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Caitlin Moran in 2016. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Caitlin Moran, the funniest feminist

'More than a woman' (Anagrama), in which the British author reflects on the challenges of becoming a middle-aged woman, is published in Spanish.

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In 2020, British writer and columnist Caitlin Moran published 'More than a woman', a book in which she reviews the dilemmas faced by many Western women as they enter middle age, starting with the pressure to be feminist or not, or to become superheroes, capable of reaching tod.  

Now, the publisher Anagrama has just published the book in Spanish, ('Más que una mujer') bringing the thoughts of this funny English writer closer to thousands of Spanish-speaking women. 

"Who decided that botox is not feminist, but you can dye your hair or fix your teeth, or wear lipstick? What's the difference? Let's stop telling women what to do and what not to do," she explained in a recent interview with the newspaper El Mundo. 

In 'More Than a Woman' - the sequel to the successful 2011 book 'How to Be a Woman'- Moran, now 47, takes a second look at femininity, this time from the point of view of middle age. Part memoir, part manifesto, she tackles such thorny topics as anal sex, screenings, hangovers, adolescence, aging parents and careers.

" Literally every friend I have who is doing well in her career has a husband who does 50% or more of the housework. And every woman I know who is having trouble in her career is because she has a husband who doesn't do it. It's as simple as that," Moran adds in the interview with El Mundo.

The book begins with a trip back in time to talk to her 30-something self and warn her that now the hardest stage begins. "We think that in our twenties or even earlier our life is very hectic because it is not always stable. Adolescence is hard and then there's the whole thing of starting to date guys and finding a partner, plus finding a job that satisfies you minimally. And in our early 30s we think that finally, once we have all that, we can enjoy life [...] But the truth is that the problems don't disappear, they just change," she writes.

mas que una mujer   more than a woman

Moran also devotes a chapter to taboos and hopes that "little by little some of them will cease to be taboos, just as I hope that menopause will soon not be one either, although I think we have made great progress in this regard," she says, as quoted in La Vanguardia. Although women carry more taboos than men, Caitlin assures that "the biggest taboo for a man is to say 'I don't know'", and believes that "feminism can help them in this task, because in certain aspects they also have certain pressures that are unnecessary".

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