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FEMINIST GERMAINE GREER SPARKS
FREEDOM OF SPEECH DEBATE FOR VIEWS
ON TRANSGENDER WOMEN
AUSTRALIAN feminist Germaine Greer has refused to
back down from fiery claims that transgender women
are ‘not real women’.
Now, Greer’s explosive views have steered a public
punch-on between those defending freedom of
expression and those outraged by her ‘harmful’ remarks
on transgender people.
In an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight to defend her
views amid cries to cancel her upcoming lecture at the
University of Cardiff, Greer said misogyny played a large
role in the rumoured decision by Glamour magazine to
award Jenner with its Woman of the Year title.
“ I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that
a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman
will be a better woman than someone who is just born a
woman,” Greer said.
“ It seems to me that what was going on there was that
he/she wanted the limelight that the other, female,
members of the family were enjoying and has
The Female Eunuch author labelled claims she was
inciting violence against the transgender community
as “absolute nonsense”. to print about us.” and the debate
over same-sex parenting is “sort of like debating whether we
LUKE FOLEY SAYS HATE SPEECH
SHOULD BE A CRIME
The NSW Opposition is pushing a new
offence to ensure people who
promote or advocate violence based
on race, gender or sexual orientation
are punished under the law.
Current provisions under Section 20D
of the Anti-Discrimination Act requires
five elements to be proven before
a person is found guilty – including
whether the person’s words or
writings actually “incite” violence.
To date, no one has been successfully
prosecuted under the law.
While promoting her new book According To Yes, the comedienne
revealed she had thought about experimenting.
She told The Telegraph: ‘I ’ve thought about it. I haven’t wanted to do it
enough otherwise I would have. I ’ve fantasised about all kinds of things,
The 58-year-old has been married to her husband Mark Bignes for two
years, and is just about convinced she’s heterosexual.
‘As far as I know I’m straight. There are a couple of women I think if I really
met them, but they’re famous people in America that I think, “Oooh I think
I would with her!” But actually confronted with the real, actual throbbing
person, I ’m not sure I would.’
During the 90s Dawn starred in a play with Jennifer Saunders where the
pair had to French kiss. She described the experience as ‘lovely’.Dawn is
promoting her new book, According To Yes, about a girl called Rosie who
is ‘sexually liberated’.
DAWN FRENCH CONFESSES TO HAVING HAD ‘LESBIAN
FANTASIES’ WHILE DISCUSSING NEW BOOK
NSW Labor’s proposed offence – to be
contained within the Crimes Act 1900
would enable police to begin their
own investigation and remove any
requirement that the Attorney General
must first give consent for a
prosecution to proceed.
The new offence would also enable
prosecutors to seek a court order to
gag the individual in question pending
the outcome of the trial.
NSW Labor would welcome a
bipartisan approach on eradicating
hate speech and calls on the Baird
Government to work with it to develop
the new offence.
ACON SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR
2015 ENDING HIV RED RIBBON
ACON is currently recruiting
volunteers to help out with the an-
nual Red Ribbon Street Appeal in the
lead up to and on World AIDS Day,
Volunteers are needed in Sydney,
Newcastle, Wollongong, Lismore, Port
Macquarie and Coffs Harbour to sell
ribbons and collect donations at
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the
event is the organisation’s most
important fundraising activity for the
“ The money we raise through the
Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal is vital
to the work of ACON as it helps us run
programs and services that are es-
sential to ending the HIV epidemic in
NSW,” Mr Parkhill says.
“ Thanks to recent advances in HIV
treatments and testing technologies, we
now have the ability to virtually eliminate
HIV transmission in NSW by the end of
the decade. But to realise this goal, we
need to get people to test more, treat
early and stay safe. And to do that, we
need to expand our rapid testing ser-
vice, increase education about the ben-
efits of early treatment and get more
gay men to practice safe sex.
To volunteer to sell ribbons on the
street or in your workplace, please
visit redribbonappeal.org.au or call
• Sydney - (02) 9206 2000
•Hunter - (02) 4962 7700
•Northern Rivers - (02) 6622 1555
•Port Macquarie - (02) 6584 0943
• Coffs Harbour - (02) 6651 6017
•Southern NSW - (02) 9206 2113
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