Noted Aussie feminist author Germaine Greer was left baffled after an LGBTI advocacy group ‘glitter bombed’ her at a book signing in New Zealand’s capital today.
Covered in glitter as the culprits make their hasty getaway, she’s clearly not happy.
The Queer Avengers group, who argue that Greer espouses ‘transphobic feminism’, has claimed responsibility for the sparkly attack in Wellington.
Transpeople’s concern over Greer stems from a 2009 column in The Guardian, in which she reacts to the row over whether intersex Olympian Caster Semenya can qualify in the women’s events.
“Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so,” she wrote. “We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female.”
“Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century,” Stacey of the Queer Avengers tells NZ’s gay media GayNZ.com and Express. “It wasn’t okay then and it’s not okay now. Women’s liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression.”
The group handed out flyers saying ‘Transphobia is bullshit’, and are increasingly vocal about recent news media reports they say have been insensitive to gender diverse New Zealanders.