The Art of the Australian Insult


Worse than cannibalism
August 26, 2008, 12:08 am
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“Reducing the person to excremental artefact before she is dead is worse than cannibalism.”

Germaine Greer commenting on the fact that she is a character in the film Hippie Hippie Shake, as quoted in an interview with Emma Booth, the actress who portrays her. Sunday Life magazine, August 24 2008.

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With these two we don’t need comedians
August 21, 2008, 8:18 am
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“Just who is this Germaine Greer person who pours scorn and venom on any issue which generally requires some¬† modicum of knowledge of the subject and a dash of sensitivity? Doesn’t she know we already have Paul Keating, who aces her on all counts, all the while regaling us with anecdotes of his brilliance? With these two, we really don’t need comedians – but some relevant commentators might just be useful.”

John Vickary, Cairns, letter to The Australian. There have been many letters in response to the argument by Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton that Germaine Greer’s “rage” argument is racist.

“Taken as a whole, her arguments are racist,” says Professor Langton, the chair of Australian indigenous studies at Melbourne University. “They are also just plain wrong.”



Germane to the argument
August 21, 2008, 2:41 am
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“Greer, while fun at a dinner party or on a chat show, ultimately offers nothing. She is a true sophist – constructing fine arguments for a specious premise. They are of no use, like infertile seed thrown on fallow ground. Everyone is expectant, delighted that such fine seed has arrived, only to be disappointed when it turns to nought.”

Miranda Devine on Germaine Greer. She argues:

“Never having had children, or lived an extended period of domestic bliss with a man, she has rejected the experience and choice of most women. Her 2003 picture book The Beautiful Boy, which lusted after teenage boys whose “sperm runs like tap water”, indicates her emotional development never progressed much past 12, leaving her suspended in a mindset of doing or saying anything to get a boy’s attention.”