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Shocking! Germaine Greer Claims Rape is Merely ‘Bad Sex’

Once I was puzzled by how a particular woman was gung-ho in favor of a practice that physically and emotionally wounded other women. A wise woman explained to me, ‘It’s because she refuses to admit she shouldn’t have done it. That it hurt her. Rather than admit her error, she’s regrouping by encouraging as many other women as she can to join her. Misery loves company.’

So it is with the Australian and ever colorful, so-called ‘feminist’ Germaine Greer. But this time, as so many times before, she went too far. Ms Greer snagged headlines worldwide last week by claiming most rape is just bad sex or words to that effect.

I can’t believe this needs saying, but rape and bad sex are different.

Sex, pleasurable or boring, is assumed to be consensual.

Rape is non-consensual.

Simple.

But Ms. Greer already knows that. The DailyMail writes that Ms. Greer herself was raped just before her nineteenth birthday.

‘…she was raped at a party days before her 19th birthday, she had not been ‘angry enough’ with her attacker, a rugby-playing public schoolboy.

She said she had been ‘violently raped about as badly as it is possible to be raped if you take in the number of punches’.

She added: ‘I was beaten half unconscious. I kept saying ‘No’ so he hit me, I can’t tell you how many times, maybe a dozen.’

But the story doesn’t end there.

According to Greer’s friend, DJ John Peele, Greer allegedly presumed on their friendship. ‘I don’t want to do this’ he says he told her. But she forced him into sex nonetheless. Ms. Greer retaliated by claiming ‘I ravished him’ but also claiming ‘I have no memory of it at all’ except to publicly announce that he had and perhaps transmitted chlamydia to her. But one wonders, was this an example of the ‘bad sex’ Ms. Greer regretted or actually an instance of female-on-male rape?

Germaine Greer has made a career of publishing the far-out, the incendiary, the decisive. ‘Greer’ and ‘feminist’ have been used synonymously but should they be!? What feminist does not speak out against Female Genital Mutilation, depriving a woman of her right to orgasm? Germaine Greer has not.

What feminist does not speak out against rape? Germaine Greer has not. She slapped the face of every rape survivor with her disgusting comments of last week.

But why? Why would a so-called feminist who fought for women be so two-faced?

In a November 2015 article in the Scottish Daily Mail, we discover a whole new Germaine Greer. One carefully hidden from view. A Germaine whose actions contradict much of what she wrote and claimed to believe. A woman who tried for and longed for a child but allegedly confided to a friend that an early abortion had rendered her infertile. A woman who cooked delicious meals for her lovers, a traditional female gender role if there ever was one.

Is it bitterness that makes Germaine Greer lash out again and again? Bitterness that her own rape went unreported and unresolved while the #metoo movement marches forward towards a justice Greer longs for but will never know? Is it bitterness in her own infertility that makes her lash out against mother love? Is it bitterness of her own history of divorce, lovers lost and broken relationships that makes her rail against marriage?

Bitterness, anger and unresolved pain makes much more sense than ‘feminism’. For last week, Germaine Greer dealt rape survivors everywhere, including herself, a blow across the face. Or was she merely grasping for another headline?

Rape is rape. Bad sex something quite different. But Ms. Greer already knows that damn well.

Shocking! Germaine Greer Claims Rape is Merely ‘Bad Sex’

Ivy Blonwyn

Ivy Blonwyn is a Welsh freelance writer and photographer. She and her husband have been trying, unsuccessfully, to start a family for several years. Ivy can relate to the pain, confusion, jealousy and sense of injustice that accompanies infertility. But she also knows the pain of being a step-mother to children who’s vindictive birth mother has systematically employed Parental Alienation to distance them from their birth-father, Ivy’s husband, Rhys. Her articles, often illustrated with her photos, are intended to validate and comfort those who suffer from infertility, Parental Alienation and the pain of sexual abuse. She finds solace in indulging her passion for plein air photography during long tramps with her husband through the fields, hills and castles of Cardiff. Follow Ivy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fullheartemptyarms or contact her at [email protected]


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Blonwyn, I. (2018). Shocking! Germaine Greer Claims Rape is Merely ‘Bad Sex’. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/full-heart/2018/06/shocking-germaine-greer-claims-rape-is-merely-bad-sex/

 

Last updated: 3 Jun 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2018
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