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Caitlin Moran: live webchat, Thursday 13 September, 1-2pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Sep-12 16:41:25

Much excitement at Mumsnet HQ this week as Caitlin Moran is joining us on Thursday lunchtime (1-2pm) for a live webchat and to talk us through her latest book, Moranthology.

How to be a Woman was one of the most talked about books on the boards last year, so we're all delighted to hear Moranthology brings more chat on a brilliant range of topics: Twitter, Obama, binge drinking, Amy Winehouse, 'The Big Society', Party Bags and Boris Johnson - Albino Shag-hound.  These are just a few of the subjects touched on and make us think she is our ideal guest.

Post your questions to Caitlin in advance or join her on Thursday at 1pm.

Miffytastic Wed 12-Sep-12 14:41:08

Love the book, I have given it as presents too, including to my v.ill friend who sat laughing out loud whilst having chemo.
I second the porn question, as that was the only contentious bit of the book for me, well that and liking Gaga but I feel less strongly about that point.

In HTBAW you mention likened running to dancing (I get this, and have been known to do ravey hands whilst running in the woods): my question is

do you still run and if so what is on your running playlist?

NinthWave Wed 12-Sep-12 14:56:37

Hello Caitlin,

I have a question about childcare in the early years. I noticed in your book that you didn't really make much reference to whether you used nurseries/nannies etc when your children were very young, and you were working; we discussed this in my book group and I felt that it would have been great to hear your views on childcare and feminism, and how there seems to be some pretty negative attitudes towards working women (mainly celebs) who use nannies etc.

So my question is - did you have a nanny/au pair/childminder etc when your girls were small? If not, how did you manage the balance with working from home? And what are your thoughts on the (false?) impression given in the media by a number of celeb women that it's a piece of piss to balance modelling/acting/whatevering with full-time childrearing?

Thank you in advance - I shall be working while you're doing your webchat (mine is in a nursery) but will sneak on if I can grin

NinthWave Wed 12-Sep-12 14:57:32

*my child is in a nursery, I mean! I'm not doing a webchat in one blush

thestringcheesemassacre Wed 12-Sep-12 15:52:46

Who is your favourite uk columnist? It's Grace Dent isn't it? Does she have a restraining order for you yet?

Pinkforever Wed 12-Sep-12 15:59:28

My quetion is-

Boris Johnstone-shag or die?

DavidaTheLobster Wed 12-Sep-12 16:15:20

Hi Caitlin

Huge fan! Where do you stand on fidelity within a relationship? Is it a deal-breaker (either or both ways)?

OfficialFlyingSquirrel Wed 12-Sep-12 16:16:46

Dear Caitlin.
So looking forward to the new book.
Rik Mayall once cupped my boob. And I loved it. Does this make me a) a terrible feminist or b) incrediby lucky?

PS - remember you from Naked City discussing your goth wardrobe. Red? I like it!! smile

squeaver Wed 12-Sep-12 16:19:12

Do you think print journalism has a future?

And - not a question - but I really admire The Times for employing you, India Knight, Janice Turner etc who are very obviously NOT Murdoch lapdogs (and, incidentally, all great feminists). I don't think there's nearly enough appreciation of that.

WilfSell Wed 12-Sep-12 16:24:30

Us old gimmers remember when you were <ahem> royalty a MN regular. Do you still, er, dabble? wink

vigglewiggle Wed 12-Sep-12 16:35:04

Just read "How To Be a Woman" and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have a new book to plug, why don't you come to the Ilkley Literature Festival it is just down the road from me as good as Cheltenham and I would really like to hear you talk about your books.

IawnCont Wed 12-Sep-12 16:45:56

OMG official. I have never ever been so jealous of anyone in my life. Rik Mayall is sooooo sexy. (Sorry for hogging thread with weird taste in men.)

Caitlin, have you finished your crisp cracker yet?
And also... The pronounciation of Caitlin has been a subject of debate here on mumsnet. How do you say your name?

God, sorry, these were VERY boring questions. I love How To Be A Woman. And (obviously) I love your twitterings. I secretly really want to be best friends with you, Lauren Laverne and Grace Dent. And Lucy Mangan.

OfficialFlyingSquirrel Wed 12-Sep-12 16:48:15

Oh Iawn. You have no idea. I haven't washed it since (I have.)
He is so sexy! I so would. smile

OfficialFlyingSquirrel Wed 12-Sep-12 16:48:52

oh and don't bother being friends with lucy mangan. she hates vegetarians!

IawnCont Wed 12-Sep-12 17:00:30

grin at official with one dirty boob grin grin grin
I used to have a life size cardboard cut-out of him in my bedroom when I was a teenager blush

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 12-Sep-12 17:16:59

Hurrah! A web chat worth looking at smile

I'm not sure I have a question, I've just come here to fawn over you.

I loved the R4 interview you had with Tim Minchin and the subsequent interview you did with Jennifer Saunders.

Have you done much radio and would you do more? You have an engaging voice that is easy on the ear and that draws you in - it's like listening to your friends having a gossip at the pub.

Ah, see. I did have a question after all!

HandyCock Wed 12-Sep-12 17:29:31

Do you think separating "Sports Personality of the Year " into men and women does female sporting personalities a disservice or do you think it's quite a sensible thing to do?

When DH called our DD his princess and I passed him a copy of your book irrelevant fawning

Badvoc Wed 12-Sep-12 17:38:29

Hello Caitlin.
Am a Huge fan and, frankly would be your house slave if asked, however...moving on.....
I was disappointed that in your book "how to be a woman" you deemed porn "fine".
I dont agree and neither did a lot of other MNers.
Do you still feel that way and why?

Badvoc Wed 12-Sep-12 17:38:54

Seriously.....I would.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 12-Sep-12 17:39:18

Oh, and I should mention that you are entirely responsible for dh and I singing 'cheese on cheese', every time we reach for the Cathedral City. Even ds (4yo) sings it grin

mariathehack Wed 12-Sep-12 17:42:22

Hi Caitlin, just wanted to ask, who has been the biggest influence on your writing career so far?

custardismyhamster Wed 12-Sep-12 18:39:08

Hi Caitlin.

My question is what are your views on trade unions? (I work for one) I personally think we do so much good and need a few more decent people to stick up for us!

defineme Wed 12-Sep-12 19:08:21

Hi Caitlin,
Thank you for the joy of a book that made me laugh out loud and made the 10 women in my book group try to discuss the word 'cunt' for 30 minutes without saying it oncegrin.

I have also given a copy of your book to my lovely 18yrold cousin who's off to university and needed a counterpoint to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

My question is What do you think of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ?

Stitchthis Wed 12-Sep-12 19:21:42

If you were to be represented by just one article or piece you've written which one would it be? Personally I loved the gaga one. Marvellous.
<eyes hair do enviously> ok, and I want to know who does your hair. I asked for a mallen streak recently and I was the only one old enough to know what I was talking about.

marshmallowpies Wed 12-Sep-12 19:24:11

Another big fan here & I love being able to watch your banter on Twitter, it's like overhearing the most entertaining drunk last-orders pub conversations ever.

However...sometimes Twitter gets a bit pitchforky & lots of male journalists have written lately about whether trolls should be hounded, exposed or ignored. What do you think about it, especially if it's a woman being attacked by a troll, or the person doing the trolling is a woman?

(Seeing women hounding other women here and on Twitter makes me very uncomfortable).

BupcakesandCunting Wed 12-Sep-12 19:34:45

Caitlin, will you please be my best friend? I'll dump my current BF for you.

I grew up in the same area of Wolvo as you so that should cement it. I was even in the same year at school as one of your sisters for a time

<composes self>

My actual question though is this: You have said that your husband Pete is a massive feminist. There are factions on MN who would scoff at this. He has a penis. He cannot be a feminist. How would you argue against that?


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