Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement

Greer said she had “always wanted to see women react immediately” when they were faced with sexual abuse or harassment.

Acknowledging to the Sydney Morning Herald that “what makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has”, Greer said that “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”.

I’m really concerned that the women who have given testimony now will be taken to pieces,” she said, according to “Because power is power, ultimately, and the people protesting are people who don’t have the power.”

“My feeling is we ditch rape altogether [as a crime] because it’s hopeless. I have seen the police working up a rape case trying desperately hard to build it up so it will stand up in court – and wasting their time,” she said. “The burden of proof is too high and that’s because the tariff is too onerous. Rape is a daily crime, it’s not spectacular. What we need is a coherent law of sexual assault.”

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