Acclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer has been slammed by viewers for her statements on ABC’s “Q&A.” Greer’s views on trans women not being “real women” have earned her a lot of flak from the internet.
“The Female Eunuch” author also stated that there is no way that transgender people could know that they have been born the wrong sex. According to News.com.au, things got out of hand when Germaine Greer was given a question by someone from the audience, asking her the reason behind her belief that transgender women are not real women.
“This is so difficult,” replied Greer. “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, that by expressing it that way,” she added.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) April 11, 2016
She went on to add that her views on gender had been narrow-minded in the past, states 9 News. However, Greer still refuses to accept that a man who believes he was a woman is immediately a woman. “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,” the outspoken feminist added. She even went ahead and suggested that transgender women like Caitlyn Jenner made other women feel slightly wry.
Her views on the show put her back in a hole of sorts. When host Tony Jones reminded Greer that she appeared to be shovelling dirt back in, she quipped back, saying, “I belong in this hole.” Even though Greer had amazed viewers with her rational views on other topics including domestic violence, Islamic fundamentalist ideals in Australia, the Panama Papers and even Shakespeare, her views on the transgender community pushed her against the wall.
The Twitterati has slammed Germaine Greer after her “Q&A” on ABC.
— Wilt (@rozelleview) April 11, 2016
I'm sure Greer is one of those people #QandA has on not for any insight but because she makes "good television" whatever that means.
— Bill (@Billablog) April 11, 2016
Greer had a chance to join the 21st century and chose to stay put. How dare she deny trans* people their self knowledge #qanda
— K G (@worldobserverau) April 11, 2016
— Richard Cranston (@richardcranston) April 11, 2016
The one thing worse than Greer on trans ppl is that #qanda is discussing trans ppl AGAIN in their absence.
— Pauline Pantsdown (@PPantsdown) April 11, 2016
Stop giving platforms to outdated bigots like Greer #qanda
— Ashley Bonnell (@ALBonnell) April 11, 2016
Germaine Greer's position on trans* people shows she thinks that women are the sum of their genitals. Like a misogynist. Just wrong #qanda
— Serkan Ozturk (@SerkanTheWriter) April 11, 2016
Greer's lack of empathy or respect towards trans people is nothing short of appalling #qanda
— Luke (@lukerhn) April 11, 2016