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Ladies, hands up-who has a girl crush? Judging by my group of friends, I’d say absolutely everyone! Just as we all swoon over Ryan Gosling, or hyperventilate over Tom Hardy (No? Just me…?), we all have that particular lady celebrity who makes us screw up our fists and squeal “Argh!!! I bloody LOVE her!”
Well, for me, that lady is Caitlin Moran; serial columnist, writer and all round funny girl, complete with Dr Marten’s, massive hair, and tonnes of eye liner.
I’ve just come back from a few days in sunny Malta and my reading material of choice was Moranthology, the follow up to the hugely successful (and an absolute must read for any self respecting lady of the twenty first century) How To Be A Woman. Girls – if you haven’t read this book yet then hop to it and get down to Waterstone’s now! It’ll make you laugh, cry, cringe and above all, really think about what it means to be a woman, or as she so simply puts it demand “…a zero tolerance policy on all the patriarchal bullshit!”
Moranthology is comprised of excerpts from Caitlin’s various different columns, and is a brilliantly witty, fantastically funny amalgamation of her opinion on everything from Rihanna’s cardigan (she should get one) to David Cameron (“a camp gammon robot – a C3P0 made of ham..”). But whether she’s telling stories about meeting the Prime Minister and shoving the contents of his cheeseboard into her handbag, or going to German sex clubs with Lady Gaga, Caitlin Moran somehow manages to subtly shoehorn in some seriously heartfelt, and downright sob-worthy pieces, covering topics as delicate as a woman’s right to an abortion, global warming, and mental health issues.
So whilst I’m totally in awe of her amazing hair (the bigger the hair the smaller the hips), and would love nothing more than to go dancing in Soho with her, drinking gin and bumping into David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kylie, it’s none of these things that put Moran at the top of my lady love list. My favourite thing about her, and her writing, is that she comes across as so, well…normal!
Just like all the rest of us, she buys clothing based more or less entirely on whether it makes her look thinner, she gets starstruck around people she admires (when meeting Eddie Izzard she offers him a fag, then another, saying “If one is cool, then surely two at the same time would be even cooler. It’s like a …circle of coolness.”) and she’s late for everything (SHE kept Gaga waiting for three hours!) Basically, she behaves in exactly the same way as any one of us mere mortals would do when put in a similarly ridiculous situation, but the only difference is, instead of trying to drown the shame with gin, she writes about it (after she’s drunk copious amounts of gin, I assume).
I could bang on for ages about why you should read Moranthology, or do as I did with my poor boyfriend on holiday and quote my favourite bits, but I tell you what – why not read it for yourself and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
P.S – If you don’t already, then follow Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) on Twiiter – she is sheer social media comedy genius!