Germaine Greer voices controversial opinion about transgender people on Q&A 14



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She’s one of the most controversial and arguably influential writers and academics in Australia so when she is a panellist on Q&A, something is bound to happen.

Even Twitter users readied themselves for the late-evening debate show:

Last year, Germaine aired her views about transgender people on BBC Newsnight, saying that post-surgery, trans people do not “look like, sound like or behave like woman”. Greer commented that in the recent case of Caitlyn Jenner, “wanted the limelight that the other female members of the (Kardashian) family were enjoying and has conquered it just like that.”

Greer added, “”I’m not saying that people should not be allowed to have the procedure, all I’m saying is that it doesn’t make them a woman.”

On Monday night, audience member Steph D’Souza began what would be a very heated discussion:

“I find really confusing views you’ve expressed that transgender women are not real women. Why do you believe there is such a thing as a real woman? Isn’t that the kind of essentialism that you and I are trying to resist and escape?”

Germaine responded, “This is so difficult.

“I agree that when I first was thinking about what is a woman, I fell for the usual view that women were people with two Xs and men were people with an X and a Y … and I now realise … that this was wrong.

“But the interesting thing to me is this: That if you decide, because you’re uncomfortable in the masculine system — which turns boys into men, often at great cost to themselves — if you’re unhappy with that, it doesn’t mean that you belong at the other end of the spectrum”.

Host Tony Jones asked, “What if you know you’ve been born the wrong sex?”

“You can’t know,” Greer replied, clearly upsetting Labor Senator Lisa Singh, also on the panel, who said, “How can you say that?”

“You don’t know what the other sex is like”, Germaine said.

“But to a transgender person, they know that. They feel that within their own identity”, Singh countered.

Germaine then reiterated her previous comments on Caitlyn Jenner, saying the former Olympian’s crowing as Glamour Magazine’s woman of the year “makes the rest of the female population of the world feel slightly wry”.

She finished her argument by saying, “If you’re a 50-year-old truck driver who’s had four children with a wife and you’ve decided the whole time you’ve been a woman, I think you’re probably wrong.”

Joseph Tawadros, another panellist, said “Society is moving very quickly. There’s still lot of people that don’t understand transgender. I don’t understand all the aspects of transgender people but I just have to respect that”.

Tell us, did you watch last night? Did you agree or disagree with Germaine?

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  1. No I didn’t watch definitely would have switched off with Germaine Greer she has the oddest ides and comments these days.Maybe I do too but I don’t try to push them on everyone else.

  2. and she is the epitome of a woman. many Transgender have better clothing and make up techniques than that old hag and she been an old hag since she wrote her first book

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    • There is a saying that if you have to attack the person you have no argument to make. Greer may be an oddball but she airs her views and long may she do so, even if I don’t always agree with them. She makes us think and in this world of pap that is saying something.

  3. A person in the comments said Ms Greer was pushing her ideas onto others, I am sorry but I find that comment quite uninformed, whether you agree with Ms Greer or not she has opinions and is asked to air them which she did, I cannot see her holding a weapon to anyones head and forcing them to accept her views and only her.
    A personal attack on her looks and clothing make for a limited intelligence Colin, she is opinionated and good luck to her for being able to express her views n an intelligent way

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  4. The ‘old battle axe’ is at it again. Who the hell made her an expert in what other people feel? Is she worried that someone will discover that she’s is after all a man dressed in woman’s skin? You know what they say about battle axes? Bury it!

  5. Seems to me that the majority of those who have a negative view of Ms. Greer are men – which is unsurprising when you think of the intellectual challenge she presents them. Regardless of how we feel about her, women especially, have quite a lot to thank her for. Ladies….try to be impartial for a moment and cast your minds back to the early 70’s and compare the way in which society now views women compared to earlier demographics.

  6. There is a saying that if you have to attack the person you have lost the argument. She may be an oddball but long may she continue making her comments. I don’t always agree with her but she makes us think and in this world of pap that is no bad thing. I also htink that maybe some men especially can’t take a forthright woman regardless of what she is saying.

  7. I don’t understand why some people need to personally attack others .Disagreeing with their opinion is fine, but personal attacks are childish & achieve nothing

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