Germaine Greer talk

Genevieve Hudson L6 writes: Germaine Greer, acclaimed academic and avid feminist, visited St Swithun’s to deliver a talk entitled The Disappearing Woman. The author of the international bestseller The Female Eunuch addressed issues facing women in today’s society.

A number of Swithunites were particularly excited about the evening as a growing number of us are forming our ownfeminist movement and are hoping to highlight the ignorance of many young people (especially women) on the topic of equality. Germaine herself addressed this in her talk, stressing that ignorance of women is a bigger issue than that of men; after all, how do we expect to achieve equality when we as women aren’t recognising the inequality ourselves?

Some of the many controversial topics that Ms Greer commented on included the promotion of sexual education for underage girls, how the recent budget favoured two parent families over single mothers, and reforming the UK prison sentence for rape. The individual points of view she offered were truly thought-provoking for all members of the audience, encouraging a completely different outlook on particular aspects of society which I personally had not previously considered of great importance when approaching feminism.

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