‘Violent is a funny word’: Germaine Greer sparks outrage during heated interview

Controversial author Germaine Greer ended up in a heated discussion over jail time for rapists during on interview on The Project. Source: Twitter/The Project

Controversial ‘feminist’ Germaine Greer found herself in the midst of a fiery interview on Channel 10’s The Project on Thursday night while discussing her outspoken views on rape.

The 79-year-old is no stranger to heated discussions and this was no different as she again claimed rape sentences should be reduced, while also describing violence as “a funny word”.

Speaking to the program’s Hamish Macdonald about her new book On Rape, Greer said the time rapists spend in prison is “too long” and the burden of proof [the person on trial producing evidence] should be reduced.

“Lots of women are saying we should reduce the burden of proof. If you do that you have to reduce the sentence,” she exclaimed.

Not holding back, Greer went on to discuss perhaps the most controversial part of her book, the definition of rape.

The author has numerous times claimed non-consensual sex is not rape, even once describing rape as simply “bad sex”.

“the most important thing about the book…is that the current view of rape is that non-consensual sex is rape,” she exclaimed.

Read more:Germaine Greer claims perfunctory sex ‘more harmful’ than violent rape

This then prompted a question from Macdonald who asked:”Do you accept that that form of sex [non-consensual sex] in itself is a violent act?”.

To which to she simply replied: “Violent is a funny word”.

“She [woman having non-consensual sex] doesn’t view it as a violent act, she doesn’t go to court…she thought it was just him,” the author continued.

“But how do you know this?” Macdonald shot back. “Ask her, I do talk to women you know,” Greer replied.

Just weeks ago, the ‘feminist’ provided the public with a sneak peak of her upcoming book in The Australian’s Review.

Describing the changing definition of rape, the Aussie writer spoke of “spectacular” legal injustices that have been carried out the regularity of partner rape.

However, it was her comments surrounding perfunctory sex that were sure to divide the public.

“Perfunctory sex is not criminal but it is damaging,” Greer wrote. “Neglect and indifference from a loved one are far more corrosive of self-esteem and ultimately more spiritually damaging than a random attack from a stranger, however violent.”

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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