Tag: Germaine Greer

  • Agricultural Ravers and Poppers Smack Their Kiwi Up

    Country music thrives under authoritarian governments. Explicitly politicized bands like Prodigy, KLF, and Stone Temple Pilots were massive in England in the early 1990s when farmers there invented mad cow disease by feeding their livestock MDMA. The only “law” the Prodigy would appear to respect would be agrarian communism of the Mao/Khmer Rouge variety, which […]

  • Bride and Prejudice

    When I was growing up in the ’70s, marriage looked like it was on its last legs. Divorcées had invaded the mainstream media in series like Alice and films like An Unmarried Woman. The term Ms. slipped into common parlance, granting women an identity beyond marital status. “Head and master” laws that had legally bound […]

  • Open Me

    Pity the poor coffee-table book. For most of the year, it sits plaintively on a bookstore shelf, waiting for the holiday season. Passersby flick gently through its silken pages, leaving behind invisible fingerprints before returning it to its resting place. It seems like too much of an indulgence to justify buying for oneself: a beautiful […]

  • Hostile Witness

    It’s time to get angry again.” So writes Germaine Greer in her introduction to The Whole Woman. She may have intended it as a wake-up call, but more than anything, this book appears to be Greer’s bid to matter again. In 1970, The Female Eunuch made the Australian expat an international star, as funny as […]