Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Germaine Greer series
Many people were shocked by Germaine Greer’s abruptness. There was no shame for this woman; she called it as she saw it. However, more importantly she was a no nonsense person and she made many good points. Prior to the brassier, women wore tight fitting corsets to conceal the real size of their waists to entice men. The brassier was an improvement; but, was it really for the comfort of the women, for fashion, or for enticing a man?
The brassier was invented by Mary Phelps Jacob to go with her evening gown. It was a healthier choice; but, still not a comfortable one. The reason for this was because even though Mary made her brassier from silk handkerchiefs and the Caresse Crosby ribbon , when she sold her company to Warner Brothers they changed the design to fit the boyish so called figures of the 1920 flapper girls. No other type of woman and breast size was even considered at that point. Yet, as we all know one size does not fit all. The style flattened the natural swell of the breast. By the 1970’s the uncomfortable underwear was invented,. The jutted pointed cones that Greer complained about was about as unnatural in appearance as could be. Women had the choice of hiding their breasts (1920), confining them, or having them stick out and pointed like some kind of futuristic mechanical device, or perhaps Lady Gaga. Today’s bras are much more feminine and natural looking.
College Days continued
Germaine Greer became a member of the Cambridge footlights, a London theater group, and started writing under the pen name of Rose Blight. She wrote a gardening column for the satirical magazine Private Eye, and she wrote for London’s underground magazine, Oz. Greer’s writings were very controversial and derogatory to men.
If it is good for women it is good for men
Greer was as flamboyant as she was controversial posing nude in a photograph called “stripped to the buff, looking at the lens through my thighs.” She also posed nude for the magazine with the understanding that the men would do the same; they never did.
For a wonderful Women’ s studies program in Montreal apply to the Simone De Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.