GERMAINE GREER THE FEMALE EUNUCH PDF

Germaine Greer in a photoshoot for the satirical underground magazine Oz, in Her value to feminism is as a destructive force, tearing down stereotypes and smashing taboos. As a public intellectual, she had self-confidence you could bounce rocks off. She was never ashamed of being clever. She demanded to be heard.

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Shelves: 19th-centurylit-late , hear-me-roar-and-gender , anarchism-revolutions As the new "American Healthcare Act" comes to light, one thing that strikes many of us is how many pre-existing conditions on the list are specific only to women: pregnancy, C-section, hysterectomy, just to name a few. Germaine Greer wrote The Female Eunuch in Wake up! Greer discusses the many ways women have been taught to hate themselves. This is not as easy as just recognizing this and moving on - this is some insidious shit, and it surrounds all of us.

If you watch commercials on TV today, you are still inundated with ads for things that tell men that their women want diamonds in order to feel loved There are ads for weight loss supplements that are geared towards women.

They are reminded that as they age, they put on weight, their skin sags, their hair dries and thins out. There are commercials for feminine products of a wide variety. Women do not feel comfortable in most places, even when working solely with women taking a tampon out of their bag at work and walking down the hall with it in their hand; less so with a maxipad in hand.

Greer talks about a lot of the obvious ways women are told they are not good enough, the one most can relate to, probably, is on Body. Social media now plays a factor on this, where so many of our friends are training for a marathon and posting pictures of their workouts, and some are too sick physically or mentally to get off the couch most days, and therefore they feel worse about themselves and their physical appearance.

Intellectually we know that filters exist, and PhotoShop, etc. Greer also touches on topics of women hating on women, a problem that still exists today. Women rarely in Western society pick each other up and work together. And in my own experience, I can tell you all sorts of examples about competitive women instead of supportive women. You ever see in comparison how much a man pays to get their hair cut, even sometimes styled? They invalidate the experiences of others. Greer was angry when she wrote this book.

Occasionally throughout her book she seems "too angry", which is another way we like to invalidate something someone says. Greer is allowed to be angry, and quite honestly we should all still be angry, especially in light of our current administration and these acts of hate against women.

But it is, sadly. She calls for a revolution, wants to know what each of us will do. Some of us have been working towards that goal for a while, and what happened in Washington, DC and across the world on Inauguration Day in January was the first step in which a lot of other people started to wake up and take a stand. But not everything has to be on the same large scale to make a statement.

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The Female Eunuch

This book is a part of the second feminist wave. The old suffragettes, who served their prison term and lived on through the years of gradual admission of women into professions which they declined to follow, into parliamentary freedoms which they declined to exercise, into academies which they used more and more as shops where they could take out degrees while waiting to get married, have seen their spirit revive in younger women with a new and vital cast. Mrs Hazel Hunkins-Hallinan, leader of the Six Point Group, welcomed the younger militants and even welcomed their sexual frankness. After the ecstasy of direct action, the militant ladies of two generations ago settled down to work of consolidation in hosts of small organizations, while the main force of their energy filtered away in post-war retrenchments and the revival of frills, corsets and femininity after the permissive twenties, through the sexual sell of the fifties, ever dwindling, ever more respectable. Evangelism withered into eccentricity. The new emphasis is different.

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Germaine Greer

When he asked for ideas for new books, she repeated a suggestion of her agent, Diana Crawford, which she had dismissed, that she write about female suffrage. I probably share in all the effortless and unconscious contempt that men pour on women. Yesterday the title was Strumpet Voluntary—what shall it be today? Its message is that women have to look within themselves for personal liberation before trying to change the world.

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