More pro-child sexual abuse propaganda from Germaine Greer

In an earlier post I drew attention to the justifications for sexual abuse of children provided by Germaine Greer, in particular in the case of Helen Goddard, convicted abuser who taught at City of London School for Girls. I have just come across a quote from considerably earlier, from a 33-year old Greer. Clearly this type of view has been consistent throughout her career; I believe all of her writings and work in other media should be more closely scrutinised in light of this.

One woman I know enjoyed sex with an uncle all through her childhood, and never realized that anything unusual was toward until she went away to school. What disturbed her then was not what her uncle had done but the attitude of her teachers and the school psychiatrist. They assumed that she must have been traumatized and disgusted and therefore in need of very special help. In order to capitulate to their expectations, she began to fake symptoms that she did not feel, until at length she began to feel truly guilty about not having been guilty. She ended up judging herself very harshly for this innate lechery.

Germaine Greer, ‘Seduction is a Four-Letter Word’, Playboy (January 1972), p. 82, cited in Richard Parson, Birthrights (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974), p. 151.

It is not surprising that Tom O’Carroll, former chair of the Paedophile Information Exchange, should have been so enamoured of Greer (see his comments on her in ‘Is PIE Sexist?’, Magpie 12 (December 1978)) , and continued to enthusiastically report her support for Harriet Harman and NCCL this year; according to O’Carroll Greer argued on Any Questions? ‘that the age of consent issue was not just about paedophiles but about young people’s right to a sexual life, which was why she and others had supported changing the law’.

Michelle Elliott, researcher into sexual abuse committed by women, in the interview below (from about 9’25”) quotes Greer’s comment to her ‘Well, if it is a woman having sex with a young teenage boy, i.e. 13 or 14-year-old, and he gets an erection, then clearly it’s his responsibility’.

6 Comments on “More pro-child sexual abuse propaganda from Germaine Greer”

  1. […] More pro-child sexual abuse propaganda from Germaine Greer (12/11/14). […]

  2. […] much sympathy, nor even do female victims of female abusers – I have written elsewhere about the case of trumpet teacher Helen Goddard, who abused a girl aged 13-15 at the City of London School… (scroll down towards the end of this long post for this section). Rachel Porter of the Mail was […]

  3. […] in regards to such desire, their sister’s sexual development, and a bunch of other stuff that Germaine Greer probably shouldn’t be writing essays about. And to accompany them, there are twin children […]

  4. Totally ignoring the vile anti-Semitic rant above, back to the main subject of the article: ultra-transphobe Greer invests so much time and effort in defending the activities of child abusers yet at the same time condemns as evil a much marginalised minority of largely innocent people who happen to be transgender. Tells us all you really need to know about her really!

  5. Gina says:

    I don’t see how Greer can be said to be pro-child sexual abuse on the basis of a comment that a child that didn’t feel abused was encouraged to feel abused. The point she is making is that the genesis of trauma is not straightforward, and that if we wilfully remain blinkered to its complexity in order to preserve an orthodox cultural narrative then we’re complicit in the ‘harm machine’. By arguing that we should seek to understand the nature and origins of the trauma, her position is anti-abuse and therefore entirely salubrious.

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