Transgender women are 'not women', says Germaine Greer (WATCH)

Oct 27, 2015 at 11:48 a.m. ET
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Outspoken author and feminist Germaine Greer's views on transgender women have led to her being turned down for an honorary degree from Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Greer had also been booked to give a lecture on Nov. 18 at Cardiff University titled "Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century."

Rachael Melhuish, women's officer at the university's students' union, began a petition on calling for the lecture to be cancelled, alleging that Greer has "demonstrated misogynistic views towards trans women, including continually misgendering trans women and denying the existence of transphobia altogether."

The petition currently has 2,709 signatures but is redundant — because Greer herself has cancelled the lecture.

She appeared on Newsnight with Kirsty Wark to clarify her views, which doesn't appear to have done her any favours. Greer confirmed that she doesn't see a transgender woman as a woman and added that she's not alone in this view: "A great many women don't think that post-operative, or even non-post-operative transsexual [male to female] people look like, sound like or behave like women but they daren't say so."

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She also gave her opinion on Caitlyn Jenner being awarded the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, saying: "What was going on was he/she wanted the limelight that the other female members of the family were enjoying and has conquered it just like that.

"I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this… that a man who goes to these lengths will be a better woman than someone who was just born a woman," she added.

Greer also said that it was "simply not true that intersex people suffer in a way that other people don't suffer."

Watch the interview in full below:


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