Sunday 26 February 2017

You might not agree with 'transphobia' but don't curb free speech

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Germaine Greer has never accepted that a man can change into a woman
Germaine Greer has never accepted that a man can change into a woman

Oops! Germaine Greer is in trouble again! And once more, for her strong views: students at Cardiff University have campaigned for her to be banned from speaking there in November on the subject of women and power.

Feminist students, led by the women's officer at the Cardiff students' union, Rachael Melhuish, organised a petition to stop Dr Greer from speaking, claiming that her opinions on the transgender issue are "transphobic". GG, they alleged, has "demonstrated misogynistic views towards trans women, including continually misgendering trans women and denying the existence of transphobia altogether."

In plain English: Germaine doesn't agree that men can become women by surgery, and for this opinion she should be muzzled from speaking at a uni campus. As a matter of fact, Greer has been critical of the concept of "trangendering" since the 1970s, when the renowned Welsh author, James Morris, had a sex reassignment operation and become Jan Morris, writing a book about the journey called 'Conundrum'. While many applauded Morris's openness about his decision to go to Morocco (where the operation had to be performed), Dr Greer wrote at the time that while he was entitled to do whatever he liked with his body, she did not accept that such surgery made Morris a woman.

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