Germaine Greer has given an expletive laden defence of her claims that transgender women "can't be women" after being accused of misogyny.
Greer announced she would not be attending a planned lecture on Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century at Cardiff University after a petition calling for her to be barred was launched.
The academic, 76, reiterated her belief that a post-operative transgender woman “can’t be a woman” but insisted the issue was not a focus for her.
“I’m not saying that people should not be allowed to go through that procedure, all I’m saying is that it doesn’t make them a woman,” she told Newsnight on Friday, prompting a furious backlash. When asked if she would travel down to Cardiff, Greer responded: “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.”
However, a representative for Cardiff University told The Independent it has been in touch with Greer’s representative to confirm her talk is still scheduled to take place.
On Monday, Greer responded to the outrage in a statement given to the VictoriaLIVE show, where she suggested trans people who undergo sex change surgery are “inflicting an extraordinary act of violence on himself”.
She said: “Just because you lop off your d**k and then wear a dress doesn't make you a ******* woman. I’ve asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I’m going to wear a brown coat but that won’t turn me into a ******* cocker spaniel.
“I do understand that some people are born intersex and they deserve support in coming to terms with their gender but it’s not the same thing. A man who gets his d**k chopped off is actually inflicting an extraordinary act of violence on himself.”
LGBT rights across the globe
LGBT rights across the globe
Russia’s antipathy towards homosexuality has been well established following the efforts of human rights campaigners. However, while it is legal to be homosexual, LGBT couples are offered no protections from discrimination. They are also actively discriminated against by a 2013 law criminalising LGBT “propaganda” allowing the arrest of numerous Russian LGBT activists. (Picture: Riot police hold an LGBT activist during a Moscow rall.)
Men who are found having sex with other men face stoning, while lesbians can be imprisoned, under Sharia law. However, the state has not reportedly executed anyone for this ‘crime’ since 1987. (Picture: Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania.)
3/7 Saudi Arabia
Homosexuality and transgender is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, imprisonment, corporal punishment, whipping and chemical castration. (Picture: The emblem of Saudi Arabia above the embassy in London.)
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The official position within the country is that there are no gays. LGBT inviduals, if discovered by the government, are likely to face intense pressure. Punishments range from flogging to the death penalty. (Picture: Yemen's southern port of Aden.)
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and in some northern states punishable with death by stoning. This is not a policy enacted across the entire country, although there is a prevalent anti-LGBT agenda pushed by the government. In 2007 a Pew survey established that 97 per cent of the population felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It is publishable by 14 years in prison. (Picture: The northern Nigerian town of Damasak.)
Homosexuality was established as a crime in 1888 and under new Somali Penal Code established in 1973 homosexual sex can be punishable by three years in prison. (Picture: Families use a boat to cross a flooded Shebelle River, in Jowhar.)
Although same-sex relationships have been decriminalised, much of the population still suffer from intense discrimination. Additionally, in some of the country over-run by the extremist organisation Isis, LGBT individuals can face death by stoning. (Picture: Purported Isis fighters in Iraq.)
Her comments were branded “absurd” and “grossly offensive” by Rebecca Root, a transgender actress and comedian.
Root told Victoria Derbyshire: “This is something that I would equate with the worst of the gutter press, not from somebody of such an academic standing; a woman who should know better.
“On the one hand it’s tempting to ignore her, and not to give her a greater platform, but at the same time if we didn’t stand up to bullies then they would just continue bullying. […] [“Her comments are] grossly offensive, quite ludicrous and very very out of date.”
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