Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

I adore Caitlin Moran.

I credit her (and my friend Kitty) for introducing me to feminism. Before How to be a Woman I would have backed away from Feminism, reading Moran’s book was an experience I didn’t even realise I needed. So as soon as I knew she would be publishing a new book, I knew I would have to read it.

moranifesto“When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favourite pieces for her new book she realised that they all seemed to join up. Turns out, it’s the same old problems and the same old ass-hats.

Then she thought of the word ‘Moranifesto’, and she knew what she had to do…

This is Caitlin’s engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

And whilst never afraid to address the big issues of the day – such as Benedict Cumberbatch and duffel coats – Caitlin also makes a passionate effort to understand our 21st century society and presents us with her ‘Moranifesto’ for making the world a better place.

The polite revolution starts here! Please.” GoodReads.

You’re sensing a ‘but’ now right?

But.

For me, Caitlin Moran is entry-level feminism and politics. So when I came to read Moranifesto it wasn’t what I needed. It’s wonderful, covering a lot of ground and by the latter half covers some interesting topics: the perception of the working class, women’s rights, immigration, to name but a few. It’s full of commentary that if condensed would simply say ‘be nice to each other’.

Moranifesto is predominantly a collection of her earlier articles, so for people like me who have read Mornathology, it will feel familiar. These articles come with an over all commentary that loosely ties the book together and while they are all meant to tie together for this over arching theme, some ties seem at best, tenuous.

As something to ignite a desire for change in someone perhaps not open to politics or women’s rights, this is fantastic book. Entertainment wise it is nothing but brilliant. However, I wanted more, something with more depth (and less articles). Moran also doesn’t offer up much in the way of solutions, although by the end of the book I felt far more politically minded.

Though, while I may have needed more it was well worth the reading. If I were a teenage girl, this would be the best thing I’d ever read. If I’d had this book at 15, I would have been an utterly different (more confident) young woman.

Moran writes for The Times, which has a pay wall, I recommend buying Moranifesto if only to read what the pay wall denies.

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Kya
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It’s good that you enjoyed it and it might be a kind of good book to introduce people to it. Maybe she will write another one that will have all the things you want, that would be great.

stephaniepomfrett
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I’m currently reading it (I’ve read her other stuff) and have to say, her piece on the death of Thatcher was spot on.
I definitely get what you’re saying about feminism- I read HTBAW after I’d read some pretty hefty feminist stuff, so I saw it as part of the canon (so to speak). I would definitely give a copy to all teenage girls, along with The Handmaid’s Tale and boxsets of Buffy and Daria. It’s a gateway drug for feminism that hopefully leads women and girls onto more research of their own.

Angie
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Really interested in your review. I haven’t read it but heard Caitlin Moran via the inter web talking about this book at the women of the world event last month, and remember thinking what a great book for teenage / young women to read….

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