20 November 2015
Over in the UK acclaimed author Germaine Greer continues her attacks on trans women, this time via a lecture at Cardiff University, reiterating her transphobic views despite thousands of people signing a petition to stop her from speaking.
The academic and writer has repeatedly demonstrated her bias with her claims that trans women are not women.
In a Q&A following her lecture titled ‘Women and Power: Lessons from the 20th Century’, Greer was asked whether her views were harming trans people.
‘I don’t believe a woman is a man without a cock,’ she said. ‘You can beat me over the head with a baseball bat. It still won’t make me change my mind.
‘Being a woman is a bit tricky. If you didn’t find your pants full of blood when you were 13 there’s something important about being a woman you don’t know.’
A large group of protesters peacefully gathered outside the hall, holding placards saying ‘genitals do not equal gender’ and ‘transphobia is not feminism’.
Over 3,000 people signed a petition for Greer to be banned from giving the lecture.
‘Trans-exclusionary views should have no place in feminism or society,’ read the petition, organized by Cardiff University Union women’s officer Rachael Melhuish.
‘Hosting a speaker with such problematic and hateful views towards marginalized and vulnerable groups is dangerous.’
In response, Cardiff University vice chancellor Colin Riodin said there was ‘no case’ for withdrawing a ‘distinguished and exceptional academic speaker’ on the basis she has voiced opinions that are offensive to others.