Is Germaine Greer entitled to this controversial opinion on transgender? 267

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Germaine Greer is using her power of persuasion again but is it for the right reasons?

The woman who fought so hard for Womens’ liberation, and stand at the front of the fight for rights for more than half a century has come out and called it in a large and controversial way. She said provocatively to the press that gender transformation does not make somebody a woman.

Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Greer said 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.”

It leaves many shaking their head at Greer’s self-promotional agenda, but the result has been unfortunate.

Greer’s opinions have got her in hot water right across the media over the weekend, and her upcoming lecture at Cardiff University has since been cancelled. There is worldwide coverage of Greer’s comments and many were saying that she was using the sexuality of the Kardashian’s newest star as a media hook for her own agendas.

Love her or hate her, Germaine Greer is over having to defend herself she says. The Australian writer and feminist has fought some of the largest womens’ battles in history.

Greer was scheduled to speak on the topic of “Woman & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century” on November 18 at Cardiff University. A petition to shut down the lecture was rallied by the student union to oppose her presentation claiming that “allowing Greer a platform” will perpetuate harm and hatred towards the transgender community.

“Greer has demonstrated time and time again her misogynistic views towards trans women, including continually misgendering trans women and denying the existence of transphobia altogether,” the petition says.

What do you think?

Is it appropriate for Greer to present her views on transgender in such a discriminatory way?

Is she just saying what many are thinking but can’t say due to political correctness?

Are you pleased her lecture was cancelled?

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  1. She has a right to her opinion. Personally I have never taken much notice of anything she has said. She is not a lady that I admire.

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  2. i see what she is trying to say, however i dont agree except for one thing, this caitlyn jenner bullshit, htis idoit has made a mckery of all the people they go throgh hell in life because they feel like they are in the wrong body, getting an award for bravery, what a load of crap, kids are kiked out of home and have to do it all alone, and try to make a successful life, familie turn their back on men and woman who try to live life hw they feel they are gender wise and this priviliged fool feel life has been so bad, no one has turned on him/her no one has banished him/her to hell, and i say him ehe cos i am not completely convinced about the gender thing

  3. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. That opinion might upset some but still entitled to an opinion. We need to cut out all this political correctness bullshit. Thats just my opinion.

  4. I’m sure it will be like any other opinion she has given ,and will be extremely rude , But really who cares what she thinks not to many I would think

  5. She’s over being polite by the sounds of it…..I have admired her in the past……maybe ongoing treatment will soften people like Kaitlin….as many NONtrans people have too much of the opposite hormone in their system….takes time these changes and GG quite masculine herself

  6. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion. However, that’s all it is. An opinion. It’s not necessarily a fact.

  7. Probably many agree privately with her. As for Kaitlin whatever his/her name is, the voice sounds like a man’s to me. Must be awful though to be born in the wrong body, but how many actually are? Each to their own….all entitled to an opinion and, love her or hate her, she has championed some good causes for women.

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    • while I have sympathy for these transgender people and I wish them every happiness in life,, being a woman is more than looking like one, women do the hard miles with puberty and menstruating and child birth and breast feeding. These are all things that only women do

  8. Is it appropriate for Greer to present her views on transgender in such a discriminatory way? She is allowed her opinion…just dont lecture me

    Is she just saying what many are thinking but can’t say due to political correctness?I dont know what others are thinking but to the question NO

    Are you pleased her lecture was cancelled? Yes i am with the students on this one…She has an opinion obviously the students had another so why should she be allowed to speak on private land. She has been around tooooooo long. IMHO

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