Is it a fade that women go through?

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GER­MAINE Greer is bring­ing her lat­est show to Bucks this month. Forty years ago it seemed that women were about to take their right­ful place in the world, in par­lia­ment, in the ju­di­ciary, in the work­place but when you open the news­pa­per you find that news is still made by men in suits.

The fe­male most likely to be seen in the sports pages will be a horse. Women are dis­ap­pear­ing too be­cause flesh is not al­lowed. As soon as girls ac­cept the size, role and shape of adult women, they begin to dis­ap­pear.

With each stage of their lives, as they be­come wife, mother, mother-in­law, grand­mother, they be­come less vis­i­ble. Vir­tu­ally oblit­er­ated are the three-quar­ters of care home res­i­dents who are women.

Ger­maine Greer at­tempts to ex­plain this state of af­fairs and to sug­gest some strate­gies for change.

Ger­maine Greer: The Dis­ap­pear­ing Woman Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 23, 7.30pm The El­giva, St Mary’s Way, Che­sham, HP5 1HR £14 (full), £13 (conc) 01494 582 900 www.el­giva.com

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