Caitlin Moran; award-winning Times columnist, bestselling author and one of Britain’s most influential, kick-ass feminists.
As her new book, How To Build A Girl, is released on July 3 we thought we’d celebrate her awesomeness with a look at her most hilarious, bang-on-the-money quotes.
1. ‘It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible. What we need is for more birds to fly above it and shit all over it, so we can see it properly.’
2. ‘I feel in my bones that Lady Gaga is a true strident feminist and good for my soul – but how do I square this with the fact that she’s constantly walking around in her bra and pants, even at, like, airports and stuff, where even nudists wear a fleece and linen drawstring trousers?’
3. ‘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.’
4. ‘It was the Spice Girls who messed it all up. And obviously, the appropriating of the phrase “girl power”, which at that point overrode any notion of feminism, and which was a phrase that meant absolutely nothing apart from being friends with your girlfriends.’
5. ‘If I’m going to spunk £500 on a pair of designer shoes, it’s going to be a pair that I can a) dance to Bad Romance in and b) will allow me to run away from a murderer, should one suddenly decide to give chase. That’s the minimum I ask from my footwear.’
6. ‘I’m neither “pro-women” nor “anti-men.” I’m just “Thumbs up for the six billion.”‘
7. ‘I figure for [Solange] to be that angry, Jay-Z has commented on one of three things: her love-life, her family or her hair.’
8. [On women in music wearing no clothes] ‘It’s like if every single male artist dressed up as farmers. In every video they were on a farm. Whether it was Jason Derulo or Oasis, they’re always on a tractor, they’re always surrounded by sheep and always in boots. And all the songs are about enjoying farming, and this is all you’ve had for 10 years – you’d think you were going mad.’
9. ‘Let’s all go and be feminists in the pub.’