Germaine Greer
academic writer
Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer was an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, and a significant feminist voice of the later 20th century. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition.
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Isabel Allende: My Life As A Feminist
Huffington Post - 4 months
Renowned author and activist Isabel Allende explains why she's a feminist and encourages women to keep working on behalf of each other. I have been a feminist since before the word was invented. I grew up in Chile. At the time Chile was a socially conservative and Catholic country--a patriarchy like everywhere else. I come from a family of very strong men, and the patriarch was my grandfather. I had never heard the word feminism, but I was an angry kid and grew up with rage against all forms of authority. I was very protective of my mother. I felt that she somehow was a victim. I didn't know the word victim either, but I felt that everything was so unfair to her. My father abandoned my mother when I was three. The marriage was annulled, and my mother was a 24-year-old woman with 3 babies and no money and no training in a social class where women mostly did not work. She had to go back to live with her father, my grandfather, who gave us a home and protected us. I grew up ob ...
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A Love Letter To Louise Bourgeois, A Feminist Icon Whether She Likes It Or Not
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Louis Bourgeois is a feminist art icon, even if she -- in some mythical afterlife populated by giant spiders and contorted, alien figures -- would hate the label. When she was alive, she was aloof on the subject. "Some of my works are, or try to be feminist, and others are not feminist," she proclaimed in an interview with the San Francisco Museum of Art. "I am lucky to have been brought up by a mother who was a feminist and fortunate enough to have married a husband who was a feminist, and I have raised sons who are feminists," Germaine Greer quoted her as saying in The Guardian, not long after Bourgeois' death in 2010. The artist, famous for her mammoth sculptures of spiders, pointedly leaves herself out of the list, insinuating not a rejection of the -ism, necessarily, but perhaps a bit of condescension toward critics eager to associate her with the term, no matter her opinions. Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 2003. Collection The Easton Foundation. Photo: Christopher Burke. Bo ...
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Oliver Cross: Why National Treasures do not have to be treasurable
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
PRIVATE Eye magazine, which does such sterling work in the war against lazy journalism and clichés, has a regular feature which notes how often the press and broadcasters try to make personalities and institutions more interesting by describing them as National Treasures. The Eye’s treasures this week are Gregg’s the bakers, suppliers of fat-filled (and very tempting) pasties to working people who don’t have the time or the money to eat slowly or sensibly, and Morrissey, the bad-tempered extreme vegetarian. The point about National Treasures is that they don’t have to be treasurable. They just need to stay around for a long time without becoming the subject of police historical offences inquiries. This must be depressing for figures like Morrissey and Tony Benn, who (because people generally remain the same age in their own heads) think of themselves as radical and challenging even after the press has decided that they have become so irrelevant that it can be nice to them. This ha ...
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Thigh gap
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Once, only models were determined to make sure that their legs didn't touch. Now it has become a widespread, harmful – and often unachievable – obsession She may have modelled for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, but when a photo of Robyn Lawley wearing a corset appeared on Facebook the responses were far from complimentary. "Pig", "hefty" and "too fat" were some of the ways in which commenters described the 24-year-old. Her crime? Her thighs were touching. Lawley had failed to achieve a "thigh gap". The model, who has her own swimwear line and has won numerous awards for her work, responded vehemently below the line: "You sit behind a computer screen objectifying my body, judging it and insulting it, without even knowing it." She also went on to pen a thoughtful rallying cry for the Daily Beast last week against those who attacked her, saying their words were "just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my bod ...
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ArtsBeat: Germaine Greer’s Archives Are Sold to the University of Melbourne
NYTimes - over 3 years
Germaine Greer has agreed to sell her archives to the University of Melbourne, with proceeds donated to rainforest rehabilitation efforts in Australia.     
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Arianna Huffington: 'My mother said failure was a stepping stone to success'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Arianna Huffington has been confounding expectations all her life. Now one of the most powerful media moguls in the world, she says the Huffington Post is 'her last act'. Really? On a sweltering evening in central London this week, smartly dressed young women gathered to discuss "Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power". The keynote speaker contrasted the ancient Greek philosophers' ideal of "a good life" with our modern misapprehension that it means working 24/7, sleepless and stressed, soldered to a BlackBerry. We need a revolution to redefine success, she told her audience. Rest, relaxation and meditation are the future. "Prioritise your health. Live your life as if everything is rigged in your favour. Burnt-out people do not create a sustainable planet." She could pass quite easily for the owner of a wellbeing centre for Notting Hill ladies who lunch. Regally coiffed and impeccably dressed, she said nothing much that you won't already have heard from yoga enthusiasts. The surp ...
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Christina Sweeney-Baird: What Does Modern Day Feminism Mean?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Just before I started at Cambridge I went to a school leavers event. The topic of Caitlin Moran's joyously hilarious book, How to Be a Woman came up and the 'big word' inevitably followed. "Oh I'm not a feminist," three intelligent, highly-educated young women hurriedly chorused. (For the record, I wasn't one of them.) Their refusal to even entertain calling themselves feminists was depressing and unsurprising. Beyonce perhaps unwittingly summed it up when she recently answered the question, "Are you a feminist?" with, "I don't really feel that it's necessary to define it. It's just something that's kind of natural for me, and I feel like... you know... it's, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right?" One of the highest profile women in the world spoke about how important feminism is to her to the extent that she lives for it but bookended the statement with rejections of the word 'feminist'. The fact is that there is a dearth of women ...
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PICTURE: The Meanest Fourth-Grader?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Kids say the darnedest things, but sometimes they cut to the quick, too. Take, for example, this smart-aleck fourth-grader, who should probably back away from daytime television and clearly needs to put Germaine Greer on his summer reading list. His teacher posted this exchange to Facebook (shortly after sending him to detention, we hope). If she was seeking sympathy within her social network, she went to the wrong place. The post pulled in 180 "Likes" by the time one of her friends posted the status update to Reddit for the rest of the Internet to see. LOOK:
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Richard Caseby: Why the Guardian's Verbal Sexual Assault on Page Three Girls Is Baffling
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Whatever happened to the Guardian? Time was, you could rely on it to rush to the barricades on behalf on any hard-working girl struggling to make her way in a male-dominated world. The women's pages were shrill, they were mocked, but in the 1970s they were often ahead of their time. Yep, they were genuinely revolutionary. Wasn't it the Guardian that first took up arms for equal pay, campaigned against violence against women and then prostitutes' rights? How time and class prejudice has corroded its values. These days you only have to be a Page 3 model to be attacked by one of its columnists as a "downmarket scrubber". How violent is that? I defend anyone's right to an honest objection to Page 3, but the Guardian's verbal sexual assault on these women is as repellent as it is baffling. How on earth did the Guardian and its columnist Marina Hyde sink to this nadir? Perhaps the editor Alan Rusbridger calculates that ordinary Page 3 girls are fair game and won't retaliate ...
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Katy Campbell: Reclaiming the C**t
Huffington Post - about 4 years
That has to be my favourite phrase, taken from The Vagina Monologues, it not only makes me laugh, but also rings true. 2013 is the year to reclaim the cunt. Hi, my name is Katy, and I'm a feminist. Before I go on I'd like to clear up a few things: I shave. I don't hate men I don't whine about everything (I do whine about most things, but usually lack of chocolate and gin). Caitlin Moran, in her hilarious book 'How to Be a Woman', explains the best way of finding out if you are a feminist (this is clearly angled at women, though men feel free to try it): "So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.a) Do you have a vagina? and b) Do you want to be in charge of it?If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist."  So, I'm a feminist because I answered yes to both those questions, and if you're a woman reading this you most likely answered yes too. Great, so we've got the label, now what the fuck d ...
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Barbara & Shannon Kelley: Repeat After Me: Just Say No
Huffington Post - about 4 years
If we want to close the ambition gap, a good first step might be learning how to shake our heads. There's this great quote from Feminist icon Germaine Greer: "When we talk about women having it all, what they really have all of is the work." She was being somewhat facetious. But then again, not so much. Which leads me to wonder: Would women be more powerful if we could just say no? A couple of recent studies just say yes. Some say that women are hard-wired to please. Others say we're socialized that way. In either case, we see it all the time: Good little girls doing as they're told at home, eager for the stamp of approval from mommy or daddy; older girls sitting still in class and turning in their homework on time to please their teachers. But what's surprising is that, according to a new study, even those of us raised with the "you go, girl" rhetoric never seem to outgrow our eagerness to please. According to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, a paper presented ...
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Sienna Jae Fein: What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When did feminism stop being about smashing through the glass ceiling and start being about how smashing we look now that we are aging? The founding feminists were more into good jobs than good genes. Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan lit a torch and led millions of women out of inequity's darkness. Along the way, that trail-blazing generation took for granted that rock and roll, yoga, hot sex and Clairol would keep them eternally young. Suddenly, Boomer women are in their 50's and 60's. Their mirrors are offering up jowls, age spots and frown lines. It's a shock they didn't expect, and these ladies are not going gentle into that chin-wattle night. I'd like to say I'm exempt from the fear of aging or, more to the point, from the fear of looking old. Like most other women in my age group, I long for non-droopy eyelids. I can't afford a facelift, but if I had an extra $18,000, I'd be jumping on that plane to Costa Rica -- or not. Maybe I'd put the m ...
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'Dented, painted' holy cows
The Times of India - about 4 years
Author and feminist Germaine Greer - whom Abhijit Mukherjee might well have described as the archetype of the 'dented, painted' feminine activist - remarked that India worships both the sacred cow and the woman, and more often than not works both to death. The self-styled 'Female Eunuch' might have been intrigued to hear a similar opinion being voiced by Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Speaking at a function organised to lay the foundation stone of what is billed as..
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‘Dented, painted’ holy cows: RSS chief says rearing gau mata will prevent attacks on women
The Times of India - about 4 years
Author and feminist Germaine Greer – whom Abhijit Mukherjee might well have described as the archetype of the ‘dented, painted’ feminine activist – remarked that India worships both the sacred cow and the woman, and more often than not works both to death.
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Scott De Buitléir: Even Flow: A More Likely Antihero Story
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Think of all the superhero cartoons, comics and films that have been made over the years. Most of them -- bar Batman, maybe -- aren't that realistic. The superheroes have had some sort of unlikely event happen to them; Superman wasn't from Earth (but just happened to look human... right), a genetically altered spider bit Peter Parker, radiation mutated the Fantastic Four, and even the X-Men (this writer's favorite of all superheroes) all have mutations that aren't completely plausible. Now, think about a group of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands to protect -- and even avenge -- the dignity of minorities. Sounds a bit more possible, doesn't it? This is exactly what's involved with Darragh McManus' new novel, Even Flow. Set in New York, the novel follows a group of men calling themselves the 3W Gang; regular guys who are into movies, beer and carrying out selective, brutal punishment of misogynists and homophobes. Hunting them is a gay detective, determined to ...
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Emma L. E. Rees: Not Seeing the C-Word (Or Even the V-Word)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I can report that the sky has not fallen. The end of days has not come. The Apple iTunes Bookstore continues to function as normal, despite an about-turn which means that a reader seeking Naomi Wolf's new book can now search for 'Vagina' and not, as was initially the case, be dazzled by a row of typographical stars from the 'V****a' firmament. The odd flush of coyness which at first colored Apple's cheeks was easily overcome. The corporate behemoth quickly responded to its customers' demands and started treating them as adults. But we forget the retailer's preliminary recalcitrance about the word 'vagina' at our peril. Apple emphasized, in its silly censorship, the urgent need for a book such as the one Wolf has written. Further, the recent spate of Wolf-baiting by reviewers of her book also serves to emphasize the publication's timeliness. Twitter, that cultural zeitgeist, is an especially fertile breeding-ground for virulent comments. Here, the uninformed and the un ...
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‘I knew I’d never see complete victory’
Catholic Herald - almost 5 years
On October 28 1967 Phyllis Bowman lay awake in the small hours of the night and began to cry. Her husband sat beside her and asked her what was wrong. “He said: ‘What are you crying for?’” she recalls. “I replied: ‘I know we have lost the vote.’ I don’t know how I knew, I just knew. And he said: ‘But you didn’t ever really think that we were ever going to defeat the Government?’” But Bowman’s husband had misunderstood. “That isn’t it,” she told him. “I’ll never see this country without abortion again.” Bowman is describing that memorable night at her home in west London. We have just had a lunch of salmon, bread and butter. Although at 85 Bowman shows signs of frailty she is the perfect hostess, offering me a glass of sherry and diligently wiping the already-clean dining table. Perhaps it is no coincidence that a woman who works tirelessly to promote human dignity is herself so dignified. She pats her neat hair and apologises because she thinks it is not up to its usual standard. ...
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Jill’s Berringden Brow set to take a final bow
Hebden Bridge Times - almost 5 years
THE adventures of a popular literary character have all but come to an end. Life’s Rich Tapestry, written by Jill Robinson, is the final book of a four part series following the life of fictional female role model Jess of Berringden Brow. Mytholmroyd resident Jill, who wrote the books after reading that feminist Germaine Greer had complained about the menopause that all heroines tended to be young, said it has been an emotional journey. “When I started - which was more than 10 years ago - I had thought it would just be the one book,” she said. “I thought I’d write it, get it published and it would be a stand-alone piece but it was lovely when people asked me for more. “The feedback was so encouraging too. People kept saying to me ‘it’s almost as if you’ve been eavesdropping on my life.’” The other books in the series are Memoirs of a Single Parent With A Crush, Sons and Lodgers and A Place Like This, and Jill believes now is the perfect time to have penned the last offering. T ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Germaine Greer
  • 2015
    Age 76
    In 2015 students at Cardiff University in Wales petitioned to stop Greer from speaking to the university on "Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century", arguing that her views about transgender women were transphobic and misogynist.
    More Details Hide Details Greer responded by reaffirming, during an interview with the BBC's Newsnight, that she does not regard transgender women as women. The lecture went ahead as planned.
  • 2014
    Age 75
    The transfer of the archive from Greer's home in England began in July 2014; the university said it would raise A$3 million to fund the process.
    More Details Hide Details Greer said that her fee would be donated to her charity, The Friends of Gondwana Rainforest.
  • 2013
    Age 74
    The University of Melbourne announced in 2013 that it would house the archive of Greer's work, which includes letters from family, friends, colleagues and critics, filling over 150 filing cabinet drawers.
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  • 2008
    Age 69
    Greer argued in 2008 that "reality comes first and ideology comes second," and elaborated on whether feminism was the only successful revolution of the 20th century:
    More Details Hide Details The difficulty for me is that I believe in permanent revolution. I believe that once you change the power structure and you get an oligarchy that is trying to keep itself in power, you have all the illiberal features of the previous regime. What has to keep on happening is a constant process of criticism, renewal, protest and so forth. Greer's position on transgender women has attracted controversy since 1997, when she unsuccessfully opposed the offer of a Newnham College fellowship to physicist Rachael Padman, arguing that Padman had been born male and should therefore not be admitted to a women-only college.
  • 2006
    Age 67
    In 2006 her Guardian column on the death of Australian Steve Irwin was criticized as insensitive for concluding that the animal world had "finally taken its revenge on Irwin," and that she hoped "exploitative nature documentaries" would now end.
    More Details Hide Details The following month she presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary on American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa, a friend of hers since the early 1970s. She said that his orchestral work "G-Spot Tornado" would be played at her funeral. From the 1970s Greer has described herself as an anarchist or Marxist, though in 2012 she said she had become a member of the British Liberal Democrats.
  • 1998
    Age 59
    In 1998 she wrote an episode, "Make Love not War," for the television documentary series Cold War, and sat for a nude photograph by the Australian photographer Polly Borland.
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  • 1990
    Age 51
    Greer makes regular celebrity appearances on television, particularly in the UK. She appeared on the BBC's Have I Got News for You several times from 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 50
    In 1989 came Daddy, We Hardly Knew You, a diary and travelogue about her father, whom she described as distant, weak and unaffectionate, which led to claims – which she described as inevitable – that in her writing she was projecting her relationship with him onto all other men.
    More Details Hide Details Natalie Angier, writing in The New York Times, called The Change: Women, Ageing, and the Menopause (1991) a "brilliant, gutsy, exhilarating, exasperating fury of a book." In it, Greer wrote of the myths about menopause, advising against the use of hormone replacement therapy. "Frightening females is fun," she wrote in The Age. "Women were frightened into using hormone replacement therapy by dire predictions of crumbling bones, heart disease, loss of libido, depression, despair, disease and death if they let nature take its course." She argues that scaring women is "big business and hugely profitable." It is fear, she wrote, that "makes women comply with schemes and policies that work against their interest." Slip-Shod Sibyls: Recognition, Rejection and the Woman Poet (1995) is an account of women who wrote poetry in English before 1900, and an examination of why so few female poets have been admitted to the literary canon. Her conclusion is that women were held to different and lower standards than men (hence the "slip-shod" sibyls of the title, quoting Alexander Pope), and the poetic tradition discouraged good poetry from women. The book includes a critique of the concept of the woman as Muse, associated with Robert Graves and others, a chapter on the reputation of Sappho and her use as a symbol of female poetry, a chapter on the 17th-century poet Katherine Philips, two chapters on Aphra Behn and one on Anne Wharton, both also of the 17th century; the 17th- and 18th-century poet Anne Finch; and the 19th-century poets Letitia Landon and Christina Rossetti.
    In 1989 she became a fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, where she had completed her PhD. That year she founded Stump Cross Books, which publishes the work of 17th- and 18th-century women poets.
    More Details Hide Details The imprint is financed by Greer. In 1998 Greer returned to Warwick as Professor of English and Comparative Studies. The book was published by HarperCollins in London in October 1970. A Paladin paperback soon followed, with cover art by John Holmes. By March 1971 the book had nearly sold out its second printing and had been translated into eight languages. It has never been out of print. Greer argued in the book that women do not realise how much men hate them, and how much they are taught to hate themselves. When it was first published, Wallace writes, one woman wrapped it in brown paper and kept it hidden under her shoes because her husband would not let her read it. "The title is an indication of the problem," Greer told The New York Times in 1971. "Women have somehow been separated from their libido, from their faculty of desire, from their sexuality. They've become suspicious about it. Like beasts, for example, who are castrated in farming in order to serve their master's ulterior motives—to be fattened or made docile—women have been cut off from their capacity for action. It's a process that sacrifices vigor for delicacy and succulence, and one that's got to be changed."
  • 1979
    Age 40
    In 1979 Greer was appointed director of the Center of the Study of Women's Literature at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 1981 founded the Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, an academic journal that highlights previously unknown women writers.
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  • 1973
    Age 34
    In 1973 she debated William F. Buckley, Jr. at the Cambridge Union on the motion "This House Supports the Women's Liberation Movement."
    More Details Hide Details Buckley recalled Greer had "trounced him." "Nothing I said," he wrote in 1989, "and memory reproaches me for having performed miserably, made any impression or any dent in the argument. She carried the house overwhelmingly."
  • 1972
    Age 33
    After leaving Warwick in 1972, Greer co-presented Nice Time, a Granada Television comedy show, with Kenny Everett and Jonathan Routh, bought a house in Italy, wrote a column for The Sunday Times, and travelled throughout Africa and Asia.
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  • 1970
    Age 31
    She began writing columns for Oz magazine, owned by Australian writer Richard Neville, whom she had met at a party in Sydney. The magazine's July 1970 edition, OZ 29, featured "Germaine Greer knits private parts," an article on the hand-knitted Keep it Warm Cock Sock, "a snug corner for a chilly prick."
    More Details Hide Details As Rose Blight she wrote a gardening column for Private Eye. She was also co-founder and editor of the Amsterdam underground magazine Suck, which published a full-page photograph of her "stripped to the buff, looking at the lens through her thighs." Her articles for Suck included one entitled "I Am a Whore." The Female Eunuch was published in October 1970, launched at a party attended by editors from Oz. Arguing that the suburban, consumerist, nuclear family represses and devitalizes women, the book became an international bestseller and a watershed text in the feminist movement. The following year Greer appeared on the cover of Life magazine, under the title "Saucy Feminist That Even Men Like," and in April famously debated Norman Mailer, who had just published The Prisoner of Sex, in "Dialogue on Women's Liberation," at the Town Hall in New York. Greer shared the stage with Jill Johnston, Diana Trilling and Jacqueline Ceballos, while Susan Sontag and Betty Friedan sat in the audience.
  • 1969
    Age 30
    She received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1969 for a thesis entitled The Ethic of Love and Marriage in Shakespeare's Early Comedies.
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  • 1968
    Age 29
    In 1968 she was married for the first and only time.
    More Details Hide Details She met Paul du Feu, an English graduate who was working as a builder, outside a pub in Portobello Road, London, and married him at Paddington Register Office after a brief courtship, using a ring from a pawn shop. The marriage lasted only a few weeks; Greer wrote that she spent their wedding night in an armchair, because her husband, drunk, would not allow her in bed. She said she had been unfaithful to him several times. Du Feu later married and divorced Maya Angelou.
    Greer worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Warwick from 1968 to 1972, living at first in a rented bedsit in Leamington Spa.
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  • 1965
    Age 26
    She was billed in 1965 as the first woman to be granted full membership.
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  • 1964
    Age 25
    Greer joined the student acting company, the Cambridge Footlights in October 1964, on the same day as Clive James and Russell Davies.
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    The thesis won her a Commonwealth Scholarship, which she used to fund her doctorate, arriving in 1964 at Newnham College, Cambridge, a women-only college.
    More Details Hide Details Lisa Jardine, who was at Newnham at the same time, recalled the first time she met Greer, at a formal dinner in college: The principal called us to order for the speeches. As a hush descended, one person continued to speak, too engrossed in her conversation to notice, her strong Australian accent reverberating around the room. At the graduates' table, Germaine was explaining that there could be no liberation for women, no matter how highly educated, as long as we were required to cram our breasts into bras constructed like mini-Vesuviuses... The willingly suffered discomfort of the Sixties bra, she opined vigorously, was a hideous symbol of male oppression. were astonished at the very idea that a woman could speak so loudly and out of turn and that words such as 'bra' and 'breasts' – or maybe she said 'tits' – could be uttered amid the pseudo-masculine solemnity of a college dinner.
  • 1963
    Age 24
    Her first teaching post was at the University of Sydney, where she earned a first-class Master of Arts degree in romantic poetry in 1963, for a thesis entitled The Development of Byron's Satiric Mode.
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  • 1956
    Age 17
    From 1956 she attended the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French language and literature.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation Greer moved to Sydney, where she became involved with the Sydney Push and the anarchist Sydney Libertarians. Christine Wallace describes Greer at this time: Greer walked into the Royal George Hotel, into the throng talking themselves hoarse in a room stinking of stale beer and thick with cigarette smoke, and set out to follow the Push way of life – "an intolerably difficult discipline which I forced myself to learn." The Push struck her as completely different from the Melbourne intelligentsia she had engaged with in the Drift, "who always talked about art and truth and beauty and argument ad hominem; instead, these people talked about truth and only truth, insisting that most of what we were exposed to during the day was ideology, which was a synonym for lies – or bullshit, as they called it."
  • 1952
    Age 13
    In 1952 she won a scholarship to Star of the Sea College in Gardenvale, a convent school run by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; a school report called her "a bit of a mad-cap and somewhat erratic in her studies and in her personal responses."
    More Details Hide Details She gave up the Catholic faith a year after leaving school, as a result of finding the nuns' arguments for the existence of God unconvincing.
  • 1943
    Age 4
    Greer was raised in the suburb of Sandringham, near the beach, attending St Columba's Catholic Primary School in Elwood from February 1943, then Sacred Heart Parish School, Sandringham, and Holy Redeemer School, Ripponlea.
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  • 1939
    Age 0
    Born on January 29, 1939.
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