Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the Germaine Greer Series
Germaine Greer is retired. She is professor emeritus in the Department of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England but her legacy lives on. Germaine still writes books. Her most famous book raised the consciousness of women all around the world. It became a springboard for one of the most powerful social revolutions of all times. It helped launch the women’s liberation movement. The feminist revolution took England and Australia ,America and Canada by a storm, . It educated many a young Montreal woman and appealed to the world.
The Female Eunuch
The book was as controversial as she is, in the book she argues that “women do not realise (sic) how much men hate them, and how much they are taught to hate themselves.” The book caused many family fights with men refusing to let their wives read it, yet it sold out and the second printing was translated into eight different languages.
Greer stated that the reason the book was entitled the Female Eunuch was because, 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.”
The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work
This was her second book written in 1979, it chronicles the life of female painters in the 19th century.
To be continued
For a wonderful Women’ s studies program in Montreal apply to the Simone De Beauvoir Instituteat Concordia University.