Germaine Greer isn’t a woman.
According to Germaine, you see, trans women aren’t women. Because trans women, she says, don’t “look like, sound like, or behave like” women.
Womanhood: how you look, how you speak, and how you act.
Germaine Greer isn’t a woman. She doesn’t look like a woman: I don’t know anyone who looks like her. Everyone knows that real women have side-mullets. She doesn’t sound like a woman: that Australian accent? None of the women I know speak like that. If people don’t sound like my friends they are strange and wrong. Women- proper women- have Cork accents. Bai.
She definitely doesn’t behave like a woman. A real woman would never be mean to Wee Daniel.
You can’t have something if you work for it.
But you don’t have to take my word for Greer not being a woman. She told us herself! Listen to this: “I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman.”
In other words, we are not entitled to the things that we work for. Only to the things that we were given at birth.
You are not entitled to your gender if you have gone to any lengths for it. If you’ve faced discrimination and abuse for it. If you’ve had to navigate medical and legal obstacles for it. If you’ve had to come out to everyone in your life. If you have had to face up to workplace discrimination, street harassment, substandard medical care, rejection by your community, vastly increased risk of being attacked or murdered, and far far more.
As a noted feminist, Greer has spent her life working hard for her gender. She’s faced all sorts of adversity to have her conception of her womanhood recognised. She’s gone to absurd lengths to do so- just look at all the books she’s had published. People (myself included!) have said mean things to her about the kind of woman she is. By her own logic, then, we’d be misogynists if we recognise her as a woman. Or any other feminist. Or, for that matter, anyone who’s put any effort into being seen as a woman- so if you’ve ever put on a dress or plucked your eyebrows or even ticked F on a form, you’re right out. Also right out: if anyone has ever questioned your perfect performance of womanhood. Womanhood is only valid if it’s been present since birth, if we’ve done nothing to work for it, and if nobody else has ever questioned it.
Germaine Greer’s gender is open for discussion.
All of our genders are. A person’s gender has nothing to do with their own experience of themselves. It is something that can only be imposed from outside by complete strangers.
In Greer’s world, she herself is the only person who doesn’t have the right to determine her gender. I have the right to tell Greer what her gender is and what it isn’t. She believes that gender is about how you look, speak and behave. And she feels that things that we fight for are worth less than things handed to us in a plate.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be allowed to go through being raised as girls who grow up to write books on feminism and be mean to wee Daniel on the telly. What I’m saying is that that doesn’t make them women. It happens to be an opinion. It’s not a prohibition.
So this is just, like, my opinion man: Germaine Greer is not and never will be a woman.
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