How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran | Book Review

How To Be a Woman
Caitlin Moran

Published 2011 | 312 Pages

Rating: ★★★★☆

Ever since our nation elected an delusional, narcissistic celebrity to run our country, I've become a whole lot more interested in politics and feminism. My quest to learn more about feminism lead me to How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. 

This semi-autobiographical book takes you through different parts of the author's life, and how those situations relate to feminism. She discusses growing up as a girl, partying, her professional life, her sex life the ridiculous amount of time women spend on their appearance, having babies, abortions, and more.

Memorable Quotes
"But, of course, you might be asking yourself, 'Am I a feminist? I might not be. I don't know! I still don't know what it is! I'm too knackered and confused to work it out. That curtain pole really still isn't up! I don't have time to work out if I am a women's libber! There seems to be a lot to it. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?'

I understand.

So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.

a) Do you have a vagina? and
b) Do you want to be in charge of it?

If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist."


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“You can tell whether some misogynistic societal pressure is being exerted on women by calmly enquiring, ‘And are the men doing this, as well?’ If they aren’t, chances are you’re dealing with what we strident feminists refer to as ‘some total fucking bullshit’.”
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"If you want to know what's in motherhood for you, as a woman, then - in truth - it's nothing you couldn't get from, say, reading the 100 greatest books in human history; learning a foreign language well enough to argue in it; climbing hills; loving recklessly; sitting quietly, alone, in the dawn; drinking whisky with revolutionaries; learning to do close-hand magic; swimming in a river in winter; growing foxgloves, peas and roses; calling your mum; singing while you walk; being polite; and always, always helping strangers. No one has ever claimed for a moment that childless men have missed out on a vital aspect of their existence, and were the poorer, and crippled by it."

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"Batman doesn’t want a baby in order to feel he’s ‘done everything’. He’s just saved Gotham again! If this means that Batman must be a feminist role model above, say, Nicola Horlick, then so be it."
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“I am getting incredibly high on a single, astounding fact: that it’s always sunny above the clouds. Always. That every day on earth—every day I have ever had—was secretly sunny, after all.”
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“So. Yes. We're all dying. We're all crumbling into the void, one cell at a time. We are disintegrating like sugar cubes in champagne. But only women have to pretend it isn't happening. Fifty-something men wander around with their guts flopped over their waistbands and their faces looking like a busted tramp's mattress in an underpass. They sprout nasal hair and chasm-like wrinkles, and go 'Ooof!' whenever they stand up or sit down. men visibly age, every day -- but women are supposed to stop the decline at around 37, 38, and live out the next 30 or 40 years in some magical bubble where their hair is still shiny and chestnut, their face unlined, their lips puffy, and their tits up on the top third of the ribcage.” 
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What are you reading? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. :) 

The Little Prince Book Review

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Published 1943 | 83 Pages

Rating: 



I've been trying to mix up the books I read recently. In an effort to find a good, yet simple read, I stumbled upon The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. I remembered watching The Little Prince television show as a child, and though I couldn't remember what it had been about, I do remember liking it, so I decided to get the book.
It is a simple story about a boy who leaves his tiny home planet in search of adventure. Underneath, it's so much more. I think this book has the uniqueness of being able to identify with readers on a deeper, personal level. There is definitely more to The Little Prince than meets the eye.
As a mother,  it was fun to read this book, written with such innocence. It definitely makes you look at you children, and how you talk to them, a bit differently.
Memorable Quotes
"All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it."
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

"To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world....

What are you reading? Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. :) 

Dog Foods For Brewers Rice or Brewers Yeast Allergy

I recently found out my dog likely has a brewers allergy. In my dog, it caused his hair to fall out in patches, leaving bald spots on his sides.

Finding a list of safe foods has been difficult, so I compiled a list of foods to avoid. I wanted to share it here for anyone else who has a bog with a brewers allergy, including brewers rice and brewers dried yeast.

AVOID: Dog Foods WITH Brewers Rice or Brewers Yeast
  • Black Gold Premium Blends Dog Food (Dry)
  • Black Gold Signature Series (Dry)
  • Bob Timberlake Signature Series Dog Food (Dry)
  • BOGO Bowl Dog Food (Dry)
  • Canyon Creek Ranch Dog Food (Dry)
  • Country Vet Naturals Dog Food (Dry)
  • Drs. Foster and Smith Signature Series (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Boxer (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Breed Specific Formulas (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Custom Care (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Dog Food (Canned)
  • Eukanuba Excel Dog Food (Dry)
  • Eukanuba German Shepherd (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Labrador Retriever (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Life Stages Dog Food (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Natural (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Naturally Wild (Dry)
  • Eukanuba Premium Performance (Dry)
  • Exclusive Dog Food (Dry)
  • Farmina N&D Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
  • Hubbard Life Dog Food (Dry)
  • Iams Naturistics (Dry)
  • Iams Sensitive Naturals (Dry)
  • Iams Simple and Natural (Dry)
  • Iams Veterinary Formulas Intestinal Plus (Dry)
  • Ivet Healthy Gourmet Dog Food (Dry)
  • Love Grub Dog Food (Dry)
  • Loyall Dog Food (Dry)
  • Luvsome Dog Food (Dry)
  • Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health (Dry)
  • Nutri Life Dog Food (Dry)
  • Nutro Kitchen Classics (Canned)
  • Nutro Max (Canned)
  • Nutro Rotations (Dry)
  • Ol’ Roy Skin and Coat (Dry)
  • Pro-Pet Dog Food (Dry)
  • ProSeries Dog Food (Dry)
  • Purina Healthy Morsels (Dry)
  • Purina Pro Plan Natural (Dry)
  • Purina Pro Plan Select (Dry)
  • Purina Pro Plan Sport (Dry)
  • Red Flannel Dog Food (Dry)
  • Redpaw PowerEdge Dog Food (Dry)
  • Royal Canin Mini (Dry)
  • Royal Canin Mini Adult (Dry)
  • Southern States Advanced (Dry)
  • Sportsman’s Pride (Dry)
  • Taste of the Wild (Dry)
  • Tuffy’s Gold Dog Food (Dry)
If your dog is showing signs of an allergy while eating the foods on this list, I'd guess your dog may very likely have a brewers allergy as well.

So far, I've found one food my dog doesn't have a reaction to. I'm planning on adding to this list as I discover more foods that are safe for him

SAFE: Dog Foods WITHOUT Brewers Rice or Brewers Yeast
Have you found any brewers-free dog food? Leave a comment below. I'll keep this page updated with as much info as possible. ;)

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