From The Guardian:
At first, it appeared Germaine Greer was backing away from her view that trans women were not “real” women.
And hope sprang in the hearts of Guardian readers, Social Justice Warriors and the generally-deluded that Germaine Greer would be a good leftist and pretend biological facts don’t exist.
“This is so difficult” she began.
Oh-oh! It sounds like she’s thinking about it instead of reciting the dogma word-for-word as she should…
“I agree that when I first was thinking about what is a woman I fell for the usual view that women were people with two Xs and men were people with an X and a Y, which made life nice and easy for me. And I now realise, partly because I’m not entirely immune to information, that this was wrong.”
She’s trying to be a good leftist: she understands that information is the enemy. And she’s aware that she needs to try to be immune to information. She doesn’t, however, seem to realise that thinkng is also the enemy.
“When I was younger I found your work a great source of strength and inspiration,” D’Souza said. “It helped me resist the limitations that society or even misogynists could place on me but I find really confusing views you’ve expressed that transgender women are not real women. Why do you believe there is such a thing as a real woman? Isn’t that the kind of essentialism that you and I are trying to resist and escape?”
It is terribly confusing isn’t it? Why would anyone believe there were such a thing as a real woman? When there is, obviously, no good critical-theory-supported proof that such a creature exists. Only ‘identities’ exist. And they, as we know, are fluid-whispy-things that can be and are whatever you want them to be.
But it wasn’t to be. After conceding she had been wrong in the past, Greer offered an observation about the intersex spectrum and declared that a transgender person could not know their real gender identity, because “you don’t know what the other sex is”.
So.. Close.. She was… almost…. There…. She concedes she was wrong to base her opinions on information and facts. And she concedes that the desires of the transsexual person’s brain trumps the physical fact of his body. But… she can’t work out how the transsexual person knows he’s a woman if he has no experience of being one. Oh dear!
She doesn’t realise that wanting-to-be-a-women IS being-a-woman therefore knowing-you-want-to-be-a-woman is the same as knowing-you-are-a-woman.
Hasn’t she taken any classes in post-structural critical theory intersectionality?! Jeez!
The Female Eunuch author then said it “wasn’t fair” that “a man who has lived for 40 years as a man and had children with a woman and enjoyed the services – the unpaid services of a wife, which most women will never know … then decides that the whole time he’s been a woman.”
Now she’s just being problematic. Sent her to the gulag!
The internet responded by again accusing Greer of transphobia, a word which, last year, she joked did not exist.