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Funny at times, a little questionable
14 March 2017
I am somewhat conflicted about this book, I had a good laugh, but at the same time I felt critical on some of her choice of words and opinions, which is expected. You should always read with a grain of salt.
Now I went into this book having never read Moran's columns and was initially pleasantly surprised with the rough humour but at times felt the eye-rolls kicking in. As a book embracing feminism and touching on some issues women face, I would have thought that the language used to describe other groups of people was rather offensive and counter-intuitive (although some might consider it light-hearted and quite subtle, it is up to the reader to decide how they feel about this).
Shouldn't we be rallying together against a bigoted world? But no, it seemed as though Moran felt like joining the "other side" and dragging the rest of feminism with her, as if to say "hey, we're just like you! See?"
Apart from a few frustrations, Moran's book opened a crack in the door for some conversation on some topics such as abortion and body hair. I did appreciate the thought provoking aspect of motherhood into these topics: a daughter who loves her monobrow, a mother who knows her limits on motherhood... However I wouldn't consider this an introduction to feminism, rather an annotated recount of the author's life directed by topics feminism covers.
I feel as though younger women may feel more susceptible to enjoying this book as it closely interacts with Moran's adolescence. The humour it sparks often made me laugh about my own odd antics as a kid, which I guess being closer to that time it feels more relatable in a sense.