by Caitlin Moran


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062433756
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 340,641
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Caitlin Moran's debut book, How to Be a Woman, was an instant New York Times bestseller. How to Build a Girl is her first novel since the one she wrote at fourteen, which doesn't count.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Moranifesto: Part One 1

The Twenty-First Century, Where We Live

No One Wants to Go Out 14

I Can't Stop Listening to "Get Lucky" 17

In Defense of Hipsters 22

I Am Hungover Again 25

I Don't Know What to Do When I'm Alone 28

Printers Are Evil 31

The Exact Amount of Famous I Am: 35 Percent 34

All the Different Ways I Have Annoyed Famous People 37

TV Review: Shakespeare and David Bowie-England's Beautiful Boys 41

Why We Cheered in the Street When Margaret Thatcher Died 46

The Rich Are Blithe 52

How to Handle Other People's 5:2 Diets 55


The Rainy Jubilee-God Bless You, Ma'am 61

TV Review: Imagine If You Didn't Love David Bowie 75

The Smells of Your Childhood 80

The Unhappy Bus Tour Guide, New York 83

Moranifesto: Part Two 87

The Feminisms

My Muppet Face 103

The Two Things Men Need to Understand About Women 106

Women Keep Fucking Things Up 109

I Propose Not Having Opinions on Women for, Say, Five Years 112

A Woman's Monthly Faultiness 115

Stop Making Everything Sexy 119

The Most Sexist TV Show in the World 122

No More Page 3 125

Let Us Find Another Word for Rape 128

Perhaps I Don't Believe in Redemption Anymore 131

FGM-It Takes Just One Person to End a Custom 134

This Is a World Formed by Abortion-It Always Has Been, and It Always Will Be 137

Oh, Hillary, Suddenly, I Love You 140

I Have Given Up Heels. Like, Totally 143

The REAL Equality Checklist 146

Why Can't Life Be More Like a Musical? 149

What Really Gives Mc Confidence 152

Women Getting Killed on the Internet 155

How to Run a Half-Arsed Global Internet Campaign 161

Slash & Burn-My Life with Cystitis 164

On the Set of Girls with Lena Dunham: "She Is the Very Thing" 167

When the Oscars Won't Be Evil 178

Mums Are Superheroes 181

All the Lists of My Life 184

Moranifesto: Part Three 195

The Future

I Love Pete's Car 209

Reading Is Fierce 212

Austerity-They Killed My Library 215

12 Years a Slave 218

New York Will Save Us 221

Syria: A Man on a Roof 224

The Refugees Are Saving Us All 227

We Are All Migrants 230

Swarms 233

We Need a New News 236

Je Suis Charlie 239

Paths 242

How Wind Turbines Keep Us Free 245

Russell T. Davies: The Man Who Changed the World, Just a Little Bit 248

Coffee Is Killing Us 257

TV Review: Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime-"Not So Vulgar Now, Is It?" 260

The Frumious Cumberbatch 264

The Poor Are Clever 278

Ironic Bigotry-Because Only a Cunt Would Pretend to Be a Cunt 281

How I Learned About Sex 284

We Should Ban Homework 293

To Teenage Girls on the Edge 296

My Beauty Advice 299

It's Okay My Children Do Not Read 302

Moranifesto: Part Four 305

Epilogue: My Posthumous Letter to My Daughter 327

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Moranifesto 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
A series of interesting and thought-provoking essays by a top journalist This is a book that is easy to dip into as it is a series of essays on a huge variety of topics. Many are entertaining and/or serious but they are worth a look. Caitlin Moran can be controversial (the point really) but I really enjoyed reading these with some laugh-out-loud moments. She covers a lot from feminist issues to other ways to change the world for the better: some are deeply personal, others less so. Worth a look and good for dipping into for a change from fiction reading (my main love).
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I agreed with so much that Caitlin Moran wrote – she can certainly rant with the best of people. Her rants were my rants – but much better formulated. I kept thinking that I want to write like Caitlin Moran when I grow up – but that is not about to happen, since I am already thirteen years her senior. Like her, I loved “Cucumber” and Russel T Davies, the London Olympics, especially the opening ceremony (“then it started – started with that astonishing, febrile, kinetic, cloud-burst Opening Ceremony, which kind of … reinvented Britain”) and adore David Bowie. David Bowie made his presence felt throughout the book. He symbolised everything positive in the world today, a beacon of hope for all who feel in any way marginalised: “When in doubt, listen to David Bowie. In 1968, Bowie was a gay, ginger, bonk-eyed, snaggle-toothed freak walking around south London in a dress, being shouted at by thugs. Four years later, he was still exactly that – but everyone else wanted to be like him”. I almost burst into tears when one of her reasons “why the future will be better that the past” was “2) David Bowie might play live again”. Her chapter entitled “All the Lists of my Life” was gold-dust. I particularly liked “Things Cookery Books Never Tell You”, and had to read them out to my husband, who has until recently always believed in the timings given by recipes – despite all evidence to the contrary. Caitlin Moran seems to deal with every issue that is important to being an intelligent, caring human in today’s world: feminism (“If there’s something which is making life difficult for women, then this is something that is, most assuredly, making it difficult for everyone else in the world, too”); politics (“Educating yourself into being the third most glorious thing on Earth, after ‘mid-September sunshine’ and ‘David Bowie’: an informed and motivated voter”); capitalism, socialism and the welfare state; rules for campaigning for a better world (“All the answers will never come in one person. The future is a communal effort – like a patchwork quilt”); the importance of idealism and dreams (“if we are too afraid to state our dreams – to even begin to sketch out possible futures – then we have begun to disinvent the greatest facility humans have: to invent better”); TV (“I don’t think I can see any more sex-workers being beaten, tortured or murdered. … As a female viewer, it’s doing my head in”) and films; growing old (“I love getting older. You might lose skin elasticity, but you also lose the amount of f***s you give. It’s awesome”); and the incomparable joy of reading (“Being a reader. The unseen, life-changing duet you sing with anyone who’s ever written a book”). There are so many apposite quotes. I had to send my sister the one on “Frozen”: “Boys may come and boys may go, Frozen told its millions of young, female fans, but your brilliant, idiot, annoying, amazing sister – she’s there for life”. While you may not agree with everything that Moran writes, you are compelled to at least give her ideas serious consideration. She states “even though I have written a manifesto … what I’ve tried to do here is … start a conversation, instead”. The world will certainly be a better place if people join with her in this conversation. Thank you, Caitlin Moran, for this invitation to communicate. PS: any *** are down to me. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review