Germaine Greer's Inequality For Women: Gender And Gender

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Gender equality, an issue in which no one ever wins or ends on a positive note. Inequality between the sexes has existed since the beginning of civilization, and is still present to this day. However the inequality isn’t as awful as it once was years ago, yet it is still an issue that many are passionate about. As one, society has progressed in both positive and negative ways; with the fight against equality among the sexes people have gone to known to be quite passionate about the subject thus gaining the title of extremist or controversial. Germaine Greer, an Australian author, professor, and public figure born in 1939, is known to be a controversial feminist due to many of her actions which lead her to fame. Greer mostly wrote about feminism …show more content…
Greer starts off by stating that “masculinity is to maleness as femininity is to femaleness” ( Greer 728). In addition she starts of her agreement by saying that masculinity is cultural construct. On the other hand since Greer was a feminist a majority of the emotion was geared to cause sympathy for females, yet sympathy for males is present. Since Greer was diverse in her argument a mix of quotes from people and analyzes of the study was added to satisfy both sides. During the argument Greer shares quotes from both males and females, at one point she quotes a woman who claims that men are ruining the world and a man who shares the unjust treatment they received if they showed weakness (Greer 730-32). Despite being a feminist, Greer’s presentation of inequality experienced by both sides offers strength in her argument. During the analyzes of the gathered information Greer was able to find some way to further connect with the audience and appeal to the emotion by tapping away at possible experiences felt by them or by people they personally know. Getting personal with starting issues faced by both sides gives Greer and advantage in her …show more content…
After the official argument is introduced, Greer immediately starts with the study of people born with a genetic disorder that refutes her argument and state that masculinity is a genetic trait (Greer 729). After analyzing the results Greer began to pick apart the study and point out it 's flaws in reason. In addition to the study Greer mentions an experiment that involved the difference between the treatment infants received by caretakers and their parents based on their gender. During the experiment it was noted that the child that was said to be a male was treated better than the child that was presumed as a female (Greer 730). In short the study found that males were cherished more than the females. Not only are studies and experiment used, excerpts taken from magazines, newspapers, and quotes from individuals that further support Greer 's argument. Diversity is a major component on the argument and it 's clear throughout its entirely. Greer includes quotes ranging from another fellow respectable author, a singer, a professional athlete, a navy officer, and lastly a simple retail

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