Germaine Greer: feminist, boy lover, pedophile?

remember Germaine the feminist from Oz Greer?

now she has written a book that focused on young boys. i think it is cool. if men can go it, why can’t women? she’s 63 for crying out loud.

any comments? maybe u never heard of this gal? mayeb the thread belongs in books? Mods please move if so.

yup, FEMINIST icon Germaine Greer expects to be branded a paedophile after writing a new book challenging conventional views on child pornography.

Greer, 63, says The Boy, which looks at male children in Western art, is about reclaiming the right of women to enjoy the beauty of boys.

“Everyone thinks the only people who like looking at pictures of boys - and I mean boys, not men - are gay men but that’s not true. I, for one, love looking at them,” Greer told British newspaper the Daily Express.

“I’ll be called a paedophile after this.”

Greer, who set the tone of gender politics in the 1970s with The Female Eunuch and went on to attack “lipstick lesbians” and fainthearted feminists in later works, expects The Boy to create controversy.

“It’s going to get me in a lot of trouble,” she said.

"I just can’t let it go. Working on it has been the best fun in the world, because it is a book of pictures of ravishing boys.

"I’d like to reclaim for women the right to appreciate the short-lived beauty of boys - real boys, not simpering 30-year-olds with shaved chests.

“The snag is that everywhere I turn I find new pictures of outrageously lovely boys and it’s too late to get them into the book but I keep downloading them, scanning them and printing them, just in case and just for fun.”

There is no immediate publication date.


Ooh, how controversial. Camille Paglia was talking about this sort of thing 13 years ago. :unamused:


I guess it’s not just men who go through a mid-life crisis. So Germaine’s going to go out and buy a flashy sports car and snag a bimbo blonde trophy husband next, in a vain attempt to recapture her youth?

and demi moore, too. more power to them!

Say what you will about Greer, and plenty do, she does have sharp teeth. Still I think she has a point here.

[quote]Greer’s rebuke over new film
GERMAINE GREER has lashed out at a planned film about her past, calling it “worse than cannibalism”.

The feminist writer has refused to co-operate with the project, which will be based on the Australian writer Richard Neville’s memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake.

The film will tell the story of the controversial satirical magazine Oz, edited during the 1960s by Neville with Richard Walsh and Martin Sharp.

Greer, who was a regular contributor to Oz, will be played by the Australian actress and former model Emma Booth.

But Greer, who refused to help Neville with his book before it was published in 1995, opposes the film. “You used to have to die before assorted hacks started munching your remains and modelling a new version of you out of their own excreta,” Greer wrote in The Guardian. “Reducing the person to excremental artefact before she is dead is worse than cannibalism.”

Greer branded Neville “one of the least talented people on the London scene in the '60s” and advised Booth to “get an honest job” instead of taking the role.

She rejected approaches from the director, Beeban Kidron: “The film Kidron is making … is now being described as about ‘to lay bare Greer’s hippie past’, as if I’ve been trying to conceal it.”
Filming is due to start in September.[/quote]

She’s quite right about Richard Neville, who I guess most non-Australians under fifty would know more for his book the Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj, and who looks uncannily like a better preserved Howard Marks.


I’ve got three cans of Preserved Marks sitting on the back shelf in the pantry. I think they have long since expired, but you’re welcome to them if that’s your thing.