Et tu, Germaine?
I was waiting for Germaine Greer to weigh in on the #metoo movement, and I didn’t have long to wait.
“What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has. But 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.”
The second part of the quote is important:
“I want women to react here and now. I want the woman on a train who feels a man’s hand where it shouldn’t be…to be able to say quite clearly, ‘Stop.'”
The vehemence of the response to Greer’s statement, as compared to those of Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, which were quite harsh, is as acidic as Greer herself often is.
Germaine Greer is a feminist of the old school: truly radical, highly educated, and totally unapologetic.
What I find ironic is that those are the things that the opposition,
those who would have us all back to either the “secretarial pool” or the suburbs, pick one or the other, despise.
While Greer does seem out of touch with the current climate in any workforce outside of academia, maybe, I’m afraid that the response to her remarks shines a light on so much in our society that I don’t know where to begin to organize my thoughts.
A word we don’t use too much these days though, comes to mind: shallow.
Have we all become as shallow as our last Tweet, Facebook post, etc.? I’m definitely increasingly fast and fiery with my reactions to the never-ending storm of current events swirling around me.
I feel compelled to react and react quickly.
I have to get my two cents in, even though maybe no one is listening. But I at least try to listen first and then bash. And when I criticize someone like Germaine Greer, I take her past accomplishments into consideration.
Not because she deserves unreserved respect, but because that makes me a better critic.
What do you think? Do you recoil in disgust more quickly these days?
Well, who’s next? Camille Paglia?
I need some pillow therapy. Pillow therapy is when you need something soft, light, comfortable, and new for your house and you get a pillow. Is there such a thing as too many pillows? Well maybe old, grungy, shredded by the dog ones, but otherwise, no.
I found this pillow at Need Supply Co. If you’re not into the breasts thing, they also have some really nice linen pillows in soft, think Spring, colors. Blush Pink!
These earrings and earcuffs are from the jewelry company, Bruce. I have always been a big earrings woman. Because I have a big face, I’ve always felt better in big earrings, and I thought they looked better on me. And fine, small pieces of jewelry have always just been too dainty for my personality, I thought.
But things change, and I’m beginning to like the looks of earrings like these.
Big earrings perhaps, and jewelry in general, may be designed by people who care more about art than fine jewelers do? And while there’s nothing wrong with a big, sculptural, chandelier, or tasselled earring, these small, simple pieces make a statement of their own—especially of course, several worn together.
In the Summer time I find big pieces of jewelry really make me “hot,” but I think these little things would feel just right.
A new Instagram to follow. Tarracostyle is for those of you who want to follow a woman who is casual, comfortable, and stylish with a touch of “menswear” to her. She’s inspiring for sure.