Why a ban on Germaine Greer?

Oct 30, 2015, 17:09 IST

Student feminists want to stop veteran feminist and writer Germaine Greer from speaking at universities due to her beliefs about transgender people. We take a look at her strong views on feminism and transgender people.


On feminism:

1. The house wife is an unpaid employee in her husband's house in return for the security of being a permanent employee.

2. Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?

3. Women live lives of continual apology. They are born and raised to take the blame for other people's behavior. If they are treated without respect, they tell themselves that they have failed to earn respect. If their husbands do not fancy them, it is because they are unattractive.

4. Status ought not to be measured by a woman's ability to attract and snare a man.

5. If you think you are emancipated, you might consider the idea of tasting your own menstrual blood - if it makes you sick, you've got a long way to go, baby.

On transgenders:

On Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian’s father Bruce who is now a woman: “Transgender women like Bruce Jenner are not women and that they don't look like, sound like, or behave like women. I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman. It seems to me that what was going on there was that he/she [Caitlyn] wanted the limelight that the other, female, members of the family were enjoying and has conquered it, just like that.”

At another discussion on transgenders: Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female.