Germaine Greer
Quotations


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.

Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.

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.

The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.

After centuries of conditioning of the female into the condition of perpetual girlishness called femininity, we cannot remember what femaleness is. Though feminists have been arguing for years that there is a self-defining female energy, and a female libido that is not expressed merely in response to demands by the male, and a female way of being and of experiencing the world, we are still not close to understanding what it might be. Yet every mother who has held a girl child in her arms has known that she was different from a boy child and that she would approach the reality around her in a different way . . . . She is a female and she will die female, and though many centuries should pass, archaeologists would identify her skeleton as the remains of a female creature.

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?

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.

The misery of the middle-aged woman is a grey 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.

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.

Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.



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