She usually writes for The Times - a 'posh' paper that normally takes a traditionalist or elitist middle-class to upper-middle-class view.
Her moderate left-wing politics are about the nearest thing to liberal and/or working-class that most Times readers will be exposed to.
Hands up, I enjoy Caitlin Moran's writing. I know she can be divisive but she's also really funny.
Journalist and author Caitlin Moran reckons she has the answers; so with a selection of her newspaper and magazine articles and columns, she's setting out her manifesto.
- to include the needs of women of varied backgrounds
- to point out when women are further disadvantaged by their marginalised identities (e.g. race, disability, sexuality.)
- to speak about the problems of women in other countries such as India
- to discuss (passionately) the problem of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) (link includes details and descriptions of FGM.)
- to speak about the under-representation of people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, etc. in media and government
- to defend the rights of refugees
And she's trying. It's up to you whether that's enough for you to give her book a go.
It's important because this is the voice of socialism and the welfare state, beaming itself at the ears and eyeballs of people who've never known hardship in their lives.
It's important because she invites you in for a chat, like a kooky aunt or a batty neighbour, and then convinces you that the world can be better.
It's important because it proves to the toffs that a girl from a council house has just as much intelligence and drive as any of their families - maybe more so.
Caitlin Moran may seem 'not liberal enough' or 'too White Feminism' to those on the far-left.
But to the right? She's a one woman revolution. She speaks the unspeakable, and turns their ideas upside-down - all over a cup of tea and natter.
Lord knows, the UK needs her voice.
Because of the way this book is structured, it includes a lot of sensitive topics, but may only talk about them briefly.
Rarely, if ever, is it graphic.
There are some topics that stick out in particular though.
This is NOT an exhaustive list of the sensitive topics in this book, just those which really stood out:
- rape and sexual violence (discusses some cases IN DETAIL.)
- FGM (female genital mutilation) (covered IN DETAIL.)
Someone needs to sit Moran down and explain gender vs sexuality - cos I don't think she's getting it.
At one point she refers to men and women... and asexuals. Now, clearly she meant non-binary and other non-gender-conforming people.
But she's confused the gender spectrum with the sexuality spectrum.
Gender is how you feel in terms of male, female, and all the things in between and beyond. Sexuality is who you are attracted to.
Asexual means little or no sexual attraction. It is not a gender.
Now, if she made a mistake, then she made a mistake.
But this book is made up of articles from her archive: it's therefore been through newspaper editors, book editors, and lord knows how many hands besides.
Why did none of these pre-readers pick up on this?!
Speaking of editors... this book could've done with better structure. A ball that falls into the editor's court.
It kind of needed someone to grab hold of it and go, 'you know what? We've gone off on one. And not in a relevant way.'
Because this book meanders way more than it needs too... and a lot of pieces were clearly squished in and rationalised later, rather than making sense to the overall theme.
This book sets itself up as a schematic for a revolution - albeit a tongue-in-cheek one - and then gets distracted by... pretty much everything.
I just felt like it could be a little more focussed.
But Moran sometimes still doesn't seem to get why people were upset to begin with, which can put her on the defensive.
Defensiveness is not a good look. Neither is fawning over Lena Dunham (slightly nauseatingly.)
And here's a tip my nerdlets: use 'gay people' (or 'LGBTQ+ people,') instead of 'gays,' unless you're LGBTQ+ yourself.
It's just nicer - sounds less like a different species, y'know? Likewise, say black people, disabled people, etc. It's more polite, ok?
You may disagree with some of her standpoints, but Caitlin Moran is an important voice - and a fun one at that.
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