Stand proud and embrace feminism
I AGREE with Barbara Ellen’s response (ODT, 11.6.18) to Germaine Greer’s sad and outdated comments to the Hay Literary Festival as reported in the World section of Monday’s newspaper.
As an ageing lesbian feminist and rape survivor, I am appalled that Dr Greer, who was such a strident feminist, can minimise the experiences of women today who are abused and raped by men who think it their right.
The effects of rape can be lifelong, deeply painful, humiliating and disempowering. Some of us survive, some develop serious mental heath issues, some of us reach our potential, others are traumatised for life.
Each woman’s experience is very different, depending on their level of resilience and whether they have love and support to carry them through. Dr Greer had power and position, which seems to carry her through, but that is no excuse for demeaning others.
Since the 1970s, numerous Rape Crisis groups and women’s refuges have been set up to provide support and legal assistance, and they are needed today as much as ever they were in their founding days.
So I say to the young women of today, stand strong, stand proud, support each other in fun and fury, be glad to embrace feminism and know that many of us who are older will stand alongside you too.