Monday, December 03, 2007

Germaine Greer

"The house wife is an unpaid employee in her husband's house in return for the security of being a permanent employee."

Germaine Greer was born in 1939 in Melbourne (Australia) and has been living in England since 1962. She comes from a middle-class family. She went to several universities and got a degree in English and French languages and literatures. In Sydney she joined the Push group of intellectuals whose anarchist-libertarian ideas and philosophy influenced her. After her studies, she moved to England and worked there as an English literature professor. She has also worked as a journalist and a writer in different genres.

Her first great book was The Female Eunuch published in 1970, where Greer denounced the oppression of women. It attracted as much criticism as praise. The fact that the author spoke freely about sexuality was very controversial. On the other hand, after a few months, the book was read all around the world. It also promoted many feminist ideas.

Fourteen years later, Greer pursued these topics in Sex and Destiny, adding criticism about the nuclear family and the Western attitude towards women’s concerns.

An other important book is the sequel to The female Eunuch: The Whole Woman (1999). She began the book with the words: “The time has come to get angry again”. In another book written the same year, she criticized the lack of progress in the feminist movement.

Despite the fact that she has often been criticized and that she has been shocking many people, Germaine Greer has opened the minds of modern society and has become a model for many feminists.

Céline & Mélissa

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