It’s all Ger­maine

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Chris­tine Wal­lace (Ger­maine Greer: Un­tamed Shrew, 1997) con­tends that the ori­gins of Greer’s fe­male eu­nuch can be traced to Black Pan­ther Eldridge Cleaver’s 1968 es­say The Al­le­gory of the Black Eunuchs. Cleaver is dis­mis­sive of black men he ac­cuses of sell­ing out to white cul­ture. My im­pres­sion is that Greer (“Hear me roar”, Oct 27-28) shows sim­i­lar hostility to­wards women she sees as sell­ing out to pa­tri­archy. She for­gets her priv­i­lege of be­ing a ’70s rev­o­lu­tion­ary lu­mi­nary and not hav­ing to con­tend with life as an “or­di­nary” woman. This ar­guably is the in­tractable dif­fer­ence be­tween writ­ing for cause and the re­al­ity of lived ex­pe­ri­ence. Stella Co­ram

St Kilda, Vic

In 1983 I was priv­i­leged to nurse Greer’s father, Reg Greer, for the last part of his life. Ger­maine wrote let­ters to her father in hos­pi­tal and I had the plea­sure of read­ing

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