In a shocking revelation, Germaine Greer has discovered that Big Brother is more than a little unpleasant. Press coverage of her miraculous (re)conversion; summary of the critics‘ line on her participation.
As for bullying… twelve years ago, following a somewhat turgidly ranting public lecture, I enquired of a Cambridge academic if they’d seen the cover story in that week’s Nature, which somewhat comprehensively demolished the central thrust of their evening’s tirade (sadly, I forget the subject). I suppose I expected either a rebuttal, or an indication that no, they hadn’t seen the paper. What I got was a vitriolic stream of invective, questioning my right to raise any questions at all on the grounds of my youth, degree subject choice, and gender. It was as shocking an example of academic bullying as I’ve seen, the authority figure tearing into the naïve student, who had no right (nor stomach) for reply. The academic? Why, Germaine Greer, of course.
She’s occasionally funny and very occasionally incisive. She probably wrote some significant stuff some time ago. But enough, already.