female-eunuch

Maybe I couldn’t make it. Maybe I don’t have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky arse, a sexy voice. Maybe I don’t know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I’m sick of the masquerade. I’m sick of pretending eternal youth. I’m sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I’m sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I’m sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I’m sick of the Powder Room. I’m sick of pretending that some fatuous male’s self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I’m sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I’m sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate.
—  Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
It is often falsely assumed, even by feminists, that sexuality is the enemy of the female who really wants to develop these aspects of her personality, and this is perhaps the most misleading aspect of movements like the National Organization of Women. It was not the insistence upon her sex that weakened the American woman student’s desire to make something of her education, but the insistence upon a passive sexual role
—  Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
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Essential Feminist Reads. Of course there are plenty more, but please, please, please know your literature if you consider yourself a feminist. There’s a long history of female intellects preceding you!

Natasha Walter - Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, 2008.

Zadie Smith - On Beauty, 2005.

Germaine Greer - The Female Eunuch, 1970.

Margaret Atwood - The Edible Woman, 1969.

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar, 1963.

Betty Friedan - The Feminine Mystique, 1963.

Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex, 1949.

Virginia Woolf - A Room of One’s Own, 1929.

Kate Chopin - The Awakening, 1899.

Feminism Failed: Cue Blame Game

In a presidential election between an openly misogynistic man and a proud feminist woman 53% of white women, and 46% of women overall, voted for the openly misogynistic man. One would think feminists would ask themselves “What’s wrong with our message and why have we failed so badly?”

One would be wrong.

Instead, feminists blamed women for being the problem, doubled down on their Men Are Monsters meme, and upped the ante on their “You must be afraid, angry, or depressed, but never happy” campaign.

Feminist L.V. Anderson: White Women Sold Out the Sisterhood and the World by Voting for Trump

White women sold out their fellow women, their country, and themselves last night. Most white women don’t want to be part of an intersectional feminist sisterhood. Most white women just want to be one of the guys. And we will all suffer for it.

Feminist Michelle Goldberg: Donald Trump’s Victory Proves That America Hates Women

Forty-six years ago, Germaine Greer wrote in The Female Eunuch, “Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.” Well, now we do.

On Tuesday, faced with a choice between a highly competent if uncharismatic female candidate and the deranged distillation of the angry white male id, America chose the latter. We don’t yet have a full picture of the electorate, but according to exit polls published by the New York Times, 54 percent of women voted for Clinton while 53 percent of men chose Donald Trump. Men—joined by white women, a majority of whom voted for Trump—banded together to award the presidency to the most shamelessly misogynist candidate in modern history.

Feminist Christina Cauterucci: In America, Love Does Not Trump Hate

The world is a different place now. Tonight was not a victory for Donald Trump or a loss for Hillary Clinton. It was a statement about the power of fear, anger, and hatred of the other.

Feminists are shocked by these results because they never venture outside their own circle, never question their own beliefs, and never take seriously how many people disagree with their campaign of fraud, hypocrisy and slander.

Feminism failed, and according to feminism, everyone else is to blame except themselves. Unfortunately for them, tens of millions of American women disagree. President Elect Donald Trump proves it.

books i just ordered:

  • jean genet (it has his poems?? i assume?) - transl. by savona
  • illuminations - rimbaud
  • the master and margarita - bulgakov
  • coney island of the mind - ferlinghetti
  • great jones street - delillo 
  • the female eunuch - greer 
  • journals: mid fifties - ginsberg