About Germaine Greer

PUBLISHED: 14:29 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 20 March 2017

Germaine Greer pictured at the Holt Festival in 2013. Picture: RODNEY SMITH

Germaine Greer pictured at the Holt Festival in 2013. Picture: RODNEY SMITH


Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne, Australia and is one of the main feminist voices in the United Kingdom today.

She later came to the UK to study for a PhD at Cambridge University.

Her first book The Female Eunuch, published in 1970, turned her into a household name as it was a worldwide best-seller. The book argues that women are forced to accept submissive roles in society to fulfill men’s thoughts of what being a woman means.

Her other books include Sex and Destiny, where she critiqued Western attitudes towards sexuality, The Change and A Beautiful Boy.

However she is known for saying controversial things on a range of subjects, which included offending the transgender community in 2016 when she claimed that a man making changes to his body in order to change sex “doesn’t make you a woman”.

Yet whatever the reaction to her comments, she is often known to defend them publicly and stand by what she has said.


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