Reality check

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A feminist icon can change her mind, can't she? In the end Germaine Greer decided that the Big Brother experience was not, after all, for her. The remaining contestants will now have to muddle along without the wit and wisdom of the former professor of English literature and author of The Female Eunuch. It now falls to Bez to lead those ad hoc seminars on the role of the wife in the English novel. But what exactly persuaded Ms Greer to walk? An existentialist crisis? Was the authoritarian-misogynist construct of reality television suddenly made plain to her? Perhaps. But we suspect it was John McCririck's underpants.

A feminist icon can change her mind, can't she? In the end Germaine Greer decided that the Big Brother experience was not, after all, for her. The remaining contestants will now have to muddle along without the wit and wisdom of the former professor of English literature and author of The Female Eunuch. It now falls to Bez to lead those ad hoc seminars on the role of the wife in the English novel. But what exactly persuaded Ms Greer to walk? An existentialist crisis? Was the authoritarian-misogynist construct of reality television suddenly made plain to her? Perhaps. But we suspect it was John McCririck's underpants.

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