Caitlin Moran has decribed her coming-of-age YA novel, How to Build a Girl as “a bit like Little House on the Prairie, but with really big penises and getting too drunk.”
When Barbara Ellen reviewed the book for The Observer earlier in the summer she observed, “Moran is in danger of becoming to female masturbation what Keats was to nightingales.” Here is Moran on the subject in a recent interview for The Cut:
How is How to Build a Girl different?
I wanted to write something about a teenage girl who was very present in her own sexuality and who was in control of it, because I kept reading about teenage girls who only became aware of it when a man came along and awoke their sexuality. It was kind of like the sexuality was there and he had shown them how to use their body and shown them what sex was. When I talked to my friends about our teenage years, basically, they’d all been very horny at a very early age. They were all sitting around at 13 or 14 going, “Although I would not like to have sex right now because I am too young, I am very interested in that subject. I am masturbating furiously.” I just thought: Why have I never read about a teenage girl masturbating? That’s just nuts. I wanted to write a brilliant, consensual sexual relationship because I know the way that I want to write about sex I’ve not seen anywhere else.
What could be more brilliant or helpful than for teenage girls to know at a very early age that they are in control of their sexuality? It doesn’t have to involve anyone else. They can just be in their room and have all these amazing experiences, which won’t cost them any money or mean that they leave the house. It’s got no calories in it. It’s a really lovely hobby for a young girl to have.