|64 YEAR-OLD FEMINIST COLLECTS AND PUBLISHES NUDE PHOTOS OF BOYS, YOU KNOW, FOR FUN.|
|By Damion Matthews||
Is Germaine Greer:
A.) an intellectual far ahead of her time.
Such questions are being asked as word gets out about her new book, "The
Beautiful Boy," which includes hundreds of photos of naked and semi-naked
boys, and a lengthy essay on "why boys have always been the world's
pin-ups." It won't be published until November, but it's already
dusted-up controversy as people stampede to either attack or defend Greer's
"Germaine Greer is a big name with a big mouth," he recently said. "First she was the great female liberationist. Next, with "The Change," it was the menopause; then with "The Whole Woman," it was how tough motherhood is.
Now its her obsession with young boys."
And in a July edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's most
prominent female columnist said Greer provokes controversy as a marketing
ploy, using "the cheapest trick" to do so: Breaking taboo.
"If the ultimate evolution of Western liberal democracy requires the removal of all taboos, the destruction of family life and religion, Greer's sanctioned pedophilia, sexualised children, and padded bras for eight-year-olds, then who wants it? I would rather wear a burqa than have my eight-year-old child become a sex object," she wrote.
To Ms. Devine's thinking, Greer's interest in young men is the sort of thing to bring about the end of Western civilization altogether.
The newspaper followed up on Devine's article with a somewhat lengthy letter from a reader, Georgia Lewis, who said Greer's books is "just the right tragic little marketing ploy."
"At worst, she is creepy," said Ms. Lewis. "Imagine if a 60-something male author wrote a book reclaiming the right of blokes to ogle 17-year-old nymphettes in knickers. He'd be called a dirty old man faster than you could say 'Bill Wyman.'"
But across the globe, New York novelist Bruce Benderson had a markedly different take on the matter.
"I highly doubt that Germaine Greer is molesting underage boys or
proselytizing for that sort of behavior," he said.
One expects Michelangelo to play a large role in Greer's book, as will all the masters of art history who've filled the world's museums with images of gorgeous young men. In December, Greer was clearly thrilled with the task of finding the best of these images.
"Finishing the current book is more difficult than it should be, because I just can't let it go. Working on it has been the best fun in the world, because it is a book of pictures of ravishing boys," she wrote in London's "Daily Telegraph."
"I know that the only people who are supposed to like looking at pictures of boys are a sub-group of gay men. Well, I'd like to reclaim for women the right to appreciate the short-lived beauty of boys, real boys, not simpering 30 year-olds with shaved chests. The real snag is that everywhere I turn I find new pictures of absolutely outrageously lovely boys, and it's too late to get them into the book. But I keep downloading them, scanning them and printing them, just in case, and just for fun."
A refreshing admission -- she looks at beautiful boys "just for
fun." Her critics might say this is proof that she's really just
a dirty old woman. But before labeling her as a pervert, flip through
any fashion or entertainment magazine, take a look at the Abercomie &
Fitch catalogue, or watch a few minutes of MTV; you'll soon realize that
Germaine Greer's not the only person who enjoys looking at hot young dudes