Who is she?
Germaine Greer is an academic and writer who became one of the key global voices of the second wave of feminism. Her book The Female Eunuch is an international bestseller and changed the lives of millions of women worldwide.
Germaine burst onto the scene as a brash, outspoken, highly intelligent and unrelenting voice. She was brutal, she was witty, she was a force to be reckoned with.
The Female Eunuch urged women to think beyond their own social conditioning and have their OWN WILL. It encouraged women to break out of their traditional roles at home and question traditional authority figures.
TFE asserts that the traditional suburban family unit represses women sexually, rendering them ‘eunuchs’, and that women are taught to be submissive to men from childhood, which makes them consider themselves inferior to men.
Why should we thank her?
Germaine’s work pretty much became the international framework for second wave feminism worldwide. Not everyone agrees with Germaine on many of her ideas and statements – she’s a highly divisive figure. But feminism is a broad church and no one can doubt her impact on society and the world, but most importantly, individual womens’ lives. Few books have had such a big impact on everyday people.
“Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.”