Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman is a book about feminism, but it’s also light-hearted and reasonable and very, very funny. (Qualifiers that are evidently necessary in 2012, when only a lowly 29% percent of American women feel comfortable using the word “feminist.”)
I interviewed Caitlin to ask her about how to be a woman, but, more importantly, how to be a feminist in 2012.
When I was reading the section in your book in which you talk about how younger women are hesitant to use the word “feminist,” I thought to myself “Yikes! At least this isn’t a problem in New York City!” But then last night [...]
Single and looking to find a date: Whiskey, neat.
Single, and looking to hook up with someone, anyone: Long Island Ice Tea.
First date: A Martini, straight up and dirty.
Second date: Red wine, with dinner. (A Merlot, or a Pinot Noir.) …
Hairpin pal Chiara Atik tells the cyclical story of love and loss in units of alcohol, with a notable omission.
I’ve never smoked a cigarette, not even a puff. Perhaps because of this, I’ve spent my life monitoring both my smoking and non-smoking friends, keeping a tally of which side seems to have better lives. I wonder, if smoking weren’t detrimental to health, would I pick up a cigarette? There are pros and cons.
Pro: Looking cool. It doesn’t matter what you were taught in school: Smoking is cool. If it wasn’t, no one would do it, especially not after seeing Debbie.
Con: Having to stand outside in the winter, cold and shivering, huddled over a cigarette, just to smoke.
Pro: Having a ready excuse to walk away [...]
Samantha Parkington: Did you know, when you picked her out, that Samantha was the cool one? Or were you simply drawn to her glossy brown hair, sophisticated accessories (she had a fur muff!) and rich demographic? Either way, every girl wanted a Samantha. If you owned her, you quickly learned the value of cachet.
By virtue of acquiring a status symbol early on (a Samantha doll was the designer jeans of third grade), you never quite had to worry about things the way other girls did. You therefore grew up to be confidant, capable, and nonplussed. You've always been well liked. You aren’t the funniest in your group, but you’ve [...]