Germaine Greer

(1939 / Melbourne)

Germaine Greer Quotes

  • ''Where else in the world is a generous man defined as one who would give you his arsehole and shit through his ribs?''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. repr. In The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986). "The New Maharajahs," Sunday Times (London, January 16, 1972).
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  • ''As long as she is young and personable, every woman may cherish the dream that she may leap up the social ladder and dim the sheen of luxury by sheer natural loveliness; the few examples of such a feat are kept before the eye of the public.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "The Stereotype," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''If you think you are emancipated, you might consider the idea of tasting your menstrual blood—if it makes you sick, you've a long way to go, baby.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "The Wicked Womb," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Times (London, Feb. 1, 1986).
  • ''Perhaps ... women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Womanpower," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Womanpower," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. repr. In The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986). "Abortion," Sunday Times (London, May 21, 1972).
  • ''English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Daily Mail (London, April 18, 1988).
  • ''Every time a woman makes herself laugh at her husband's often-told jokes she betrays him. The man who looks at his woman and says "What would I do without you?" is already destroyed.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Egotism," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized, it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities'. To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. repr. In The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986). "Flip-top Legal Pot," Oz (London, Oct. 1968).

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