Germaine Greer Quotes

31 Germaine Greer quotes:

"The older woman's love is not love of herself, nor of herself mirrored in a lover's eyes, nor is it corrupted by need. It is a feeling of tenderness so still and deep and warm that it gilds every grass blade and blesses every fly. It includes the ones who have a claim on it, and a great deal else besides. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
"The misery of the middle-aged woman is a gray and hopeless thing, born of having nothing to live for, of disappointment and resentment at having been gypped by consumer society, and surviving merely to be the butt of its unthinking scorn."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Age And Aging Quotes Misery Quotes
"Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living."
"The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion."
"There has come into existence, chiefly in America, a breed of men who claim to be feminists. They imagine that they have understood ''what women want'' and that they are capable of giving it to them. They help with the dishes at home and make their own coffee in the office, basking the while in the refulgent consciousness of virtue. Such men are apt to think of the true male feminists as utterly chauvinistic."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: America Quotes Feminism Quotes
"Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe."
"Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness."
"Security is when everything is settled. When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes Denial Quotes
"Woman cannot be content with health and agility: she must make exorbitant efforts to appear something that never could exist without a diligent perversion of nature. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?"
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Appearance Quotes
"Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?"
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized, it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities . To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Authority Quotes
"Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it's one of the most charming things about them."
"Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it."
"I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"You're only young once, but you can be immature forever."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Quotes Quotes
"In our society, the pre-adolescent girl, the nubile virgin, the sexually active woman, the mother and the grandmother are all expected to look and behave in the same way. The correct body outline for them all is girlish; their voices should remain sweet and low, their manner accommodating. ... Kicking off leg-lengthening high-heeled shoes, wiping the colored grease off your lips, raising your voice, letting the grey come through your hair, ceasing the simper that lifts your cheeks and letting your jowls settle into disapproving shapes is seen as letting yourself go."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health."
Author: Greer Quotes Category: Mother Quotes Mothers Quotes

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