Germaine Greer

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Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

It is fatally easy for Western folk, who have discarded chastity as a value for themselves, to suppose that it can have no value for anyone else. At the same time as Californians try to re-invent celibacy, by which they seem to mean perverse restraint, the rest of us call societies which place a high value on chastity backward.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There has come into existence, chiefly in America, a breed of men who claim to be feminists. They imagine that they have understood what women want and that they are capable of giving it to them. They help with the dishes at home and make their own coffee in the office, basking the while in the refulgent consciousness of virtue. Such men are apt to think of the true male feminists as utterly chauvinistic.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only perfect love to be found on earth is not sexual love, which is riddled with hostility and insecurity, but the wordless commitment of families, which takes as its model mother-love. This is not to say that fathers have no place, for father-love, with its driving for self-improvement and discipline, is also essential to survival, but that uncorrected father-love, father-love as it were practiced by both parents, is a way to annihilation.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man made one grave mistake: in answer to vaguely reformist and humanitarian agitation he admitted women to politics and the professions. The conservatives who saw this as the undermining of our civilization and the end of the state and marriage were right after all; it is time for the demolition to begin.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no such thing as security. There never has been.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most threatened group in human societies as in animal societies is the unmated male: the unmated male is more likely to wind up in prison or in an asylum or dead than his mated counterpart. He is less likely to be promoted at work and he is considered a poor credit risk.More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Woman cannot be content with health and agility: she must make exorbitant efforts to appear something that never could exist without a diligent perversion of nature. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?More Germaine Greer [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:50]
Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:57]
I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:04]
I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I've always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I'd fall in love with a woman. Damn.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:12]
I think that testosterone is a rare poison.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:19]
Man is jealous because of his amour propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:41]
Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized, it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities. To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:05]
Psychoanalysis is the confession without absolution.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:43]
The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:10]
The real theater of the sex war is the domestic hearth.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:28]
Women are reputed never to be disgusted. The sad fact is that they often are, but not with men; following the lead of men, they are most often disgusted with themselves.More Germaine Greer [07/10/2011 03:07:39]

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