle-aged British equivalent. It's hypocritical with an understanding of history so narrow it's painfully trite.
Moran argues that women haven't been present in the world's successes because women are the physically weaker sex and therefore couldn't participate in the creation of the world. She praises pornography while wholeheartedly denigrating women who participate in its creation.
I am so tired of boring women with no empathy or ability to critically examine their own arguments telling me how to be a good woman and good feminist. I swear to god I'm going to write my own book just so we can all stop reading this insulting nonsense.
I couldn't help but add a few more books to my nightstand book pile. I have been meaning to read Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild for years and this is my chance to cross it off my list. I heard about How To Be A Woman from Emma Watson's Book Club and thought it was an interesting read. I haven't decided which one I will read first but I can't wait to dive in.