Greer was asked about her views on trans people, at first apologising but then saying it "wasn't fair" for them to decide their gender.
Germaine Greer has apologised for her recent statements on transgender people, acknowledging that her views were “wrong” – before going on to spark another furore by re-stating those previous views.
The groundbreaking feminist thinker Greer, 77, was responding to a question-and-answer session on an ABC television panel show on Monday night (April 11th). A journalist named Steph D’Souza had introduced herself as a former fan and asked her: “Why do you believe there is such a thing as a real woman?”
“This is so difficult,” Greer began her answer, referring back to her comments in 2015 about transgender women ‘not being real women’ that had caused a petition by Cardiff University students to prevent her from speaking there.
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The comments were made during an interview reacting to the Change.org petition to have her lecture at Cardiff University cancelled.
Greer, the Australian-born feminist and campaigner, had been heavily criticised for an interview she had given on BBC2’s ‘Newsnight’ program on Friday (October 23rd) in which she claimed that Glamour magazine’s decision to award Jenner, who underwent a gender transition operation earlier in 2015, with their Woman of the Year award was largely motivated by “misogyny”.
She also repeated her position on transsexual women, who have begun life as men before undergoing surgery and hormone treatment, are “not women”, saying that they do not “look like, sound like or behave like women.”