Germaine Greer

Greer’s revolutionary views and her writing style – direct, honest, bawdy, intelligent and explicit – captured the minds of a generation of young (and older) women who were ready for a political analysis of gender inequality that resonated with their own experience of life. It became an almost instant best seller and was quickly translated into many different languages. Many women who read it claimed it changed their lives, allowing them to discover paths beyond the conventional expectations of nuclear family life.

Germaine Greer is an Australian writer and public intellectual who rose to international influence with her book published in 1970, The Female Eunuch. It was a watershed text in second wave feminism, a bestseller around the world, and it made Greer a household name.

Greer’s infamously bold voice and sense of humour permeates throughout the book. Her strong character and take no prisoners approach to public debate saw her regularly contribute to panels and broadcast media. Greer was launched into the public eye as a young, bolshie feminist star.

Greer is a liberation, rather than equality feminist. She believed achieving true freedom for women meant asserting their uniquely female difference and “insisting on it as a condition of self-definition and self-determination”. Source: The Ethics Centre


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