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By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

Gillard is as likeable as Rudd is charmless. She is self-deprecating; he is ludicrously vainglorious. She is a mistress of understatement; he is a ranter.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Germaine Greer

Until our own time, history focussed on man the achiever; the higher the achiever the more likely it was that the woman who slept in his bed would be judged unworthy of his company. Her husband's fans recoiled from the notion that she might have made a significant contribution towards his achievement of greatness. The possibility that a wife might have been closer to their idol than they could ever be, understood him better than they ever could, could not be entertained.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

The blind conviction that we have to do something about other people's reproductive behavior, and that we may have to do it whether they like it or not, derives from the assumption that the world belongs to us, who have so expertly depleted its resources, rather than to them, who have not.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Now as before, women must refuse to be meek and guileful, for truth cannot be served by dissimulation. Women who fancy that they manipulate the world by pussy power and gentle cajolery are fools. It is slavery to have to adopt such tactics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Marriage made more sense when it was indissoluble. It's the woman trying to cope with the strains of a one-parent family who will suffer most from the relaxation of the divorce laws.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Germaine Greer

Those miserable women who blame the men who let them down for their misery and isolation enact every day the initial mistake of sacrificing their personal responsibility for themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks, a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

We can't change the moon but we can live in harmony with its tides, and we can make some ripples of our own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The treatment for jaded sensibilities is not to shatter them, after all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

A woman is never so happy as when she is being wooed. Then she is mistress of all she surveys, the cynosure of all eyes, until that day of days when she sails down the aisle, a vision in white, lovely as the stefanotis she carries, borne translucent on her father's manly arm to be handed over to her new father-surrogate. If she is clever, and if her husband has the time and the resources, she will insist on being wooed all her life; more likely she will discover that marriage is not romantic, that husbands forget birthdays and aniversaries and seldom pay compliments, are often perfunctory.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

There are poems about the internet and about the shipping forecast but very few by women celebrating men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

There is no such thing as security. There never has been.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Reading was my first solitary vice (and led to all others). I read while I ate, I read in the loo, I read in the bath. When I was supposed to be sleeping, I was reading.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

The high-heeled shoe is a marvellously contradictory item; it brings a woman to a man's height but makes sure she cannot keep up with him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

The castration of women has been carried out in terms of a masculine-feminine polarity, in which men have commandeered all the energy and streamlined it into an aggressive conquistadorial power, reducing all heterosexual contact to a sadomasochistic pattern.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

How you answer the question, whether individuals should be persuaded to live their whole lives in a state of chemical dependency, first upon contraceptive steroids and then on replacement therapy, depends upon your regard for the autonomy of the individual. If men would not live their lives this way, why should women?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Our life-style contains more Thanatos than Eros, for egotism, exploitation, deception, obsession and addiction have more place in us than eroticism, joy, generosity and spontaneity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The occupational hazard of being a Playboy Bunny is the aching facial muscles brought on by obligatory smiles.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

If female liberation is to happen, if the reservoir of real female love is to be tapped, this sterile self-deception must be counteracted. The only literary form which could outsell romantic trash on the female market is hard-core pornography.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

As far as cosmetics are used for adornment in a conscious and creative way, they are not emblems of inauthenticity: it is when they are presented as the real thing, covering unsightly blemishes, disguising a repulsive thing so that it is acceptable to the world that their function is deeply suspect. The women who dare not go out without their false eyelashes are in serious psychic trouble.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

I find that those men who are personally most polite to women, who call them angels and all that, cherish in secret the greatest contempt for them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Lovers who are free to go when they are restless always come back; lovers who are free to change remain interesting. The bitter animosity and obscenity of divorce is unknown where individuals have not become Siamese twins.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Germaine Greer

We can only afford two children' really means, 'We only like clean, well-disciplined middle-class children who go to good schools and grow up to be professionals', for children manage to use up all the capital that is made available for the purpose, whatever proportion it may be of the family's whole income, just as housework expands to fill the time available.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Man is jealous because of his amour propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Status ought not to be measured by a woman's ability to attract and snare a man.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Germaine Greer

The patterns of gratification are simple, and seem to fall into two patterns, the Great Bitch and the Poison Maiden.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The most highly prized curve of all is that of the bosom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Germaine Greer

It is commonplace observation that women are forever trying to straighten their hair if it is curly and curl it if it is straight, bind their breasts if they are large and pad them if they are small, darken their hair if it is light and lighten it if it is dark. Not all these measures are dictated by the fantom of fashion. They all reflect dissatisfaction with the body as it is, and an insistent desire that it be otherwise, not natural but controlled, fabricated. Many of the devices adopted by women are not cosmetic or ornamental, but disguise of the actual, arising from fear and distaste.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Germaine Greer

Women's magazines sadly remark that children can have a disruptive effect on the conjugal relationship, that the young wife's involvement with her children and her exhaustion can interfere with her husband's claims on her. What a notion- a family that is threatened by its children! Contraception has increased the egotism of the couple: planned children have a pattern to fit into; at least unplanned children had some of the advantages of contingency. First and foremost they were whether their parents liked it or not. In the limited nuclear family the parents are the principals and children are theirs to manipulate in a newly purposive way. The generation gap is being intensified in these families where children must not inconvenience their parents, where they are disposed of in special living quarters at special times of day, their own rooms and so forth. Anything less than this is squalor. Mother must not have more children than she can control: control means full attention for much of the day, then isolation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Most women still need a room of their own and the only way to find it may be outside their own home.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Germaine Greer

The most cursory examination of even the most progressive organs of information reveals a curious inability to recognize women as newsmakers, unless they are young or married to a head of state or naked or pregnant by some triumph of technology or perpetrators or victims of some hideous crime or any combiniation of the above. Women's issues are often disguised as people issues, unless they are relegated to the women's pages which amazingly still suvive. Senior figures are all male; even the few women who are deemed worthy of obituaries are shown in images from their youth, as if the last fourty years of their lives have been without achievement of any kind. If you analyse the by-lines in your morning paper, you will see that the senior editorial staff are all older men, supported by a rabble of junior females, the infinitely replacesable 'hackettes'.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

War is the admission of defeat in the face of conflicting interests.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit, no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

The few men who do a hand's turn around the house expect gratitude and recognition, so sure are they that, though it is their dirt, it is not their job.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

The house wife is an unpaid employee in her husband's house in return for the security of being a permanent employee.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Germaine Greer

Half the point in reading novels and seeing plays and films is to exercise the faculty of sympathy with our own kind, so often obliterated in the multifarious controls and compulsions of actual social existence.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Germaine Greer

The Great Bitch is the deadly female, a worthy opponent for the omnipotent hero to exercise his powers upon and through. She is desirous, greedy, clever, dishonest, and two jumps ahead all the time. The hero may either have her on his side and like a lion-tamer sool her on to his enemies, or he may have to battle for his life at her hands.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

I think that testosterone is a rare poison.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

A child must have care and attention, but that care and attention need not emanate from a single, permanently present individual. Children are more disturbed by changes of place than by changes in personnel around them, and more distressed by friction and ill-feeling between the adults in their environment than by unfamiliarity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

Bringing up children is not a real occupation, because children come up just the same, brought or not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Germaine Greer

Two-up is Australia's very own way of parting a fool and his money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Germaine Greer

Every human body has its optimum weight and contour, which only health and efficiency can establish. Whenever we treat women's bodies as aesthetic objects without function we deform them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Germaine Greer

Rather than seek to be squired and dated by their rivals why should it not be possible for women to find relaxation and pleasure in the company of their 'inferiors'? They would need to shed their desperate need to admire a man, and accept the gentler role of loving him. A learned woman cannot castrate a truck-driver like she can her intellectual rival, because he has no exaggerated respect for her bookish capacities. The alternative to conventional education is not stupidity, and many a clever girl needs the corrective of a humbler soul's genuine wisdom.