Germaine Greer Thinks It’s Unfair For Trans Women To Marry Women

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Speaking on the Australian debate show ‘Q and A’ well known trans-exclusionary feminist Germaine Greer made yet more controversial comments about the existence of transgender women, and made claims that it is wrong for lesbian relationships with trans women to exist.

One of the members of the audience, Steph D’Souza, asked Greer why she believed that transgender women are not ‘real women’, stating that she had previously drawn strength from the writer’s work but has found her opinions of trans women to be troubling.  She pointed out to Greer that her belief in a ‘real woman’ is the same kind of essentialism that she once spoke out against.

When she responded it at first looked like she might be reversing her opinions on the transgender community.

‘When I first was thinking about what is a woman, I fell for the usual view that women were people with two Xs and men were people with an X and a Y, which made life nice and easy for me.  I now realise that I was wrong.’

Rather than saying that she believes that transgender people exist, she went on to talk about intersex people.  Highlighting the existence of people who are intersex and understanding the struggles that they face is important, and Greer seems to understand that.  However, it was not long before she turned the conversation towards trans bashing once again.

‘If you decide that you are uncomfortable in a masculine system which turns boys into men, often at great cost to themselves, if you are unhappy with that it doesn’t mean that you belong at the other end of the spectrum,’

When asked about the fact that transgender people knowing that they have been born the wrong sex Greer replied, ‘But you can’t know that.  You don’t know what the other sex is.’

One of her fellow panelists responded to her comment, saying that trans people know and feel that they were born into the wrong body, which was met with Greer pulling faces and rolling her eyes.

Greer went on to say that belief in an idea is not the same as knowing something, before adding, ‘Women are constantly being told that they are not satisfactory as women, that other people make better women than they do.  The woman of the year may be Caitlyn Jenner, which makes the rest of the female population of the world feel slightly wry.’

‘I don’t believe that a man who has lived for forty years as a man, and has had children with a woman, and has enjoyed the unpaid services of a wife that most women will never know, then decides that the whole time he’s been a woman and at that point I’d like to say hang on a minute, you believed you were a woman but you married another woman and that wasn’t fair was it?’

Whilst it is unsurprising that Greer is once again openly bashing transgender women, from questioning our very existence by saying you cannot know if you are the wrong sex, to saying she would openly disbelieve someone saying their trans there is one thing about her comments that did take me by surprise.  Her feeling it’s not fair for trans women to marry cis women.

One of the arguments I often see between members of the transgender community and trans-exclusionary feminists is the idea that trans lesbians do not exist, and cis women in relationships with trans women should not call themselves lesbians either.  It would appear that Greer feels the same way too, or perhaps has a problem with lesbian marriage as a whole.

It’s interesting that throughout all of this though, that she never once commented on the question of whether she was acting in the same way as people who once dictated what women should be.  The fact that she continually demands women conform to some kind of biology that not all women do, or that they should behave or act certain ways indicates that she believes she has some kind of right to tell women what ‘real women’ are.

At one time Germaine Greer might have been a good feminist force working towards the betterment of all women, but it is becoming clearer that those days have passed her by, that her views and opinions are outdated and unpopular, and that even those who once saw her in high regard are starting to see her in a less than favourable light.  Perhaps it’s time that Ms Greer shut up about trans women and went away before she loses what little respect some people still have for her.

Amy.
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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer.

In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.

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4 Responses to Germaine Greer Thinks It’s Unfair For Trans Women To Marry Women

  1. renegade April 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I didn’t even have to read this to know that it’s the dumbest thing I would’ve wasted my time reading. Anyone should be able to marry anyone according to LOVE. What the hell is up with you people trying to dictate who should be in whose life and in what way? Jesus.

  2. Dana M. Scruggs April 12, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    We (Transgender People) make up just 3/10th’s of 1% of the USA Population!

    So why . . . is it always open season on Transgender Women!?

    For the most part, many of us Transgender Women who once lived in Middle Class, now live in poverty!

    This is due to the mass prejudice against our tiny minority!

    Once we transition we lose our jobs and have a very difficult time finding another job.

    Statistically speaking, Transgender People have the highest amount of formal education in the LGBTQI Community . . . yet we are the most underemployed minority that has ever existed!

    All because of Trans Misogynist Women like Ms. Greer!

    One out of two Transgender People will attempt suicide at least once in their lives after starting transition.

    In the entire world, a Transgender Person is murdered every 21 hours!

    I have been civil up to this point but . . . FUCK GERMAINE GREER!!!!

  3. Civil Sally April 13, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I agree with Renegade and Dana. There’s a lot more I could say about this article, notwithstanding the scientifically proven biological basis of being transgender, but it would simply be a waste of time, because the simple fact is, Germaine Greer…

    You’re an ignorant f##king c##t!

  4. Jessica April 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    She seems to want to hang all the ills of the patriarchy on Transwomen.
    She also comes across as patriarchal to the Trans community the same way the patriarchal men come across to her.