In case you missed it, Germaine was in Melbourne over the weekend speaking at a conference on Jane Austen and Comedy organised by blogdom’s own Laura. Helen went along and has all the good oil posted at the Cast Iron Balcony. Another Outspoken Female was there too. And so, Helen reports, was that lioness of teh Decent Left, Pamela Bone, who, as you would expect at a conference on Jane Austen and Comedy, seized the chance to ask Greer why she wasn’t doing teh loud condemnation thang about rape in Darfur:
Maybe shamefully, I was hoping for a hint of controversy – a provocative remark, a hint of intellectual stoush maybe – and blow me down if Pamela Bone didn’t stand up right at the very end, in question time, and ask why, if Germaine was able to talk about the patriarchal structures binding Fanny Price and other female heroines, why she wasn’t … I forget here what she was actually advocating Greer do at the time, but anyway, feminists aren’t doing enough.
Unsurprisingly, this is the one aspect that Andrew Bolt has picked up on, taking time out from that last redoubt of the defeated culture warrior, climate change denialism blogging, which has seemingly been the focus of most of his energy since the election. Bolt observes of Greer:
(She was speaking to an audience of English teachers, nearly all women.)
Hang on dude! Remember the culture wars script. You’re meant to be the true feminist… So you might be better off not implying that an audience made up of “nearly all women” are teh dumb. Or those Maoist postmodernist teachers. Whatevs. I wish I’d been there to hear Greer talk about, well, Jane Austen and Comedy.
Update: Another Greer talk report from Pavlov’s Cat.