Thursday, 20 March 2014

Germaine Greer at the York Literature Festival

Photo by Maggie Hannan. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence
Germaine Greer is one of the twentieth century’s iconic figures, and she is proving to be a big draw card for this year’s York Literature Festival.

It will be interesting to note the demographic of Greer’s audience tonight (Thursday 20 March). Will someone who was at her most influential in the 1970s still be considered relevant today? Only the other day a colleague referred to her as ‘that woman off Celebrity Big Brother’.

But is she not still relevant?

2013 was lambasted in online articles and videos as 'the year the media failed women’. Greer’s art has always been social and political commentary, so perhaps she is the barometer by which we can measure how far we've actually come?

The Female Eunuch took the 1970s western world by storm; the internet is littered with stories of wives hiding copies in their shoes, and of dinner parties erupting into argument as the ‘little women’ fought back. Today the battle seems less domestic. The imprisonment of Pussy Riot and the Everyday Sexism Project are harsh reminders that women’s lib is far from, well, liberated. With this in mind, Greer’s talk tonight on The Disappearing Woman seems not only relevant, but hugely necessary.

With Germaine Greer appearing in York, perhaps now would be a good time to pick up a copy of The Female Eunuch (JBM Library D 1.433 GRE) and judge for yourself?

Clea Grady
Communications and Marketing Officer

1 comment:

  1. Yes I guess Germaine is right, the "disappearing women" is relevant , she mentioned the disparity between boys to girls ( less girls ) and how the gap was getting wider in different countries around the world. But we need to take a step back and ask why is that?’s usually because of religion , cast , money , tradition , different ethnic values and history. How do we fix it? , should we fix it?


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