Brendan O’Neill on Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran’s wildly successful
tract How To Be A Woman, presents feminism as less a
universal club than a bitchy sorority, made up of well-connected
women like Moran who consider themselves better, more spiritual and
more “real”, than other women, than “fallen” women. With all its
jokes about vajazzling and marmosets and poorly educated yobs,
Moran’s book uses the language of sisterhood in defense of class
solidarity for big-city elites. Brendan O’Neill takes a look at a
new publishing phenomenon that is, at root, a new etiquette manual
for ladies that confirms the unstoppable backward march of feminism
into the snobbery, sexlessness and censoriousness of the Victorian