Recently, 76-year-old, Australian author and feminist, unleashed an angry tirade against revealing clothing and singled out Beyonce for her stage outfits.
Greer is regarded as a major contributor to the second-wave feminist movement. Her controversial ideas first came to light when she released her first book, The Female Eunuch. Her book argued that women are forced into submissive roles in society to fulfill men’s assumption of a women’s role in society. In her other written works, Greer clarified that her goal is not to achieve equality with men but, rather, to liberate women from oppressive society expectations.
In her recent statement against Beyonce, she said, “Someone like Beyonce who I think is a fantastic musician, a beautiful voice as true as a bell. Umm, why has she always got to be f***ing naked and have wearing skimpy clothes? Why?” She continues, “I’m not saying you have to keep your clothes on but why is sexual display part of the job? I might as well ask that question of a barmaid who says she doesn’t get any tips if she doesn’t show cleavage.”
She has also made the similar statement directed towards athletes, specifically figure skaters. “You think nakedness is usually a sign of submission, it’s a sign of inequality.”
Her comments were made during a new BB documentary looking at her life. In the film, she also calls the #MeToo and Time’s Up moment “bullocks.” During the Golden Globes when female stars wore black in solidarity to support the fight against workplace sexual harassment, she said, “Even the women at the Golden GLoves demonstration had their t**s hanging out.”
Twitter users tweeted their criticism of Greer’s statements. Many of these users were victims of sexual harassment and abuse speaking out about their experience.
Sorry #GermaineGreer you don't speak for all rape victims & survivors. Don't use your platform to suggest inane criminal justice reform which minimises the impact of sexual violence on other victims. #MeToo #endVAWG #itsnotOK #TimesUP
— Winnie M Li (@winniemli) May 31, 2018
Germaine Greer ! #GermaineGreer's comments on rape are appalling, not just for the woman & men subjected to it but for society in general. I wonder whether my attacker who was told, by his friend, "not to get blood on the sheets" was confused about the #sexualviolence involved ?!
— Mark Whittaker (@mawhittaker) May 31, 2018
Rape is a violent act, full stop.
Regardless of the circumstance.
Germain Greer of all people should know this and is letting rape victims/survivors down by her views and comments.#GermaineGreer #Rape #RapeCulture
— Helen; (@helen_a15) May 31, 2018