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I bought this as a few feminists I respect had talked about Greer, said how funny and clever she was. I knew I was in trouble when I didn't even get through the updated foreword without being offended. Her views on gay people and transgender people make me feel deeply uneasy and I would not recommend that anyone with modern sensibilities read this book. I've had it for months now and am still only a few chapters in because I keep putting it down in disgust.
She has some valid points, if you can just get past her transphobia but I regret giving my money to support this hatred.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2014 09:03:45 GMT
That's right, if someone doesn't share your point of view then it's 'hatred'. This is a book on feminism and the place of women in different cultures and times. If you hold a different worldview to Greer, at least have the respect to acknowledge what she was trying to do, and what it accomplished.
Posted on 15 Mar 2015 00:06:54 GMT
Flora Cake says:
I think expecting her to have developed an enlightened view on trans issues in the late 60s is a bit much. Since then we know that her position remains controversial, often negative, but I feel this book should be critiqued in the context of the times and place it was written.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2015 00:19:32 GMT
R Bradshaw says:
I am putting it into context. The horrific terms start in her updated foreword. The reference to "surgical mutilation" was a delightful NEW addition that she updated to include.
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