Feminist icon glitter-bombed for transphobia

Germaine Greer glitter-bombed in New Zealand for expressing 'transphobic feminism'

Feminist icon glitter-bombed for transphobia
14 March 2012

At a book-signing in Wellington, New Zealand today pioneering feminist Germaine Greer was ‘glitter-bombed’ by an LGBT rights group.

New Zealand group The Queer Avengers showered Greer in glitter to protest her ‘transphobic feminism’. 

‘Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century,’ Stacey of the Queer Avengers stated on their website. ‘It wasn’t okay then and it’s not okay now. Women’s liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression.’

The group stated that Greer ‘has a history of denouncing transwomen; outing prominent transwomen and describing them as “ghastly parodies” of womanhood’. They were referring to Greer’s objection in 1996 that fellow Cambridge University academic Rachael Padman should teach at a women-only college when she was born a man.

Greer also made comments in a column for The Guardian in 2009 that are offensive to transgender women:

‘Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women's names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn't polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man's delusion that he is female.’

Kate Bornstein, American author and gender theorist, who identifies as neither male or female responded to Greer’s statement saying: ‘Germaine Greer's tragedy is that she has not considered as even possible the theory of gender fluidity’.

The Queer Avengers, who recently stormed Fairfax Media headquarters in Wellington for airing anti-trans statements, also handed out leaflets at Greer’s book-signing that said ‘transphobia is bullshit’. Greer was arrested in 1972 for saying ‘bullshit’ and ‘fuck’ during a speech on tour in New Zealand.

Tomorrow lunchtime The Queer Avengers are holding a press conference on media coverage of gender variance. 

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