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 :: 1939-, Australian Feminist Writer

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Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
~ Germaine Greer - [Insecurity]

 

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Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.
~ Germaine Greer - [Security]

 

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The blind conviction that we have to do something about other people's reproductive behavior, and that we may have to do it whether they like it or not, derives from the assumption that the world belongs to us, who have so expertly depleted its resources, rather than to them, who have not.
~ Germaine Greer - [Birth Control]

 

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The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.
~ Germaine Greer - [Fertility]

 

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The misery of the middle-aged woman is a gray and hopeless thing, born of having nothing to live for, of disappointment and resentment at having been gypped by consumer society, and surviving merely to be the butt of its unthinking scorn.
~ Germaine Greer - [Age and Aging]

 

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The most threatened group in human societies as in animal societies is the unmated male: the unmated male is more likely to wind up in prison or in an asylum or dead than his mated counterpart. He is less likely to be promoted at work and he is considered a poor credit risk.
~ Germaine Greer - [Bachelor]

 

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The older woman's love is not love of herself, nor of herself mirrored in a lover's eyes, nor is it corrupted by need. It is a feeling of tenderness so still and deep and warm that it gilds every grass blade and blesses every fly. It includes the ones who have a claim on it, and a great deal else besides. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
~ Germaine Greer - [Age and Aging]

 

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The only perfect love to be found on earth is not sexual love, which is riddled with hostility and insecurity, but the wordless commitment of families, which takes as its model mother-love. This is not to say that fathers have no place, for father-love, with its driving for self-improvement and discipline, is also essential to survival, but that uncorrected father-love, father-love as it were practiced by both parents, is a way to annihilation.
~ Germaine Greer - [Family]

 

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The principle of the brotherhood of man is narcissistic... for the grounds for that love have always been the assumption that we ought to realize that we are the same the whole world over.
~ Germaine Greer - [Human Fellowship]

 

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The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.
~ Germaine Greer - [Feminism]

 

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The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
~ Germaine Greer - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.
~ Germaine Greer - [Men]

 

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There has come into existence, chiefly in America, a breed of men who claim to be feminists. They imagine that they have understood ''what women want'' and that they are capable of giving it to them. They help with the dishes at home and make their own coffee in the office, basking the while in the refulgent consciousness of virtue. Such men are apt to think of the true male feminists as utterly chauvinistic.
~ Germaine Greer - [Feminism]

 

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There is no such thing as security. There never has been.
~ Germaine Greer - [Security]

 

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We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.
~ Germaine Greer - [Children]

 

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What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine.
~ Germaine Greer - [Girls]

 

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Woman cannot be content with health and agility: she must make exorbitant efforts to appear something that never could exist without a diligent perversion of nature. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?
~ Germaine Greer - [Appearance]

 

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Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living.
~ Germaine Greer - [Age and Aging]

 

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Women's liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let's get on with it.
~ Germaine Greer - [Feminism]

 

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Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?
~ Germaine Greer - [Inhibition]

 

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