Caitlin Moran Tells NPR How to Be a Woman


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Caitlin Moran doesn’t know it just yet, but she’s gonna be my new BFF. She’s wide open to the idea, she even says so on her website. So it’s not stalking. Just yet.

Why the adoration? I just listened to her interview with NPR’s Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” I heard about her book “How To Be a Woman” several months ago when the aforementioned radio show reviewed it, comparing Moran to both Germaine Greer and Roseanne Barr. So I put it in my book list and then summer happened and I forgot about it. Focusing instead on books I read on my Kindle so no-one can see the titles. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t Fifty Shades of Grey)

You know, Moran is so fucking refreshing. A self described “funny feminist” (what is that? like having to prove you are a Miming Mime?) she recognizes humor is a debilitating weapon in a forum where a seeming majority believe feminists to be angry and boring.

Happy being a “strident” feminist she is quick with pragmatic, funny and soothing statements like “I’m neither ‘pro-women’ nor ‘anti-men’. I’m just ‘Thumbs up for the six billion.”

With less and less women identifying as feminists she has two main mantras to direct at them. The first being a simple questionnaire that any voting age woman should be administered:

“Do you have a vagina? and Do you want to be in charge of it? If you said ‘yes’ to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist.”

The second a more detailed version of the first:

“What part of liberation for women is not for you? Is it the freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man that you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Vogue by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that stuff just get on your nerves?”

The book is in development to become a movie and a T.V. show of some description. The London Guardian calls Moran the ninth most powerful woman in the British media. Is that bigger than Hermoine? She must have hit the nail on the niche markets head. Which is great! Which is cool! Which means women might have a mouthpiece who doesn’t just buy shoes and worry about her boyfriend for a change.

Moran’s call to arms is not without controversy. Is she too simplistic? Is she heteronormative? Is it too generationalistic? Seriously if she starts the dialogue, who the fuck cares? I still love her for opening the conversation.

Right, now to call her up for our chat about why men shave their balls to make their penises look bigger.

Listen to the interview here. Or download from iTunes. And listen to it on your Walkman.

Grow your Moran Fan club here.


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