How to be a Woman Setting & Symbolism

Caitlin Moran
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Baguette

A baguette with cream cheese is what Moran’s mother serves to Moran in lieu of birthday cake for her thirteenth birthday. Ever positive, Moran doesn’t lament the fact that her family can’t afford cake, but enjoys her baguette thoroughly.

Diary

Moran’s diary is the jumping off point for Moran’s memories, giving her access to her thoughts and activities as a teenager. The adult Moran, rereading the diary, engages with her younger self and offers commentary on what she was feeling at the time that she never would have been able to articulate as a thirteen-year-old.

Underwear

Underwear is “the specialist clothes of being a woman,” according to Moran. She includes bras, panties, hosiery, slips, and all forms of lingerie in this category. Moran believes looking good in underwear is a requirement for women, but because there is such good quality underwear out...

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