Feminist Icon Germaine Greer: ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner Woman of the Year Award is ‘Misogynist’

By Michael W. Chapman | September 8, 2017 | 2:23pm EDT

Germaine Greer, left, and Bruce

"Caitlyn" Jenner. (

Feminist and best selling author Germaine Greer, who is considered one of the most influential women of the last 70 years, said that honoring Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner with Glamour magazine's Women of the Year Award was "misogynist" because it essentially affirmed that a man, through surgery, can "be a better woman" than someone "who is just born a woman."

Greer, author of the best selling The Female Eunuch, also said it is a myth that transgender people suffer in ways different than other people and if transgenders are insulted by her opinions, she doesn't care -- that's life, "people get insulted all the time."

Greer, who was born in Australia and lives in England, earned her PhD from Newnham College in Cambridge. She has held several academic positions over the years and is the author (or co-author) of 20 books. 

During an interview on BBC Newsnight, host Kirsty Wark said, “So, someone like Caitlyn Jenner, for example, who’s been on the fronts of lots of magazines and apparently is – I think I’m right in saying – is getting an award for Glamour Woman of the Year. What do you think about that?”

“I think it’s misogynist," said Greer. “I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these lengths [sex-reassignment surgery] will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman.”

“It seems to me that what was going on there was that he/she [Jenner] wanted the limelight that the other female members of the family were enjoying, and he conquered it just like that!” she said.

Wark then mentioned a video about a transgender person walking donw the street and being abused and asked if that was a "resonable position"?

“Am I mistaken in thinking that this individual is naked? And running down the street with just a hand over his/her genitals?” said Greer. Wark said yes, that was true.

Greer continued, “You try running with your sagging breasts down the middle of the f**king street and see what people will throw, a blanket around you, grab you and call the police. For f**k’s sake! It is simply not true that intersexual people suffer in a way that other people don’t suffer!”

Wark then asked, “Would you ever consider saying something more ameliorating?”

Greer answered, “No! and I’m getting fed up with this. I’ve had things thrown at me. I’ve been accused of things I’ve never done or said. People seem to have no concern about evidence or, indeed, even about libel.”

In 2016, Greer was named on the Woman's Hour Power List as one of seven women to have had the greatest impact on women's lives over the last 70 years -- the list also included Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Castle, Bridget Jones, and Beyonce.

Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner.  ( 

Wark continued, “If a man has his gender reassigned outwardly, and inwardly he feels as a woman, in your view can he be a woman or not?” Greer replied, "No."

When Wark said, “Do you understand how some people feel that’s insulting?” Greer answered, “I don’t care. People get insulted all the time. Australians get insulted every day of the week.” 

Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year and honored on Nov. 9, 2015. Several other real women were also honored, including Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland, and Cecile Richards.

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