The Irrelevant Germaine Greer

I actually remember Germaine Greer from the early days of Second Wave feminism.

I remember her as being sort of a joke, the sexy feminist, the feminist loved by men and dismissed by many other second wave feminists as a wannabee starlette.

In many ways she was like today’s so called self anointed activist, a legend in her own mind rather than an actual organizer or real activist.

That said it should be pointed out that she has been anti-transsexual since the publication of “The Female Eunuch” circa 1972.

A famous quote by Beatrice Evelyn Hall often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

I despise trigger warnings, censorship or the denying of people a place to meet.  Even when those people are Nazis or other loathsome sorts.

You have a right to an opinion, I have the right to be offended.  For me to deny you the right to have an opinion because I am offended would mean I could be denied the right to an opinion that offends you.

I am called a racist and an Islamophobe because I treasure the freedoms accorded by Western Civilization, the Age of Reason and Rule by Law rather than the superstitious babblings of bronze age power trippers.

I am adamantly opposed to the BDS Movement, the denial of Israeli scholars to lecture in various universities and I am opposed to the efforts to silence a group of people I abhor, the TERFs including Julie Bindel and Germaine Greer.

The silencing of these people does not prove the rightness or righteousness of trans-people and their cause.  If anything it proves the weakness of the cases presented by trans-folks.

It makes those attempting the silencing of their critic seem like Lenin and Stalin who felt it necessary to silence any dissenters including Bakunin and Trotsky who dissented from the path of the Bolsheviks.

It is the opposite of free speech and freedom of thought.

Further it enlarges the platform of these dismal bigots by calling attention to their biased babbling.

You have the right to be offended.  I have noted how many are offended by Greer’s statements.  I too am offended even as I stand by her right to say those offensive things without being subjected to an electronic lynch mob of e-activists calling for her head while safely ensconced in front of a monitor and key board in their jammies.

Feminism isn’t dead, despite all the assassination attempts

From The Guardian UK:

The proclaiming of the ‘end of feminism’ by the Spectator and others is merely an attempt to deflect blame for problems society has failed to tackle

Sunday 25 October 2015

Feminism is dead. Long live feminism. The front page of the Spectator and a spate of other articles would have us believe the battle is won and we can now “move on”.

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is wonderful news. We highly strung, hand-wringing, over-sensitive, perpetually offended wilting violets can hang up our suffragette-coloured hats, stop combing Twitter in desperate search of minor criticism to weep about and finally stop hating all the men for long enough to get boyfriends. Rejoice!

Except … there are still just a few minor issues to sort out. As kind as it is of the Spectator (that great bastion of equality, which recently brought us a blow by blow comparison of the looks of the female Labour leadership contenders) to let us poor weary feminists off the hook, there’s a bit of a catch. Women are still being murdered by their male partners every week; 85,000 of us are still being raped each year and 400,000 sexually assaulted; while 54,000 of us lose our jobs each year because of maternity discrimination. British women earn about 19% less than men overall, there are fewer of us running FTSE 100 companies than there are men named John. We are the majority of low-paid workers and the domestic and caring work we do is unpaid and undervalued. At school, one third of us will suffer unwanted sexual touching, also known as sexual assault, between the ages of 16 and 18. One in four of us will experience domestic violence. But you already know all that. You’ve heard it all before. The Spectator and others are terribly thoughtful to offer us a break, because it is a bit tiring, really, to repeat these statistics over and over again. It’s difficult to keep banging on about a problem that remains unsolved, while a vocal section of the population sticks its fingers in its ears and sings: “Nah nah nah nah naaaah, I can’t hear you!”

There is a bit of a glitch in their plan though, because angrily denying that a problem even exists tends to be one of the clearest indicators that a society has yet to get to grips with it.

So what is the source of this growing angst about feminism? If the movement truly were fading to an obscure death, as so many commentators suggest, you might think that front-page articles declaring its proponents “feminazis” and trumpeting its demise would hardly be necessary. The real clue is to be found in the articles themselves, which fixate on objections to wolf whistles and urge us to get a grip and admit that the real reason for the under-representation of women in politics is women’s own gooey fixation with babies. (Don’t worry, there’ll be an emergency feminist meeting where we can get together and work out what to do now the secret ovary-aching truth has been revealed.)

Both arguments suggest a stricken, defensive desire to deflect any sense of blame from the majority of men. If we maintain that there might be some connection between the treatment of women’s bodies as public property in the street and the fact that they are discriminated against in the workplace, we’re suddenly suggesting wolf-whistlers might have to reconsider their behaviour. If we foist the burden for discrimination on women’s own uncontrollable hormones, there’s no longer any public responsibility to do anything about the problem, because it’s perfectly natural.

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