Germaine Greer

(1939 / Melbourne)

Germaine Greer
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Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939) is an Australian academic and journalist, and was a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century.

Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999). She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick.

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  • I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I've always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I'd fall in love with a w...
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. New York Times Book Review (Oct. 11, 1992).
  • ''Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Observer (London, August 1, 1982).
  • ''What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Puberty," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''An enema under the influence of Ecstasy would probably feel much like this.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. Quoted in Independent on Sunday (London, June 3, 1990). Referring to D.H. Lawrence's descri...
  • ''The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Revolution," The Female Eunuch (1970).
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