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Germaine Greer in student row over ‘transphobic’ comments

Germaine Greer in student row over ‘transphobic’ comments

Australian-born feminist author Germaine Greer has come under fire for making allegedly ‘transphobic’ comments.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Greer said ‘I don’t think that post-operative transgender men… are women.’

In the past, she has said she doesn’t believe in transphobia.

She will speak at Cardiff University in Wales on the 18th of November in a talk entitled ‘Women and Power: The lessons of the 20th century’.

But students from the university have struck out at Greer with a petition opposing her as a speaker was launched.

Women’s officer of Cardiff’s student union Rachael Melhuish launched the campaign, saying Greer was ‘misogynistic’ against transgender people.

‘Greer has demonstrated time and time again her misogynistic views towards trans women, including continually misgendering trans women and denying the existence of transphobia altogether.

‘Trans-exclusionary views should have no place in feminism or society.’ Melhuish also said Greer promoted ‘violence’ towards trans people.

Cardiff University vice-chancellor professor Colin Riordan told The Independent: ‘Our commitment to our LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and staff members is unwavering.’

The university has said the lecture will go on, and will give Greer security. The petition garnered just under 900 signatures at the time of writing.

One signee, Elwyn Way from Cardiff, writes: ‘Inviting Greer infers tacit acceptance of verbal and emotional violence against vulnerable women. We must better protect all women.’

‘I am a trans woman, and find Greers’ views uninformed and transphobic,’ writes another: Alison Hood from Andover UK.

Greer has responded saying: ‘I’m getting a bit old for all this.

‘I’m 76. I don’t want to go down there and be screamed at and have things thrown at me. Bugger it,’ she said.

To clarify her views, Greer added: ‘I’m not saying people should not be allowed to go through a procedure. [This] happens to be an opinion, not a prohibition.’