Oh Germaine Greer. Whenever I think about Australian feminism a number of names come to mind, but Germaine is always at the top of the list. To be honest, I haven’t read The Female Eunuch (I’m a terrible feminist I know! I totally want to, when I have the time…) but I am absolutely aware of the contribution she has made, and keeps making, to Western feminism (and particularly Australian feminism). Also, Germaine seems to be having a bit of a renaissance with the Australian media at the moment, which helps to keep things feminist-fresh (even if some of her comments recently have been a bit bizarre)!
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Germaine Greer will be appearing in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (being held in Sydney in the last week of September) in two events. Firstly, in her own event ‘How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have?‘ – which the answer is, obviously, shit loads. Secondly, she will be appearing on a panel with the uber fabulous Eva Cox and Tara Moss, chaired by Jenny Brockie, discussing the topic ‘All Women Hate Each Other‘.
Tickets to give away!
We have a double pass to give away to ‘How Many Dangerous Ideas Can One Person Have?‘! To go in the running send us your favourite Germaine Greer moment and why at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 18 September. The winner will be notified by Thursday 20 September.
My favourite Germaine Greer moment
I have a number of Q&A favourite moments for all of those feminists (particularly when Eva Cox appeared on Q&A to discuss the Skype Scandal – she is all kinds of awesome). However, my favourite Germaine Greer moment is her appearance on the UK music quiz show ‘Never Mind the Buzz Cocks‘ – at 5mins into the show the host asks Germaine Greer if she has any sexual feelings towards him (in a perfectly insecure ‘I just want to be loved by Germaine’ way) and then she trashes his cardigan. And later, James Cordon tries his pick up line on her (after he’s gone in for a snuggle just before the 7mins mark):
James: “I don’t think you know how lovely you are”
Germaine: “Well you’re quite wrong, I know exactly how lovely I am”
I think I just loved how in awe of her the panel was and their only way of dealing with that was through unwanted (but quite hilarious and non-threatening) sexual advances.
I suppose I should have picked a feminism-related event… but come on… HAVING GERMAINE GREER ON NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS MAKING EVERYONE SEXUALLY AROUSED BY THE AWESOMENESS OF HER BRAIN IS FEMINIST!