Caitlin Moran on feminism in frankie magazine May 2013 [High Res in new tab]
What is your earliest memory?
I was two. I caught a beautiful butterfly in my hands, then realised its wings had fallen off and I was now the owner of an agonised, writhing bug. A powerful metaphor for possessive human relationships.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Lying on the landing, letting my daughter squeeze my bum-spots as a treat. A guest suddenly appeared…
What is your most unappealing habit?
Either overly sexual dancing, or 3am gin rants about socialism.
What do you owe your parents?
Knowing that “not feeling normal” is totally normal.
Mod-feminist Caitlin Moran speaks exclusively to Lucy Holden about previously unrevealed self-harm, a new sit-com, and why she doesn’t want to do interviews anymore - all at a hundred miles an hour. Caitlin Moran knows how to sell. And she’s trying to sell me. Accidentally early, I’m shivering at the end of Moran’s road
This interview was awesome. Yay for CBCRadio Q
How on earth are you going to go about thanking every body on Twitter?
Have you not seen my Twitter feed? It’s just full of the repeated phrase ‘Oh thanks, darling. Xxxx’. I might narrow it down to just ‘xxx’ and then just ‘x’ when I start getting repetitive strain injury. I’m doing my best; I like the people who buy my stuff. Someone was asking me yesterday, as so many have been responding to it on Twitter, and a friend of mine who loves Lady Gaga as much as I do, was asking if I was going to give my fans a nickname in the style of ‘Little Monsters’. Given that so many people have responded to the masturbation chapters, I may start calling them the ‘little wankers’. [Laughs] Then I can start saying how much I love my ‘little wankers’ all the time and raising my paws.
There’s got to be a wrist movement as well.
Oh, there’s always got to be a wrist movement.
Caitlin Moran at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2011
“What should you call your vagina? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? Caitlin Moran is on a mission to reclaim feminism and make it relevant to women today. Always refreshingly straightforward, frank and funny, the award-winning journalist and Times columnist describes her new book, How to be a Woman, as ‘The Female Eunuch, but with knob gags’. She joined us in Edinburgh to share some punch lines with the deputy editor of the Guardian, Katharine Viner.”
Caitlin Moran is really difficult to interview. Her mind is racing. She wants to talk about everything. One minute it’s Radiohead, then it’s lace leggings, then we’re back on the question, then we’re off again. It’s this giddy excitement that permeates her book on feminism - ‘How to be a Woman’. In the past few weeks she has found the time to discuss clown porn with Jeremy Paxman, get into a Twitter feud with a News of the World employee and attend Mr Gay England, all while writing her three weekly columns for The Times. We tackle it all in fifteen minutes on a sunny afternoon in Cornwall.
Her new book has shocked Germaine Greer… but wait till the Spice Girls get a load of it
”[…] I’d kept a diary since I was 10, and writing is still the easiest thing out of anything in the world. I genuinely miss writing now on the rare days I don’t write; my mouth waters when I think about writing, and I have an extreme physical reaction to the idea of doing it. Because you’re completely in charge of your world there, aren’t you? And now you can muck around on Twitter at the same time, it’s double bubble.”