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Women like to watch other women being attacked, says Germaine Greer

  • The feminist author, 79, said portrayals of violence were satisfying the audience

  • She said women were watching and reading portrayals of female victimhood

  • It follows criticism of sexual violence in TV dramas such as Luther and The Fall 

Germaine Greer has claimed that women are fuelling the appetite for rape and female murder in the media.

 Referring to a recent episode of Scandi-noir drama, The Bridge, which depicts a woman being buried up to her neck and stoned to death, the second-wave feminist suggested in a Radio Times interview that the portrayal of female violence is driven by women, rather than objectification by men.

The 79-year-old, author of The Female Eunuch, also cites figures from Notre Dame University and the University of Texas about the sexual fantasies of female undergraduates. She claimed 52% of respondents admitted to fantasies of being “forced” by men, and 32% of being raped.

Greer continued: “The display of female victimhood in entertainment media is not the result of a conspiracy between wicked men to objectify, reify and sexualise women but a straightforward capitulation to market forces.

 “Female victimisation sells. What should disturb us is that it sells to women.”

Greer’s comments have drawn mixed reaction. Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings tweeted: “Rubbish – it’s not to do with fantasising, it’s about confronting/ taking control of fears.”

Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, who has made sex assault accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein, called Greer out as a “fail and a fraud,” while Jennifer Hodge replied: “Germaine Greer is one feminist I can’t get behind.”

Germaine Greer: ‘Women Themselves’ Fuel Appetite For Rape And Murder On TV