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Germaine Greer: The Disappearing Woman
October 5, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| $8 - $10
Known for her frank views, Germaine Greer has been a force to reckon with since her book The Female Eunuch became a bestseller in 1970. An Australian academic, journalist and major voice in feminism, Greer’s other books include Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare’s Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999).
For the Birmingham Literature Festival she approaches a topic she feels increasingly strongly about: the disappearance of women.
“Forty years ago it seemed that women were about to take their rightful place in the world, in parliament, in the church, in the judiciary, in the workplace. But when I open my newspaper I find that news is still made by men in suits,” says Greer.
“The female most likely to be seen in the sports pages will be a horse.” She asserts that women are also disappearing in pursuit of being thin. Flesh, she says, is not allowed. “As soon as girls accept the size, role and shape of adult women, they begin to disappear.”
With each stage of their lives, as they become successively wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, women become less visible. The three-quarters of care home residents who are women remain virtually invisible.
Greer attempts to explain this state of affairs and to suggest some strategies for change.
Expect this unique close encounter to be candid, enlightening, and highly entertaining. Burning questions welcome.
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