Content warning: This piece deals with issues around rape and sexual assault and may be triggering for some readers.
Because of course, what do you do when you’re bored of offending the transgender community? Go after survivors of sexual assault, it would seem.
Speaking at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Wales, Greer — who is publishing her full argument on rape in a new book coming out in September — also argued for lessened prison sentences of rapists. The New York Times reports “many in the audience walked out, visibly upset”.
Ms Greer told the audience “most rapes don’t involve any injury whatsoever”.
“We are told it’s one of the most violent crimes in the world… Bullshit. Most rape is just lazy, just careless, just insensitive,” she reportedly said.
“Every time a man rolls over on his exhausted wife and insists on enjoying his conjugal right, he is raping her. It will never end up in a court of law.
“Instead of thinking of rape as a spectacularly violent crime – and some rapes are – think about it as non-consensual, that is, bad sex. Sex where there is no communication, no tenderness, no mention of love. We used to talk about lovemaking.”
That entire Germaine Greer article is honestly one of the most dangerous, ignorant things I have ever read. I refuse to even link it & help spread it.
Forcing yourself inside a woman’s body will ALWAYS be violent. To all survivors, your pain is real, you deserve your justice.
— Amy (@Burtini) May 30, 2018
Greer, who famously penned The Female Eunuch in 1970, said the “official position” that 70 per cent of rape victims suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, compared to 20 per cent of military veterans, was inconceivable.
“At this point, you think, what the hell are you saying? That something that leaves no sign, no injury, nothing, is more damaging to women than seeing your best friend blown up by an IED is to a veteran?” she said.