Previously published in Examiner
Part 6 of Germaine Greer series
Books that Germaine Greer authored continued
In 1989, Germaine Greer wrote, Daddy We Hardly Knew You, where she showed her father to be weak, and distant; not showing any affection. This book was criticized within the academic world for projecting the relationship she had with her father on to all men everywhere.
The Change: Women, Ageing, and the Menopause, published in 1991, was called “brilliant, gutsy, exhilarating, exasperating fury of a book” by the New York times, became another influential book in the women’s movement. In this book Greer debunks the mythos of menopause and speaks out against hormone therapy stating it is big business to scare women into taking hormone replacements because of dire warning of crumbling bones, loss of sex drive, heart disease, and depression.
Slip-Shod Sibyls: Recognition, Rejection and the Woman Poet was written in 1995
The Whole Woman, published in 1999 was the sequel to The Female Eunuch. In this book she discusses her disappointment with the feminist movement and how it has not progressed in a fundamental way. She discusses how girls are cutting themselves; meaning their lives have not much improved since the days of the feminism and even suggests that this kind of maladaptive behavior did not occur in the 1970’s. Again, she brings up the controversial topic of female genital mutilation in third world countries and how we should all support the women in eastern countries in the fight for the elimination of such terrible acts.
The Beautiful Boy was published in 2003, is comprised of pictures of teenage boys. Greer says it is okay for women to view these pictures and enjoy them. She says that women have ignored a teenage boy’s sexuality.
Germaine Greer appeared in Celebrity Big Brother UK and stormed off the show within five days stating the house was dirty and there was psychological cruelty and bullying going on. Yet, she did appear on two spin-off shows.
In 2006, Greer received a lot of criticism for her article appearing in the Guardian just after the death of Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, she said, “The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin”
For a wonderful Women’ s studies program in Montreal apply to the Simone De Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.