Germaine Greer

Topics: Feminism, Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch Pages: 3 (831 words) Published: June 19, 2013

“Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?” This is a quote from Germaine Greer, an Australian born woman, who was one of the most prominent figures of the women’s liberation movement in a post war Australian society. She provided a voice and allowed for many people to hear about the cause and realise they are also part of it. Germaine Greer has achieved a lot in her life, and though there are always critics, she is a significant part of the history of women’s liberation in Australia.

Germaine Greer is a Melbourne born Australian, born on the 29th of January 1939. Germaine attended a private convent school in 1956 and received a teaching scholarship allowing her to enrol at the University of Melbourne where she graduated receiving a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and a PhD. After graduation Germaine found herself moving to Sydney, which at the time was strongly filled with anarchist Sydney libertarians at its centre. The ‘Sydney Push’ helped made Greer’s views and morals much more stronger, this resulting the publishment of her book, The Female Eunuch, in 1970. This book had become an international bestseller and a very significant and influential book in the feminist movement. The main idea’s of the book were that the nuclear family is not a good environment for women and for the raising of children, that the way Western society manufactures and restricts women’s sexuality is demeaning and repressive, and that girls are taught to be submissive females from childhood through rules which make them consider themselves inferior to men. She also argues that women do not realise how much men ‘hate’ them and how much they are taught to ‘hate’ themselves. Women all over the world were buying this book, this book caused many fights between married couples and it has been written...

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