Notable Feminist Says Women Consented When They'Spread Their Legs' For Weinstein
Not all feminists support the #Metoo narrative and their strong opinions on sexual harassment.
After several French artists and scholars joined voices to denounce the “totalitarian” feminist movement, now prominent Australian feminist and scholar Germaine Greer opens up about Time’s Up,
Greer argued that, even though there are no excuses for predatory behavior, certain victims should have taken immediate action instead of “opening their legs” for Harvey Weinstein in exchange for movie roles and publicity.
“If you spread your legs because he said 'be nice to me and I'll give you a job in a movie’ then I'm afraid that's tantamount to consent, and it's too late now to start whingeing about that,” she said.
Greer, who was recently voted Australian of the Year in Britain, also added that in her opinion the campaign hadn’t gone far enough in its original aim, which was to shed light on the sexual abuse of regular workers by their employers, as well as to raise enough money to take perpetrators to court.
Famous for being fearlessly outspoken, she also breached the subject of Woody Allen, defending the 82-year-old disgraced film director, who has been accused of rape by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow since 1992.
“It was 20 years ago, so you want [Woody Allen] to stop making movies now?” she asked, addressing Dylan who has called for a boycott of Allen’s movies, and adding:
“It might be a good idea because he's probably no good any more.”
Over the weekend thousands of women marched across the globe, demanding an end to sexual harassment, while denouncing Donald Trump’s views on immigration, women’s and LGBT rights.
But while more and more women join the strong voice of Time’s Up feminists, the question arises, whether anyone who disagrees with the tactics of the movement should be slammed an anti-feminist.
With Catherine Deneuve publicly apologizing for challenging the movement just a few days after saying that it had gone too far, does #Metoo intend to offer a platform for discussion and democratic debate amongst notable feminists, such as Greer?
Greer’s comments have already sparked the usual Twitterstorm.
But it’s not the first time the intellectual has made headlines with her sharp tongue. In the past, she has attacked Caitlyn Jenner, after learning that she would be named one of Glamour Magazine's women of the year, by saying that “just because you lop off your d**k and then wear a dress doesn't make you a f***ing woman”.
Photo: Creative Commons