Germaine Greer criticises 'whingeing' Me Too movement where women 'spread legs for film parts'

Germaine Greer criticises 'whingeing' Me Too movement where women 'spread legs for film parts'

Germaine Greer said nothing excuses men preying on women

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Australian writer and second-wave feminist Germaine Greer has criticised the "whingeing" Me Too movement.

The 78-year-old claimed that some women "spread [their] legs" in order to get a part in a Harvey Weinstein production, and thus are nothing more than hypocrites, according to The Telegraph.

She said that if women "spread your legs because he said 'be nice to me and I'll give you a job in a movie'" then it's "tantamount to consent, and it's too late now to start whingeing about that."

Weinstein has been accused by many women of sexual harassment and these allegations have inspired the #MeToo movement.

Greer also said that in the past women were able to "slap down" any man who was harassing them or trying to assault them.

To illustrate this she provided an example: "In the old days, there were movies, the Carry On comedies for example, which always had a man leering after women. And the women always outwitted him. He was a fool."

But she said this is not to say that she is excusing the behaviour of men who prey on women.

She revealed she's always wanted women to react as soon as they see sexual harassment and take "direct and immediate action" against perpetrators.

Again she gave an example: "I want the woman on a train who feels a man's hand where it shouldn't be…to be able to say quite clearly 'stop'."

Despite this she agreed that when a man has financial influence over the woman it can be difficult.

Greer also accused the campaign of not working hard enough to give a voice to women who are not famous and being harrassed by employers.

She made the comments during an interview before being named named Australian of the Year in Britain.