(ed:..over the years i have read most of greers’ books – i remember her as a good writer..)
Greer and the Deneuve group are #notallolderfeminists.
Baird’s question however is a useful means to explore not only some contrast in inter-generational feminisms but the vast experiential differences between the generations themselves.
The Deneuve/Greer analysis originates from a period in which having casual sex – multiple partners and sex outside of marriage were acts in defiance of old patriarchal taboos.
We forget in the west just how transformative the past few decades have been.
Consider that when Deneuve appeared onscreen as the curious bourgeois sexual day-labourer in 1967’s Belle Du Jour – representations of sex itself were considered so scandalous that Britain was still operating under full theatre censorship.
In Australia sexy books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover were subject to an import ban.
On American television, even married couples on TV sitcoms were depicted in separate beds.
The right for women to escape the passive sexual role obliged of them by culture – the imperative to do so in the cause of women’s liberation – is at the heart of Greer’s demands in her 1970 manifesto The Female Eunuch.
In the world the book depicts of the lonely housewife ‘staring at the back of her husband’s newspaper’ – a realised female sexuality is a militant act of revolt.