Germaine Greer 'glitter bombed'

  • 14/03/2012

Feminist icon and author Germaine Greer has been reportedly been glitter bombed in Wellington by protesters over her views on trans-gender women.

Australian-born Greer, 73, is touring the country as a guest of Writers and Readers Week for the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

The Queer Avengers website has posted a picture of a stunned-looking Greer seated at a table in the Embassy Theatre, which is strewn with glitter.

Glitter bombing, or throwing glitter on public figures, has become a popular way to highlight transphobia and gay prejudice.

"Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century," says Stacey of the Queer Avengers, in a statement on the website.

"It wasn't OK then and it's not OK now. Women's liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression."

The website claims "Greer has a history of denouncing transwomen; outing prominent transwomen and describing them as ghastly parodies of womanhood".

The Queer Avengers also handed out leaflets in wellington stating "transphobia is bullshit".

Greer was arrested during a tour of New Zealand in 1972 for uttering "bullshit" and "f**k" during her speeches.

On that occasion she attracted large rallies of support.

In the mid-1990s Greer asserted that fellow Cambridge University academic Rachel Padman was legally a man.

Ms Padman, also an Australian, underwent a sex change operation in 1982.

In 1996 Ms Padman, a physicist, was invited to take up a fellowship at Newnham, one of Cambridge's three all-women colleges.

Greer argued that since Padman was legally a man, her appointment contravened college statutes.

Although her appointment went ahead later, the public airing of the debate led Ms Padman to become preoccupied with whether she came across as female.

NZN

source: newshub archive