Controversial feminist says nudity is usually a sign of submission, inequality
Germaine Greer has criticised Beyonce for the” sexual display” in her stage outfits.
Speaking in a BBC documentary that will be aired on Saturday, called Germaine Bloody Greer, and reported in the Sun and the Mirror, she says:” Someone like Beyonce- who I think is a fantastic musician, a beautiful voice as true as a buzzer – why has she always got to be fucking naked and have her tits hanging out? Why?
” I’m not saying you have to keep your clothes on, but why is sexual display part of the job? I might as well ask that question to a barmaid who says she doesn’t get any tips if she doesn’t depict cleavage .”
Greer also criticises female athletes, saying:” Why do women athletes have to be naked? I watched bloody figure skating and the woman is virtually naked. She has got a few wisps of cloth and the man is in evening dress. You believe nakedness is usually a sign of submission, it’s a sign of inequality .”
She describes her own nude photos, taken for Suck magazine in 1971, as “revolutionary” and a” disruptive gesture “.
Accused of transphobia having repeatedly declared that people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are not females, Greer caused further outrage recently when she said that” most rapes don’t involve any trauma whatsoever “.
Speaking at the Hay literary festival, she said:” Most rape is just lazy, simply careless, insensitive. Every time a man rolls over on his exhausted spouse and insists on enjoying his conjugal rights 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 .” She added that the sentencing for rape should be reduced, and reasoned:” A man can’t kill you with his penis .”
Her new book, On Rape, is published in September.
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