Essay about Germaine Greer

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Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a highly opinionated and controversial feminist whose ideas and theories have divided critics over the decades. She first gained infamy with the release of her first and groundbreaking book The Female Eunuch in 1970 – she was turned almost overnight into an international success and a household name, bringing her both adoration and criticism. Former British MP Edwina Currie has called her "a great big hard-boiled prat" , while others such as New York novelist Bruce Benderson have a markedly different take on the matter; "Her job is that of an artist, to reveal as clearly as possible what exists in nature and society, but not to take advantage of it" . This essay hopes to outline her place in modern
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The Beautiful Boy ¬ contained hundreds of photos of naked and semi-naked boys, and critics stampeded to either attack or defend her actions. Greer intended the book to be an "appreciation of the short lived beauty of boys," but recently acknowledged that some will read it and call her a paedophile; "It's going to get me into a lot of trouble."
For many historians, her shock tactics have become predictable. Miranda Devine, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, said Greer provokes controversy as a marketing ploy, using the "cheapest trick" to do so, breaking taboo. In her scathing critique of the book, Devine wrote, "If there's a taboo left, she'll break it. And since one of the few remaining taboos in Western liberal democracies is paedophilia, that's the area she's most recently entered. The taboo against paedophilia is nothing to her." William Feaver shares this view, writing for The Age, "Germaine Greer is a big name with a big mouth."

In Greer's second book, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, published in 1984, Greer attacks Western attitudes towards sexuality, fertility, and family. She argues that the world is over-populated only by Western standards of comfortable living and of poverty in preference to consumerism. She wrote that female genital mutilation has to be considered in context, and could be compared with breast augmentation in the West. The book consequently gained a

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