Germaine Greer

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Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer at the "Humber Mouth" Hull literature festival 2006
Born 29 January 1939 (1939-01-29) (age 70)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Academic writer
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity White
Education University of Melbourne (B.A.)
University of Sydney (M.A.)
University of Cambridge (Ph.D.)
Writing period 1970–present
Subjects Art history, English literature, feminism
Notable work(s) The Female Eunuch

Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939) is an Australian-born writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.[1][2][3]

Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991) and Shakespeare's Wife (2007). She currently serves as Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick.


[edit] Biography

[edit] Early life

Greer was born in Melbourne in 1939, growing up in the bayside suburb of Mentone. Her father was a leading Australian insurance executive, who served as a Wing Commander in the wartime RAAF. After attending a private convent school, Star of the Sea College, in Gardenvale, she won a teaching scholarship in 1956 and enrolled at the University of Melbourne. After graduating with a degree in English and French language and literature, she moved to Sydney, where she became involved with the Sydney Push social milieu and the anarchist Sydney Libertarians at its centre. Christine Wallace, in her unauthorised biography, describes Greer at this time:

For Germaine, [the Push] provided a philosophy to underpin the attitude and lifestyle she had already acquired in Melbourne. She walked into the Royal George Hotel, into the throng talking themselves hoarse in a room stinking of stale beer and thick with cigarette smoke, and set out to follow the Push way of life — 'an intolerably difficult discipline which I forced myself to learn'. The Push struck her as completely different from the Melbourne intelligentsia she had engaged with in the Drift, 'who always talked about art and truth and beauty and argument ad hominem; instead, these people talked about truth and only truth, insisting that most of what we were exposed to during the day was ideology, which was a synonym for lies — or bullshit, as they called it.' Her Damascus turned out to be the Royal George, and the Hume Highway was the road to it. 'I was already an anarchist,' she says. 'I just didn't know why I was an anarchist. They put me in touch with the basic texts and I found out what the internal logic was about how I felt and thought.[4]

By 1972 Greer would identify as an anarchist communist, close to Marxism.[5]

In her first teaching post, Greer lectured at the University of Sydney, where she also earned a first class M.A. in romantic poetry in 1963 with a thesis titled The Development of Byron's Satiric Mode. A year later, the thesis won her a Commonwealth Scholarship, which she used to fund her doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England, where she became a member of the all-women's Newnham College.

Professor Lisa Jardine, who was at Newnham at the same time, recalled the first time she met Greer, at a formal dinner in college:

The principal called us to order for the speeches. As a hush descended, one person continued to speak, too engrossed in her conversation to notice, her strong Australian accent reverberating around the room. At the graduates' table, Germaine was explaining that there could be no liberation for women, no matter how highly educated, as long as we were required to cram our breasts into bras constructed like mini-Vesuviuses, two stitched white cantilevered cones which bore no resemblance to the female anatomy. The willingly suffered discomfort of the Sixties bra, she opined vigorously, was a hideous symbol of male oppression ... [W]e were ... astonished at the very idea that a woman could speak so loudly and out of turn and that words such as "bra" and "breasts' — or maybe she said "tits" — could be uttered amid the pseudo-masculine solemnity of a college dinner.[6]

Greer joined the student amateur acting company, the Cambridge Footlights, which launched her into the London arts and media scene. Using the pen name Rose Blight, she also wrote a gardening column for the satirical magazine Private Eye, and as Dr. G, became a regular contributor to the underground London magazine Oz, owned by the Australian writer Richard Neville.[7] The 29 July 1970 edition was guest-edited by Greer, and featured an article of hers on the hand-knitted Cock Sock, "a snug corner for a chilly prick." She also posed nude for Oz on the understanding that the male editors would do likewise: they did not. Greer was also editor of the Amsterdam underground magazine Suck, which published a full-page photograph of Greer: "stripped to the buff, looking at the lens through my thighs." [8][9]

In 1968 she received her Ph.D. on the topic of Elizabethan drama with a thesis titled The Ethic of Love and Marriage in Shakespeare's early comedies, and accepted a lectureship in English at the University of Warwick in Coventry. The same year, in London, she married Australian journalist Paul du Feu, but the marriage lasted only three weeks, during which, as she later admitted, Greer was unfaithful several times.[10] The marriage finally ended in divorce in 1973.

[edit] Early career

Following her success with the publication in 1970 of The Female Eunuch, Greer resigned her post at Warwick University in 1972 after travelling the world to promote her book. She co-presented a Granada Television comedy show called Nice Time with Kenny Everett and Jonathan Routh, bought a house in Italy, wrote a column for The Sunday Times, then spent the next few years travelling through Africa and Asia, which included a visit to Bangladesh to investigate the situation of women who had been raped during the conflict with Pakistan. On the New Zealand leg of her tour in 1972, Greer was arrested for using the words "bullshit" and "fuck" during her speech, which attracted major rallies in her support.[1][2][3][11][12][13][1][14][15][16]

During the 1970s Greer reinvented herself as an art historian, and undertook research for The Obstacle Race, the Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work . As part of her research she discovered a large proportion of the feminist movement wanted to neutralize all place names in Australia in order to represent a larger cross-section of society and to remove the focus from men. Greer lobbied the City of Dandenong in 1974 to have the name of her home suburb Mentone changed to "Tone".[17]

Also in 1979, she was appointed to a post in the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma as the director for the Center of the Study of Women's Literature. She was also the founding editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, an academic journal, during 1981–82.[18]

[edit] Later career

In 1989, Greer was appointed as a special lecturer and fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, but resigned after attracting negative publicity in 1996 for her actions regarding Dr. Rachael Padman, a transsexual colleague. Greer unsuccessfully opposed Padman's election to a fellowship, on the grounds that Padman had been born male, and Newnham was a women's college. A 25 June 1997 article by Clare Longrigg in The Guardian about the incident, entitled "A Sister with No Fellow Feeling", disappeared from websites on the instruction of the newspaper's lawyers.[19][20][21]

She has also been criticized by Julia Serano for disparagement of transsexuals, sometimes called "cissexism". Serano criticizes Greer for her decision to refer to transwomen as "sex-change males" and for her implications that their existence could be harmful to other women's "identity or self-esteem."[22]

Over the years Greer has continued to self-identify as an anarchist or a marxist. In her books she has dealt very little with political labels of this type, but has reaffirmed her position in interviews. For example, she stated on ABC Television in 2008 that "I ought to confess I suppose that I'm a marxist. I think that reality comes first and ideology comes second," and elaborated later in the program to a question on whether feminism was the only successful revolution of the 20th century saying:

"The difficulty for me is that I believe in permanent revolution. I believe that once you change the power structure and you get an oligarchy that is trying to keep itself in power, you have all the illiberal features of the previous regime. What has to keep on happening is a constant process of criticism, renewal, protest and so forth."[23]

Speaking on an interview for 3CR (an Australian community radio), also in 2008, she described herself as "an old anarchist" and reaffirmed that opposition to "hierarchy and capitalism" were at the centre of her politics.[24]

Greer is now retired but retains her position as Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

[edit] Works

[edit] The Female Eunuch

The 1971 paperback edition of The Female Eunuch featuring John Holmes's iconic cover art

Greer argued in her book, The Female Eunuch, that women do not realise how much men hate them, and how much they are taught to hate themselves. Christine Wallace writes that, when The Female Eunuch was first published, one woman had to keep it wrapped in brown paper because her husband wouldn't let her read it; arguments and fights broke out over dinner tables and copies of it were thrown across rooms at unsuspecting husbands (Wallace 1997). It arrived in the stores in London in October 1970. By March 1971, it had nearly sold out its second printing and had been translated into eight languages.

"The title is an indication of the problem," Greer told the New York Times in 1971, "Women have somehow been separated from their libido, from their faculty of desire, from their sexuality. They've become suspicious about it. Like beasts, for example, who are castrated in farming in order to serve their master's ulterior motives — to be fattened or made docile — women have been cut off from their capacity for action. It's a process that sacrifices vigour for delicacy and succulence, and one that's got to be changed."[25]

Two of the book's themes already pointed the way to Sex and Destiny 14 years later, namely that the nuclear family is a bad environment for women and for the raising of children; and that the manufacture of women's sexuality by Western society was demeaning and confining. Girls are feminised from childhood by being taught rules that subjugate them, she argued. Later, when women embrace the stereotypical version of adult femininity, they develop a sense of shame about their own bodies, and lose their natural and political autonomy. The result is powerlessness, isolation, a diminished sexuality, and a lack of joy:

The ignorance and isolation of most women mean that they are incapable of making conversation: most of their communication with their spouses is a continuation of the power struggle. The result is that when wives come along to dinner parties they pervert civilised conversation about real issues into personal quarrels. The number of hostesses who wish they did not have to invite wives is legion.

Greer argued that women should get to know and come to accept their own bodies, taste their own menstrual blood, and give up celibacy and monogamy. But they should not burn their bras. "Bras are a ludicrous invention," she wrote, "but if you make bralessness a rule, you're just subjecting yourself to yet another repression."

While being interviewed about the book in 1971, she told the New York Times that she had been a "supergroupie." "Supergroupies don't have to hang around hotel corridors," she said. "When you are one, as I have been, you get invited backstage. I think groupies are important because they demystify sex; they accept it as physical, and they aren't possessive about their conquests."

[edit] Other publications

Greer's second book, The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work, was published in 1979. This work details the life and experiences of female painters until the end of the nineteenth century. It also speculates on the existence of women artists whose careers are not recorded by posterity.

Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, published in 1984, continued Greer's critique of Western attitudes toward sexuality, fertility, family, and the imposition of those attitudes on the rest of the world. Greer's target again is the nuclear family, government intervention in sexual behaviour, and the commercialisation of sexuality and women's bodies. Germaine Greer argued that the Western promotion of birth control in the Third World was in large part driven not by concern for human welfare but by the traditional fear and envy of the rich towards the fertility of the poor. She argued that the birth control movement had been tainted by such attitudes from its beginning, citing Marie Stopes and others. She cautioned against condemning life styles and family values in the developing world. Even female genital mutilation had to be considered in context, she wrote, and might be compared with breast augmentation in the West. Her defence of such practices and comparisons with western practices provoked widespread condemnation , such as in a report by the Commons International Development Select Committee. It stated that her comments were "simplistic and offensive", and that "equating the forcible clitoridectomy of an eight-year-old girl with the voluntary body-piercing of an American teenager is absurd".[26][27]

In 1986, Greer published Shakespeare, a work of literary criticism, and The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings, a collection of newspaper and magazine articles written between 1968 and 1985. In 1989 came Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, a diary and travelogue about her father, whom she described as distant, weak and unaffectionate, which led to claims — which she characterized as inevitable in an interview with The Guardian — that in her writing she was projecting her relationship with him onto all other men.

The Beautiful Boy, 2003

In 1991, The Change: Women, Ageing, and the Menopause, which the New York Times called a "brilliant, gutsy, exhilarating, exasperating fury of a book" became another influential book in the women's movement. In it, Greer wrote of the various myths concerning menopause, advising against the use of hormone replacement therapy. "Frightening females is fun," she wrote in The Age. "Women were frightened into using hormone replacement therapy by dire predictions of crumbling bones, heart disease, loss of libido, depression, despair, disease and death if they let nature take its course." She argues that scaring women is "big business and hugely profitable." It is fear, she wrote, that "makes women comply with schemes and policies that work against their interest".

Slip-Shod Sibyls: Recognition, Rejection and the Woman Poet followed in 1995 and, in 1999, the whole woman, intended as a sequel to The Female Eunuch, in which she attacked both men and women for what she saw as the lack of progress in the feminist movement, and the whole woman. The chapter titles reveal the theme: "Food," "Breast," "Pantomime Dames," "Shopping," "Estrogen," "Testosterone," "Wives," "Loathing," "Girlpower", mirroring the arrangement of chapters in the earlier book. Greer wrote in the introduction: "The contradictions women face have never been more bruising than they are now. The career woman does not know if she is to do her job like a man or like herself ... Is motherhood a privilege or a punishment? ... [F]ake equality is leading women into double jeopardy ... It's time to get angry again." Greer's pessimism about the supposed obstacles faced by women were rejected by the New York Times, who instead pointed to her "insistence on seeing developments most feminists would embrace as signs of progress as symptoms of some vague male conspiracy".[27]

In 2003, The Beautiful Boy was published, an art history book about the beauty of teenage boys, which is illustrated with 200 photographs of what The Guardian called "succulent teenage male beauty", alleging that Greer had appeared to reinvent herself as a "middle-aged pederast."[28] Greer described the book as an attempt to address women's apparent indifference to the teenage boy as a sexual object and to "advance women's reclamation of their capacity for, and right to, visual pleasure" (Greer 2003). The boy pictured on the cover was Björn Andresen, who has said that the use of his picture is "distasteful", and he was not consulted about its use.[29][30]

In 2007, Greer contributed an essay to the book Stella Vine: Paintings[31] which accompanied the major solo exhibition of British painter Stella Vine at Modern Art Oxford museum in England. In May 2007, Greer and Vine took part in a public talk Gender & Culture[32] as part of the Women's International Arts Festival.[33] On 18 September 2007, Greer gave a talk about Vine's art with gallery director Andrew Nairne.[34] Also in 2007, Greer published a biography of Anne Hathaway entitled Shakespeare's Wife.

In 2008, she wrote the essay On Rage about the widespread rage of indigenous men, published in the series "Little Books on Big Themes" by Melbourne University Publishing, launched by Bob Carr on 15 August 2008.[35]

Greer has also translated plays; in 1972 she translated Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

[edit] Other media

A biography by Christine Wallace, Germaine Greer: The Untamed Shrew, was published in 1997. Greer responded that biographies of living persons are morbid and worthless, because they can only be incomplete. She said: "I don't write about any living women ... because I think that's invidious; there is no point in limiting her by the achievements of the past because she's in a completely different situation, and I figure she can break the moulds and start again."[36]

In 1999, she sat for a nude photograph by the Australian photographer Polly Borland.[37] The photo was part of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition in 2000. It later appeared in a book titled Polly Borland: Australians.[38]

She has made frequent appearances on the BBC's satirical television panel show Have I Got News For You, including one in the program's very first series in 1990. Her nine appearances as a panellist is the show's current record for a female guest (beaten only in the all-time list by comedian Alexander Armstrong, and tied with writer Will Self), with the most recent occasion being in November 2008. Her most memorable appearance was in 1995 when Ian Hislop quoted Greer's spat with a fellow broadsheet columnist, Suzanne Moore, which included a reference to Moore wearing "fuck me shoes".

Greer was one of nine contestants in the 2005 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK. She had previously said that the show was "as civilised as looking through the keyhole in your teenager's bedroom door". She walked out of the show after five days inside the 'Big Brother house', citing the psychological cruelty and bullying of the show's producers, the dirt of the house, and the publicity-seeking behaviour of her fellow contestants. However since then she has appeared on spin-off shows Big Brother's Little Brother and Big Brother's Big Mouth.[39]

In September 2006, Greer's column in The Guardian about the death of Australian Steve Irwin attracted criticism for what was reported as a "distasteful tirade". Greer said that "The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin". In an interview with the Nine Network's A Current Affair about her comments, Greer said "I really found the whole Steve Irwin phenomenon embarrassing and I'm not the only person who did" and that she hoped that "exploitative nature documentaries" would now end. Former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie labelled her comments "stupid" and "insensitive", one of a number of Australian political leaders to make similar comments. While several Australian newspapers reproduced part of her column they also published letters from readers incensed by her comments the following day. Other Australian commentators, such as P. P. McGuinness, a past editor of Quadrant, supported her comments. In a mixed newspaper opinion piece, she repeated her criticism of Irwin, while saying that it was "disgraceful that it has taken the Australian national portrait gallery six months to" exhibit a portrait of "this most famous Australian".[40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47]

In October 2006, Greer appeared twice in an episode of Ricky Gervais' Extras playing herself.

In the same month she presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary on the life of American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa. She confirmed that she had been a friend of Zappa's since the early 1970s and that his orchestral work "G-Spot Tornado" would be played at her funeral.[48]

In August 2007 Greer made comments regarding Princess Diana, calling her a "devious moron", a "desperate woman seeking applause", "disturbingly neurotic" and "guileless".[49]

[edit] Aboriginal Australians

In early 2000, Greer claimed at a press gathering in London that she never set foot in Australia before receiving the permission of the "traditional owners of the land" at Sydney Airport. New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council spokesman Paul Molloy later claimed that she had never asked permission, despite visiting Sydney several times in recent years, and in any case there was no single group of elders that could give such permission to enter Australia.[50]

In 2001, she attracted publicity again for a proposed treaty with Aboriginal Australia. In 2004, Australian Prime Minister John Howard called her "elitist" and "condescending" after she criticised Australians as "too relaxed to give a damn" and derided her native country as being "defined by suburban mediocrity." Howard called her comments "pathetic".[51]

In July 2007, Greer attacked the then Australian Prime Minister John Howard over his indigenous intervention policy, saying the crisis would be turned into "proliferating catastrophe".[52]

[edit] Personal assault

On 23 April 2000, Greer was assaulted in her home by a 19-year-old female student from the University of Bath who had been writing to her. The student broke into her home in Essex, tied Greer up in the kitchen, and caused damage to Greer's home. Dinner guests eventually found Greer lying in a distressed state on the floor, with the student hanging onto her legs. BBC News reported that the student was originally charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and with false imprisonment, but those charges were dropped and replaced with the harassment charge. She admitted harassing Greer and was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment. Greer was not hurt and told reporters: "I am not angry, I am not upset, I am not hurt. I am fine. I haven't lost my sense of humour. I am not the victim here."[53][54]

[edit] In popular culture

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c Jardine, Lisa. Growing up with Greer, The Guardian, 7 March 1999.
  2. ^ a b Bone, Pamela. "Western sisters failing the fight", The Australian, 8 March 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Germaine Greer," Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2007.
  4. ^ Wallace, Christine, (1997), Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew, Faber & Faber, 1999, ISBN 0-571-19934-8
  5. ^ "Greer on Revolution Germaine on Love". Overland 50/51 Autumn 1972. Recorded February 1972. Retrieved on 16 August 2007. ""I am much more political now than I was then [i.e. than when a Sydney Libertarian] — I'm an anarchist still, but I'd say now I am an anarchist communist which I wasn't then .....The libertarians may have a good deal of intellectual prestige in Sydney, but seeing that they speak in self-evident truths and tautologies most of the time it's not difficult for them to get intellectual recognition. What disappoints me most about all the radical groups in Australia is that they have not yet managed to make the Marxist dialogue a part of the cultural life of the country as a whole, which it is say for example in India — it's something you expect to see discussed in the daily papers."" 
  6. ^ Stephanie Merritt. Danger Mouth, The Guardian, 5 October 2003
  7. ^ Oz magazine
  8. ^ Greer, Germaine (31 May 2007). "Well done, Beth Ditto. Now let it all hang out". Guardian.,,2091764,00.html. Retrieved on 17 March 2008. 
  9. ^ Cook (compiled), Dana; Richard Neville, Clive James, Kenneth Tynan, & many others (15 December 2004). "Encounters with Germaine Greer". The Independent Institute / ifeminists. Retrieved on 17 March 2008. 
  10. ^ Enough Rope Andrew Denton, ABC TV, 15 September 2003, Retrieved on 8 February 2007.
  11. ^ Why does everyone hate me? 17 January 2007
  12. ^ Gibson, Owen. "Greer walks out of 'bullying' Big Brother", The Guardian, 12 January 2005
  13. ^ Greer, Germaine. "Filth!", The Sunday Times, 16 January 2005
  14. ^ Pickering, Charlie. "Nasty Creatures Invading Our Habitat; When a recently deceased crocodile hunter meets a reptile of the press, it's hardly a fair contest.", City Weekly, 14 September 2006
  15. ^ Shukor, Steven. "From feminist sister to Big Brother housemate", The Guardian, 7 January 2005
  16. ^ Weintraub, Judith. "Germaine Greer — Opinions That May Shock the Faithful", New York Times, 22 March 1971
  17. ^ City of Dandenong Annual Report — Petitions (1974)
  18. ^ "Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature" — About[dead link]
  19. ^ In the news:1997 Press For
  20. ^ Brilliant Careers — Germaine Greer
  21. ^ The genius of Madonna
  22. ^ Serano, Julia. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2007.
  23. ^ Germaine Greer, Writing Politics, Q&A, ABC Television, Broadcast 14 August, 2008. The first quote is from 26min 10 sec, and the second is from 29 min 30sec into the vodcast
  24. ^ Interview on 3CR's Radio Mama, broadcast Thursday 28 August, quoted comments made about 10:05 am EST
  25. ^ New York Times, 22 March 1971
  26. ^
  27. ^ a b Michiko Kakutani: "The Female Condition, Re-explored 30 Years Later", 18 May 1999, The New York Times
  28. ^ Danger mouth 5 October 2003
  29. ^ 'I feel used' 16 October 2003
  30. ^ I'm not Germaine's toy, says cover boy 18 October 2003
  31. ^ Stella Vine: Paintings, Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  32. ^ Stella Vine at Modern Art Oxford, Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  33. ^ "Visual Arts: Women's Arts International Festival: Kendal, Cumbria, England" 06 May 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2008
  34. ^ Deedes, Henry. Artist Stella misses brush with her adoring public, The Independent, 18 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  35. ^ Wilson, Lauren (15 August 2008). "Bob Carr pierced by Germaine Greer's 'ferocious logic'". The Australian.,25197,24183660-16947,00.html. Retrieved on 15 August 2008. 
  36. ^ Four Corners, ABC, September 1979.
  37. ^ Germaine Greer by Polly Borland NPG x88457 , October 1999
  38. ^ Polly Borland: Australians
  39. ^ "Germaine Greer: Filth!", The Sunday Times, 16 January 2005. Retrieved on 1 November 2006.
  40. ^ Greer, Germaine (5 September 2006). "That sort of self-delusion is what it takes to be a real Aussie larrikin". Guardian.,,1865124,00.html. Retrieved on 6 June 2006. 
  41. ^ Hudson, Fiona (6 September 2006). "Feminist Greer slams Steve's antics". News Limited.,23599,20362163-2,00.html. Retrieved on 6 June 2006. 
  42. ^ "Greer draws anger over Irwin comments". The Age. 6 September 2006. Retrieved on 6 June 2006. 
  43. ^ "Australian feminist Greer attacks Croc Hunter". Daily News & Analysis. 6 September 2006. Retrieved on 6 June 2006. 
  44. ^ "Greer not surprised Irwin "came to grief"". Reuters. 6 September 2006. Retrieved on 6 June 2006. 
  45. ^ Holloway, Grant; John Vause (7 September 2006). "Storm breaks over attack on Irwin". CNN. Retrieved on 7 June 2006. 
  46. ^ McGuinness, Padraic Pearse (7 September 2006). "Germaine Greer is right, Irwin took silly risks". Crikey. Retrieved on 10 September 2006. 
  47. ^ Irwin portrait looks unmanly: Greer 20 February 2007
  48. ^ Freak Out! The Frank Zappa Story, BBC Radio 4, 7 October 2006. Retrieved on 1 November 2006.
  49. ^ Greer launches another attack on Diana. 26 August 2007
  50. ^ 'Germaine, try this on for size' 08 September 2006
  51. ^ "Outrage as Greer brands Australians dull as Neighbours", The Scotsman, 28 January 2004. Retrieved on 1 November 2006.
  52. ^ Home invasion 5 July 2007
  53. ^ Sapsted, David. "Stalker jumped on Greer crying 'Mummy, Mummy'", The Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2000.
  54. ^ 'Infatuated' student harassed Greer, BBC News, 4 July 2000. Retrieved on 2006.
  55. ^ Mother Greer
  56. ^ Greer, Germaine. "Hippie Hippie Shake is back, and the flesh-eating bacteria turn to me", The Guardian, 16 July 2007. Retrieved on 27 September 2007.
  57. ^ "Black Swan: The Female of the Species". Black Swan Theatre Company. 2007. Retrieved on 17 March 2008. 
  58. ^ Ball, Martin (1 September 2006). "The Female of the Species". The Age. Retrieved on 17 March 2008. 
  59. ^,25197,24014950-15089,00.html
  60. ^

[edit] Further reading

  • Kearney, Kay (2008), "The liberation of Germaine Greer", The Australian Women's Weekly: celebrating 75 years as an Australian icon, Sydney, NSW: ACP Books, pp. 164–167, ISBN 9781876624040 

[edit] External links

NAME Greer, Germaine
SHORT DESCRIPTION academic writer
DATE OF BIRTH 29 January 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH Melbourne, Australia
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